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24 favorite products that bridge the gourmet/natural divide

24 favorite products that bridge the gourmet/natural divide

Your cheese case may be stocked by a bona fide cheesemonger and your antipasto bar brimming with a rainbow of international flavors, but such offerings are de rigueur these days. Yawn.

To attract today’s epicurean consumers, gourmet-like foods must touch every corner of your store—including the vegan, gluten-free and even nondairy sections, where taste once took a back seat to other quality standards. Not anymore.     

Luckily, it’s never been easier for natural products stores to go gourmet, answering consumer demand for better-tasting, better-for-you products.

A bevy of new offerings, from longtime natural manufacturers as well as smaller gourmet brands straddling the natural channel, emphasize high-quality ingredients and flavor.

Products like Daiya Foods’ dairy-free Jalapeño Garlic Havarti and Fearless’ Super Seed specialty chocolate with flax, hemp and chia seeds feel just as at home in natural products stores as in gourmet boutiques, and the marriage benefits both.

To help you make the most of this gourmet-natural crossover, our third annual Natural Foods Merchandiser's Gourmet Guide, out this month, offers 25 of the latest, greatest food products that meet the exacting standards of the natural products industry but also stand out for artisanal quality, premium ingredients and, of course, flavor.

Stock up on these favorite products from the following 5 hot categories:

5 new teas boast flavor and health benefits

5 new delicious dairy-free substitutes

5 favorite cheeses to stock

4 new pretty pickles waiting for your antipasto bar

5 new sweet-tooth tempting haut chocolate bars


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