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February 21, 2018

The #1 food trend for 2018 is…

The newest food trend to watch for this year? It's Israeli cuisine. That's according to San Francisco-based consulting firm AF&Co. This diverse, somewhat hard-to-define cuisine is rich in flavor and…
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February 20, 2018

Your brand ready to embrace Gen Z’s obsession with over-the-top food trends?

Gen Zs have been praised as many things during their relatively brief time on this earth —dream consumers, world saviors — but they also share a less laudable title: the first generation…
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February 20, 2018

Compostable and edible packaging: the companies waging war on plastic

Last year Ilana Taub’s startup prevented more than 50 tonnes of apples, bananas, blueberries and raspberries from going to landfill by creating snacks from surplus fruit. But, says the co-founder…
Food trendsMeat, fish and seafoodVegan
February 20, 2018

Flexitarians drive growth for meat substitutes in the EU

There is a vast unmet potential for meat substitutes across several EU countries, according to Euromonitor, as consumers become more aware of sustainability issues surrounding meat-based diets and are sensitive…
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February 19, 2018

New study reveals that taste is top reason US consumers eat plant-based proteins

Taste is the top reason (52%) US consumers choose to eat plant-based proteins, outranking concerns over diet (10%), animal protection (11%), the environment (13%) and even health (39%), according to…
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February 19, 2018

Why cauliflower is the new kale

For a while, it felt you couldn’t move for all the kale in London. Revoltingly virtuous friends baked it in the oven and said it made as satisfying a snack…
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February 18, 2018

7 Foodie Trends You’re Going To Start Seeing Everywhere

What did we all do for food inspiration before Pinterest? The social networking site is an absolute goldmine for foodies — offering everything from cooking and meal prep tips to delicious…
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February 18, 2018

Edible flowers and jujubes lead 2018 food trends

Edible flowers, the jujube fruit, and the reinvention of supper as a meal have been identified as three of the leading food trends of 2018. Bold flowers are set to…
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February 18, 2018

10 Trendy Superfoods Nutritionists Say You Can Skip

Superfoods, once a niche nutrition trend, have become so mainstream that even those who aren't interested in health and wellness know what they are. And that's definitely not a bad…
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February 18, 2018

From almond to soy to camel: How did milk get so diverse?

When it comes to selecting milk, long gone are the days when you were limited to full-fat, semi-skimmed or abstentious skimmed. Scan the aisles at any supermarket and you’ll spot…
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February 18, 2018

The Flavor Enhancer You Don’t Need to Tell Anyone About

When food obsessives announce that they have discovered a delicious new thing to eat, generally the first or second thing they’ll tell you is the secret ingredient or special technique…
Food trendsMeat, fish and seafoodNovotaste
February 16, 2018

The Food Lab’s Complete Guide to Sous Vide Smoked Brisket

This guide was produced for Serious Eats as part of our partnership with Anova, the makers of the Anova Precision Cooker. You can download the Anova Precision Cooker App (it's…
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February 15, 2018

Ranch dressing on Pizza?

Ranch dressing on pizza: the food trend has been around for a few years, and it shows no sign of slowing down. And with this trend, there are those that…
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February 15, 2018

Tropical flavours tipped to be major macaron trend

Floral and tropical flavoured macarons are set to become the next big thing, according to Brioche Pasquier. Ahead of National Macaron Day (20 March), the French patisserie producer has claimed…
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February 15, 2018

What Is Kohlrabi?

Are you familiar with kohlrabi? This hearty vegetable looks like a cross between celeriac and a turnip. It is great in soups, stir fry dishes, veggie burgers and delicious consumed…
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February 15, 2018

Cooking with cannabis: How can we educate about edibles to avoid a kitchen nightmare?

Forty-five per cent of Canadians are interested in cooking with cannabis, according to a Dalhousie University survey. But many people don't know how to safely consume edible cannabis, as evidenced…
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February 14, 2018

‘Eatertainment’ Venues Serve Up The Right Recipe To Attract Millennials

Millennials love to dine out. In fact, according to a study by Bankrate.com, the average Millennial eats out five times a week.  However, they are getting pickier about where they…
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February 14, 2018

Clean meat is the future of meat

In 30 years or so, I believe we will look back and be shocked at what was the accepted way we killed animals en masse for food. I think that…
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February 13, 2018

5 things every restaurateur needs to focus on for 2018

Richard Ehrlich writes about food and drink for a wide range of national and London-based publications. Here, he talks us through the top five things every restaurateur should focus on:…
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February 13, 2018

The life cycle of a health trend: How food transforms into a miracle remedy

From kombucha to kale to a Kardashian-endorsed honey product, new “health food” trends catch on like a cold in a kindergarten classroom. But how does a food transform from just…
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February 13, 2018

How is Big Food using accelerators and incubators?

As the food majors of North America and Europe broadly struggle to rejuvenate sales in the face of changing consumer habits, company strategists are looking at a range of ways…
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February 13, 2018

Make Way For Mangos In 2018 With Top Culinary Trends

The National Mango Board (NMB) invites chefs and restaurant operators to keep menus on trend with flavorful, colorful and multipurpose mangos, taking advantage of buzz from the National Restaurant Association’s…
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February 12, 2018

Yo Coco ice cream is taking the food world by storm

Ice cream is, at its very core, a dairy-rich dessert and no-one can easily say no to any scoop of it. With inspired ice cream makers now taking those scoops to…
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February 12, 2018

Snack Foods That Cater to Keto and Other Popular Diets

At a San Francisco food show, vendors showed off their latest snack products from chocolate made with coconut sugar to teas brewed with collagen. The food trends currently holding court…
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February 12, 2018

