Mintel’s Lynn Dornblaser and Melanie Zanoza Bartelme led an interactive product demonstration in the booth (S2667) on Tuesday afternoon in which they presented 14 new, and sometimes unusual, food and beverage products from around the world. Audience members got to get up close with the products as they were passed around during the talk, and afterwards they had the chance to sample some and vote for their favorite. Here’s a look at some of my favorites:
- Miel’s Honly Honey: This line of premium French honeys is unique because each honey is solely flavored by the pollen that the bees produce. The variety Dornblaser and Zanoza Bartelme presented featured notes of cocoa and musk. Other flavors include candied orange and jasmine, caramel and gingerbread, smoked tea and cream, and marzipan. The other interesting aspect of this product is its packaging. Each honey comes in a small squeezable pouch making it easy to have just a taste of honey any time you want.
- Lion Botanicals Prebiotic Dandelion Tea: Produced by Emray’s Gourmet and available in the United States, this tea comes in four flavors and is packaged in 10-oz glass bottles. The variety on display and available for tasting at the Mintel booth was the Blood Orange & Ginger flavor. The interest in botanicals is on the rise due to their health benefits, and this tea certainly qualifies. Lion Botanicals’ has blended organic dandelion root, leaf, and flower to create an herbal base that’s used across the four flavors. Said to have functional benefits for digestion, liver, and skin, this tea is slightly bitter from the dandelion which is balanced out by the sweetness of the juice, which makes up 18% of the beverage.
- The Golden Duck Gourmet Salted Egg Yolk Fish Skin Crisps: This snack product from Singapore is one of Dornblaser’s favorites because, according to her, they have the taste and texture of pork rinds. The crispy fish skins are tossed and rolled in a salted egg yolk powder and some spices, making them “so sinful, so good, so worth the calories,” according to the manufacturer. For those a little less adventurous, the company also makes Salted Egg Yolk Potato Crisps.
- Tervens Chickpea Fusilli with Crickets: From Finland comes this gluten-free pasta enriched with powder made from dried crickets. While it may be more common for Americans to see crickets used in snack bars, this takes the protein-rich insect into a new form—pasta. According to Zanoza Bartelme, this product introduces crickets in a much subtler way, lessening the off-putting reaction that a lot of Europeans and Americans might have to eating bugs.
- Dash Water British Sparkling Spring Water Infused with Wonky Lemons: Developed by the UK start-up brand Dash Water, this line of carbonated zero-calorie water is infused with “wonky” fruit and vegetables. The lemons, cucumbers, and raspberries used to make the three varieties are what Americans would call “ugly”—meaning that they would most likely end up thrown out before making it to the consumer. The company sources its wonky cucumbers from farms in Essex county, England, while the ugly lemons are imported from Sicily.
Dornblaser and Zanoza Bartelme will be giving this presentation again today at 3:30 p.m. In addition, there will be other presentations on foodservice trends, what healthy means to Millennials, and consumers’ purchase intent.