80 countries. 2,400 vendors. 180,000 edible luxuries. Welcome to the 2013 NYC Summer Fancy Food Show, where we had the chance to discover the leading names in organic, vegan, and all-around environmentally-friendly foods, from chocolate to coffee to spices to boxed water. Some brands we hope to see partnering with Lux & Eco and TRUE Luxury Life in the near future, and others were just inspiring to hear about their intentional efforts to bring quality to the table, literally. When a company chooses to don the label of organic, natural, fair trade, vegan, etc., it means they come with a back story that influenced that choice. And for us, it is a story worth sharing. So here are some highlights from the fanciest foodie event of the summer and the eco-conscious brands that headlined it!
From it’s stunning packaging to it’s exotic, smoky flavors, the sea salts and line of spices by The Spice Lab are a gourmet product that you need in your kitchen – for culinary, therapeutic, and decorative purposes. Another savory salt and spice brand that had more than our palates impressed was Salt 424, packaged in bright, exotically colored, yet simply elegant jars. The salt is extracted only from the Dead Sea at 424 meters below sea level, where the environment naturally dries the salts leaving behind natural potassium, bromine, magnesium, and 21 other minerals at levels 10x that of any other sea salt. The company also partners with efforts to protect and preserve the Sea, one of the 10 natural wonders of the world.
On the opposite spectrum of the palate, Mielcom‘s sweet, tangy honey boxed in stunning, reusable jars or packaged in individual on-the-go packets come straight from the jungles of Campeche, Mexico. All their honey in every flavor variety are 100% organic, pesticide free, and free of GM pollen and other toxic residues.
How has one Chilean village been able to drink the purest, most nutritious potable water in the world for over a century now? By taking it straight from the streams of the Andes Mountains fed into Lake Colico. And now the freshwater has been captured and bottled exclusively and branded as “A”. The water is naturally purified to begin with, as the ecosystem itself is sustained and balanced. It is bottled with the lowest possible salt content and the glass packaging and compact boxing ability ensures a minimal carbon footprint. “A” is a refreshing, trustworthy, and high-end taste of nature.
Across the Atlantic, the latest technology in water on the go isn’t in a bottle, but a box. Icebox is a Norwegian company providing naturally filtered and cleansed water from Rustard Spring in a biodegradable carton. They’re the first to package water this way and the water itself is safer than any purified tap or bottled waters – guaranteed BPA-free, unprocessed, and chemical free.
We also fell in love with Pascha Chocolate, Ethical Bean Coffee, and DeeBee’s TeaPops – all organic, fair trade brands out of Canada that are committed to providing products that every taste bud craves using responsible methods and allergen-free ingredients.
If you’re not too full, check out more information on these brands and others who are taking the extra step to produce eco-friendly, mouth-watering products. They are the individuals who understand passion and compassion can coexist to create the most sought-after luxury goods, and are the future of food. And despite the Fancy Food Show being a maze (and a delicious one at that) the fact that there was no “organic” section but that each of these brands were integrated throughout the thousands of vendors is proof that eco-consciousness is moving towards the mainstream – the most satisfying aspect of all.