Specialty Food Magazine

Winter 2020

Specialty Food Magazine is the leading publication for retailers, manufacturers and foodservice professionals in the specialty food trade. It provides news, trends and business-building insights that help readers keep their businesses competitive.

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THE INDUSTRY WEIGHS IN BY MARK HAMSTRA SPECIALTY FOOD SPECIALTYFOOD.COM S pecialty food buyers, makers, and foodservice operators are optimistic in their outlook for the new year, despite some potential headwinds from the new tariffs on certain foods from Europe. Companies are largely enthusiastic about their investments in ecommerce and technology, and they expect these investments to pay off in the form of increased convenience and an improved shopping experience for consumers. Consumer demand for convenience is also being seen in the evolution of retail store formats, as operators continue to expand offerings such as prepared foods and experiment with smaller, neighborhood-focused designs. INDUSTRY OUTLOOK

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