Every year, grocery store Whole Foods makes a list of the food trends they predict will take off in the next 12 months. This year was no different. What does the Amazon-owned store believe people will be chowing down?
The ketogenic diet has held steady as one of the most popular eating styles. The base of the diet is the fat found in foods like cheese, nuts, and more. Whole Foods predicts keto-friendly products will be taking off and expanding into flavored ghees, more coffee drinks, and more coconut butter. Other fatty ingredients like argan oil, almond oil, and collagen will also be popular.
Flavors from the Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim countries include Australia, China, Laos, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Fruits like pineapple, passionfruit, coconut, guava, mango, and more will be appearing in everything from water to salad dressing, while you’ll also start seeing savory ingredients and dishes like dried shrimp, cuttlefish, and Filipino pork sausage in restaurants. Whole Foods will be releasing a whole new line of products like guava vinaigrette and mango pudding mix.
Alternative frozen treats
Everyone loves ice cream, but not everyone loves the amount of calories and sugar. For years, alternative frozen treats like high-protein ice cream, frozen yogurt, and gelato have been flying off the shelves, and Whole Foods predicts the trend will continue. You’ll even start seeing unique, dairy-free bases like coconut water and avocado, with mix-ins like frozen cheese swirls. Frozen treats from other countries like Taiwanese snow ice, which includes shaved ice mixed with fruit syrup, fruit, and condensed milk, and Mexican nieves de garrafa, an ancient treat with a texture between sorbet and gelato, will also be more present.
Sea greens include some of the healthiest veggies you can eat, and we’ll be seeing more of them this year, especially in snacks. Whether it’s kelp noodles, seaweed butter, or popped water lily seeds, which have been enjoyed in India for thousands of years, the food industry is going to be offering more seaworthy options for consumers.