Plant-Based Foods, Functional Mushrooms Trend Strong at Fancy Food Show

February 21, 2018

Functional Mushrooms

Mushrooms, which the Trendspotters originally placed on the 2018 emerging trend list, are taking off as a functional ingredient. Long used in Eastern medicine, different varieties of mushrooms purporting varied benefits are showing up in beverages and, as a tie in with the plant-based trend, an alternative snack item.


  • Four Sigmatic Mushroom Elixers are four varieties of mushrooms in powdered-drink–packets that dissolve in hot water. Mushrooms include reishi, to reduce stress and promote sleep; chaga for antioxidants; cordyceps for energy and performance; and lion’s mane for brain and nervous system health.
  • Pan’s Mushroom Jerky is made of shiitake mushrooms and has a meaty texture.
  • Yuguo Farms Mushroom Chips are made from whole, sustainably grown shiitake mushrooms.

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