Trends

Asian Flavor Trends from the World’s Leading Expert in Eastern Food & Beverage Flavors

It’s official – Asian food is the fastest growing cuisine in the United States.

According to a Euromonitor report​, sales of Asian QSR food grew by more than 135% over the last 25 years and the category has a CAGR of 11.8% forecasted through 2026. The rise of Asian foods is reflective of a larger overall trend toward international cuisine, spurred by increasingly adventurous tastes of younger consumers and broadening demand for exciting new food experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While grouped together, the Asian food and beverage category represents a diversity of cuisines ranging from Chinese and Japanese

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Notes from a food critic’s napkins: wining and dining trends and expectations

I’VE EATEN MORE restaurant meals outdoors than in dining rooms this year. I dined on back patios and along sidewalks, where the server had dragged out lawn chairs. I dined on curbs or on the lower rung of public stairs. And I spread takeout on the dashboard of my Camry, or on the hood, and ate in the parking lot.

In between bites, I scribbled notes on napkins about menus and issues chefs raised while I was waiting for my takeout. Here are some observations that came from those notes.

Could the Eastside become the

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Whole Foods unveils its top 10 product and grocery trends for 2022

A team of product experts dubbed the trends council at Whole Foods Market compiled their top 10 predictions for food trends to keep an eye out for in 2022.

The group of over 50 regional and global buyers, local foragers and culinary experts found functional beverages, yuzu products and reducetarianism to be among the top food influences. They analyzed product sourcing and consumer preferences to make their list. Check out the full breakdown of buzzworthy items expected to rise in popularity in the next year.

Ultraurban Farming

In 2013, Whole Foods opened a store in Brooklyn with a greenhouse on

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Hard seltzer, 7 spices and plant-based eating are among food trends

The International Food Information Council’s 2020 Food and Health Survey looked at the changes brought on by COVID that will continue to influence shopping and dining trends this year and going forward:

  • 54% of all consumers, and 63% of those 50+, care more about the healthfulness of their food and beverage choices in 2020 than they did in 2019
  • 28% of Americans eat more proteins from plant sources than they did in 2019
  • 24% eat more plant-based dairy, and 17% eat more plant-based meat alternatives.
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The survey results mirror trends

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