One of my favourite foodie activities at this time of the year is visiting and exploring the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City. Last year, I attended the show for the first time and was amazed by the number of exhibitors and producers, and the quality and diverse range of produce being exhibited.
Being in the Big Apple again this summer, my trip would not have been complete if I had not visited this year’s event, which was held from 29th June to 1st July. The show, once again, exceeded my expectations, and gave me a unique opportunity to learn about new products and observe trends in the American food industry.
As well as hosting a plethora of North American food and beverage companies, the show also featured international trade delegations and producers from a wide variety of countries. Within this fascinating global food village, there was a strong British presence at the ‘Food is GREAT’ pavilion.
The show’s British contingent consisted of 58 food companies (either exhibiting or visiting the show) and was organised by a 3-way collaboration between PS8 Ltd, the Food and Drink Exporters Association (FDEA), and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI). It was great to see familiar, home-grown specialty food producers, such as Cornish Sea Salt, Chi Drinks, and Pukka Herbs, displaying their produce alongside other fine food producers from around the world.
I spoke to Karen Beston (Project Manager from PS8) and Lauren Dickerson (the Food and Drink Specialist from UKTI USA) about the British pavilion, and about the work that they do with British producers who are exploring the possibility of exporting their produce to the US market.
You can hear my interview with Karen and Lauren by clicking on the play button below.