The Next Big (Foodie) Thing: Whole Foods’ Predictions for the Top 10 Food Trends of 2021
According to the experts at Whole Foods, these top 10 food trends are going to be HUGE.
1. Well-Being is Served.
The lines are blurring between supplements and groceries. That means an emphasis on superfoods, probiotics, and broths. Suppliers are incorporating functional ingredients like vitamin C, mushrooms, and adaptogens (plants that are marketed as helping the body resist stressors of all kinds) to promote a calm mind and strong immune system.
Products to watch: Kombucha, Mushroom Coffee, and Turmeric Tea
2. Epic Breakfast Every Day.
As people continue to work from home, breakfast is getting some serious attention. There’s a whole new line up of health-conscious breakfast foods hitting shelves.
Products to watch: Frozen Sous Vide Egg Bites, Instant Oatmeal fortified with protein, and Meatless Breakfast Sausages
3. Basics on Fire.
Enter hot new takes on pantry staples like pasta, sauces, and spices. Get ready for re-imagined classics.
Products to watch: Hearts of Palm pasta, Flavor-Infused Honey, and Veggie Rice (a blend of lentils, chickpeas, peas, and rice)
4. Coffee Beyond the Mug.
People love coffee! And lucky for us, it can now be found in several foods including snack bars, granola, yogurt, and smoothie enhancers
Products to watch: Blended Greek Yogurt, Caffeinated Energy Bars, and Packaged Chia Pudding
5. Baby Food, All Grown Up.
Baby food has never been so nutrient-dense. With a little culinary innovation, on-the-go pouches now include fruits like rhubarb, herbs, and flaxseed.
Products to watch: Various brands, check food labels and ingredient lists!
6. Upcycled Foods.
There’s been a huge rise in packaged products that include peels, pulp, stems, and other undesirable plant parts that would have been previously thrown out. By utilizing these underused parts, companies are reducing food waste.
Products to watch: Pulp chips, Upcycled Baking Flours, and Vegetable Soups made from imperfect produce
7. Oil Change.
A few new plant based oils have hit the market. Walnut, pumpkin seed and sunflower seed oil bring their own unique flavors and properties.
Products to watch: Keep check of the cooking oil section at your favorite grocery store
8. Boozed-Up Booch.
Alcoholic kombucha will be making an appears on store shelves. Consumers 21 years and older can enjoy live probiotic cultures in every sip.
Products to watch: Various brands; please drink responsibly!
9. The Mighty Chickpea.
Chickpeas are the new cauliflower. Think beyond hummus, falafel and chickpea pasta.
Products to watch: Chickpea Flour, Chickpea Tortillas and Chickpea Cereal
10. Fruit and Veggie Jerky.
Mushroom, mango, banana, and jack fruit jerky? You bet. Dried at peak freshness to preserve nutrients and taste, fruit and veggie jerky are seasoned with sweet and savory flavors.
Products to watch: Various meatless jerky and pressed fruit combos