Every year, our team has the opportunity to attend the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Expo where the latest and greatest in the produce industry is showcased. Our team set out to see what the new “hot” items will be for 2019.
In the past, trends like cauliflower rice and veggie noodles (which were still huge this year), made their debut.
This year, we saw more trends emerge and have an exciting list of new products that will be hitting stores soon.
We sampled our way through the show floor and pulled together a list of our favorites. From new bagged salad options to dips and snack items, you’ll be sure to find a new favorite on this list.
Upcoming Produce Trends
All the Mushrooms!
Mushrooms were definitely a star this weekend. While blended burgers (where you blend mushrooms in with the meat to create a healthier burger) have been growing recently, new items like dried mushroom “chips” and mushroom jerky were seen from several brands this year. If you’re a mushroom fan, keep your eye out for these!
With the rise of #MeatlessMonday, many families are going meatless once a week and looking to plant-based foods to provide protein. New items like the Good Foods Group plant-based dips (see below) and Cece’s Veggie Co Shells & Cheez (butternut squash “shells” with vegan Cheddar cheez) are helping families embrace a plant-based diet.
If you’re not familiar with this root veggie from Mexico, it’s time to! With a crunchy texture similar to an apple, jicama is great to chop up and add to salads, salsas and more. At the show, we also saw jicama showcased as chips and tortillas. We couldn’t stop snacking on these!
From Pete’s Living Greens to a new partnership between Del Fresco Pure and Cubic Farms to grow living greens, microgreen and basil, living greens can help keep your produce fresher longer. Living greens are harvested with their roots intact, meaning you can pick what you need and the rest will continue to stay fresh for up to 7 days longer.
New Products Coming Soon
Wonderful® Pistachios Shelled Flavored Pistachios – If you love their flavored pistachios but hate shelling them, don’t fret! New shelled, flavored pistachios in flavors like Chili Roasted and Honey Roasted are coming soon.
Green Giant® Fresh Meal Bowls – These convenience meal bowls are made with veggie noodles and cauliflower rice for a quick and easy meal that just requires heating. With flavors like Sweet Potato & Cauliflower Crumbles Buddha Bowl, Carrot Noodle Pad Thai, Teriyaki “Fried Rice” and Butternut Squash Noodle Ramen Bowl, there’s one for everyone!
Fresh Express® Sauté Kits – Simply heat oil in a pan, sauté the contents of the kit, add the included sauce and enjoy! Add your favorite protein or grain for a complete meal with flavors like Lemon Garlic Spinach, Tuscan Kale with Genovese Pesto, Teriyaki Bok Choy and Bacon and Cider Greens.
New Salad Blends from Earthbound Farm® – Be on the lookout for new blends like Baby Red Butter, Rose Blend and Mighty Spinach coming soon. Whether you enjoy as a salad or add to your favorite smoothie, these new blends will be a hit.
Love Beets Beet Salsa and Beet Powder – The beet salsa is packed with flavor for a delicious snack you won’t be able to stop eating. The beet powder is great to add to smoothies, sauces, baked goods and more. Trust us, you won’t mind the bright, vibrant color either.
Marie’s® Market Reserve Dressings – these new dressings are free from preservatives, artificial ingredients and flavors, and gluten-free with 60 calories or less per serving. Flavors include Meyer Lemon Basil, Southwest Style Ranch, Smoked Black Pepper Caesar and more.
Mann’s Breakfast Nourish Bowls – Simply add 1-2 eggs and microwave for a hearty breakfast that’s ready in minutes. Packed with veggies, protein like diced ham or chicken chorizo and delicious toppings like cheese or pico de Gallo, these will hit the spot in the morning.
DOLE® Slawesome Kits – Get slawesome with these new kits in flavors like Smokey BBQ, Mango Sriracha, Fiesta Lime and Sweet Apple. Simply mix and use in your favorite recipes.
Good Foods New Plant-Based Dips – After taste-testing these new dips, it was hard to pick a favorite! Made from plant sources, like cauliflower and cashews, these dips contain no preservatives or added sugar. Flavors include Buffalo, Queso, Avocado Pesto, Creamy Cilantro and Tzatziki.
Eat Smart® Chopped & Crumbled Salad Kits – Salad kits continue to be on the rise! New kits from Eat Smart come chopped and ready to go in flavors like Mediterranean Crunch, Bistro Bacon and Apple Gouda.
Chelan Fresh Lucy Glo and Lucy Rose Apples – These apples look normal on the outside but offer a surprise on the inside! Lucy Glo is tart with a hint of sweet, while Lucy Rose is sweet with a hint of berry.
Crunch Pak® Pear Slices & New Snackers – The leader in fresh sliced apples also now has fresh sliced pears! Crunch Pak also debuted new Snackers, pairing apple sliced with cheese and blueberries for a delicious snack!