From the Ground Up cauliflower-based snacks on display at the Summer Fancy Food Show
In keeping with the mention at a buyer panel by Robin McNamara, of Roche Bros. Supermarkets, of plant-based food items as an emerging trend, the Summer Fancy Food Show floor was blooming with plant-based products of nearly every description, ranging from snacks to pastas and meat alternatives – giving vegans, vegetarians and flexitarians alike more choices, as well as providing tasty options for those interested in the health benefits of plant-based fare.
The Flowering of Cauliflower
One particular standout ingredient was cauliflower, once a humble vegetable minding its own business as a somewhat bland side dish, but now a plant-based powerhouse that promises great nutrition as well as fewer carbs. Among the cauliflower-based products on display at the Fancy Food Show were Caulipower, founded by the mom of two sons with celiac disease, which offers naturally gluten-free frozen pizzas and pizza crusts, as well as baking mixes; Outer Aisle Gourmet, which makes refrigerated Sandwich Thins and Pizza Crusts with fresh cauliflower and cage-free eggs; Halen Brands’ From the Ground Up, a line of snack crackers and pretzels that were suitably crispy while retaining cauliflower’s distinctive flavor; Kitchen & Love’s Cauliflower Quick Meals in spicy Peruvian Vegetable Ceviche, Moroccan Vegetable Harissa and Indian Vegetable Curry varieties; and Gaea’s Cauliflower Veggie Snack pack variety marinated in virgin olive oil and lemon.