Whole Foods Market has released their predictions for the top food trends in 2018. From unique floral flavors to functional mushrooms and Middle Eastern cuisine, Whole Foods predicts a rather flavorful 2018.
The retailer’s global and local experts could not ignore the growing consumer voice when it comes to transparency, specifically as it relates to product labeling. Non-GMO standards are top of mind, but they also cited Fair Trade certification, responsible production, and animal welfare standards; as information consumers are looking for on their product labels.
According to Innova Market Insights and many other industry experts, a growing number of consumers are moving toward flexitarian and vegetarian lifestyles. Whole Foods identified the role food science will play in answering the call. The report explained, “Plant-based diets and dishes continue to dominate the food world, and now the tech industry has a seat at the table, too. By using science to advance recipes and manipulate plant-based ingredients and proteins, these techniques are creating mind-bending alternatives like “bleeding” vegan burgers or sushi-grade “not-tuna” made from tomatoes. These new production techniques are also bringing some new varieties of nut milks and yogurts made from pili nuts, peas, bananas, macadamia nuts and pecans. Dairy-free indulgences like vegan frosting, brownies, ice cream, brioche and crème brûlée are getting so delicious, non-vegans won’t know the difference – or they might choose them anyway!”
See what other trends Whole Foods identified for 2018.
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