Happy New Year! 2017 will bring new hopes, aspirations, and opportunities for growth. The food industry is no exception with experts predicting the food trends that will emerge this year.
Sustainability is expected to increase as consumers base more food choices on where their food is coming from, how it is grown, and how it is raised. Look for more transparency with food labels, greater emphasis on locally sourced food, and cage-free or pasture-raised meats.
Global cuisine is expected to increase, particularly from regions such as the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Experts anticipate more exotic flavors being used in restaurants, snacks, and even condiments.
Vegetables are expected to shine in 2017 as more restaurants take a plant-based focus. You might be seeing more chickpeas, turnips, beets, and mushrooms taking center stage. Anticipate tasty options such as meatless bbq ribs, buffalo portabella mushroom burgers, and eggplant braciole.
Gut health has been a hot topic lately and experts expect gut-friendly foods to continue rising in popularity. We may be seeing more fermented and pickled foods as well as probiotic rich yogurt, kimchi, and kefir.
With busy schedules people are looking for easy meal options. Ready-to-eat meal delivery is expected to continue thriving as more chefs are offering home delivery services. Keep watch for more cars, bikes, and even drones delivering food in the near future. In fact drones have already delivered burritos at Virginia Tech, pizza in New Zealand, and sandwiches in Nevada.
2017 is sure to create an exciting and adventurous food landscape. Get out there, try new things, and make 2017 the healthiest year yet.