Trends driving innovation and consumption

The growing influence of technology, social media and globalisation has made people more willing to question traditional definitions of identity and embrace “more complex, fluid expressions of self beyond gender,…
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February 8, 2018

Top wacky and weird food trends for 2018

Food never goes out of fashion, but there’s always something new we become obsessed with – from avocado toast to cactus juice. But what are this year’s foodie next big…
Food trendsMeat, fish and seafoodVegan
February 8, 2018

High-Tech Meat Is The Unstoppable, Sustainable Food Trend Of 2018

Welcome to a world in which we can have our burgers (and eat them, too) without ever raising livestock. 2018 is the year alternative meats—those produced from plant-derived proteins that…
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February 5, 2018

Butter chicken: Various versions of the classic dish is being served to attract the millennials

It's one of the most popular restaurant dishes on Indian menus all across the world. Unlike more complex curries, this one is simplistic. There is no sophisticated spicing or intricate…
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February 1, 2018

Ireland’s seaweeds offer a huge diversity of flavour, colour and texture as well as rich nutritional benefits and even convenient culinary applications

Food trends may come and go, but it's not often we get the chance to embrace a whole new category of natural ingredients that offer a huge diversity of flavour,…
Food trends
February 1, 2018

2018 Food trends you need to know about

1. Food Telling Food with a Message. It responds to a demand for transparent, attractive, accessible information. It connects the consumer to what he or she consumes, and at the…
Food trends
January 31, 2018

Uber Eats reveals biggest 2018 food trends

One of the biggest online ordering and delivery platform base Uber Eats has recently uncovered its hottest food trends of the year. These food trends were revealed by this food…
Food trends
January 31, 2018

Hottest food trends of 2018

People are dining out for healthier food. Jackfruit, coconut and charcoal are among the top-selling menu items of the year, according to new data from restaurant management platform Upserve’s State…
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January 30, 2018

Instagram food fads that actually taste horrible

Social media users have dared to post their real thoughts on viral food trends, despite the overwhelming majority of people on Instagram raving about them with glossy images. You can't…
Food trends
January 30, 2018

Food Trends Report – Indian Cuisine And Millets Are About To Blow Up in 2018

Look out world because Indian cuisine and millets are here to steal the show! According to the Godrej Food Trends Report, indigenous ingredients are in, and Indian households are favoring…
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December 20, 2017

Top Healthy Food Trends Of 2017

It’s fun to look back on the new foods that permeated wellness culture over the past year. We asked some of the best R.D.s and wellness experts in the country…
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December 20, 2017

The Best Food Trends of 2017 | L.A. Weekly

2017 has surely been a stellar year for L.A.'s restaurants, with the high-profile openings of not one but two tasting-menu-only restaurants, Vespertine and Dialogue, from acclaimed, trailblazing chefs. The year…
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December 18, 2017

Beyond Meat launches a line of plant-based sausages

CEO Ethan Brown told Business Insider that Beyond Sausage will initially sell for $8 — including a bun and unlimited toppings — at a booth in a Whole Foods in…
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December 18, 2017

109 of the Hottest 2018 Food Trends

Always looking to be ahead of the curve when it comes to food trends? Then you’re in luck—we have the scoop on what’s going to be big on the scene…
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December 12, 2017

9 Fast Food Trends for 2018

Quick-service operators can expect an even more cut-throat market—if such a thing even seems possible—in 2018, as restaurant experts predict tougher competition for the value-minded consumer. But that's not all…
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December 12, 2017

How insects are making their way onto Montreal plates

Creepy, crawly insects are just one good marketing makeover away from becoming the "superfood" those who love them want to see it become. An event called Insects to the Rescue…
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December 11, 2017

New food trend: Fatballs

Fatballs are the latest food trend sweeping the wellness scene. You may have heard of other similarly named snacks such as protein balls, energy balls and bliss balls… so what…
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December 11, 2017

The Biggest Flavour of 2018: Fig?

Just over a week into December, plenty of predictions for 2018 have already rolled in, and – no offense to the fruit best known for its association with the Newton…
Food trends
December 11, 2017

Why Consumers Prefer Artisan Over Big Box Brands

When most of us were kids and it came time to leave out the customary sampling of cookies and milk on Christmas Eve, odds were that St. Nick had to…
Food trends
December 11, 2017

Campbell’s: The top 6 food trends for 2018

The Campbell's Culinary & Baking Institute (CCBI) has released what it has identified as the six biggest and most accessible food trends of 2018. The trends are based on information…
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December 8, 2017

Hong Kong’s hot pot obsession

Gai Bo is so comforting, flavourful and affordable that it has become a staple in a city that has a short attention span when it comes to food trends. It…
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December 8, 2017

2018 food trends: Taste the future

Loblaw 2018 Canadian Food Trends encourage home chefs to be creative in the kitchen and discover new family favourites. More protein for breakfast, improving our gut health, reducing our sugar…
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December 8, 2017

Yellow, black and red: Adding color as well as flavor to dishes | Nation’s Restaurant News

Creative chefs are adept at tapping into trends by means of ingredients. The addition of feta cheese and tzatziki to a basic burger gives it a Greek slant, just as…
Food trendsMeat, fish and seafoodVegan
December 7, 2017

How brands can tap into the ‘flexitarian’ trend

More than a quarter of people have reduced their meat intake over the past six months but consumers are still turned off by terms like 'vegetarian'. When Jeremy Corbyn revealed last…
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December 6, 2017

NRA’s hot trend predictions for 2018

Gourmet kids meals, Peruvian cuisine and house-made condiments In 2018, American kids will be eating a wider range of foods and grown-ups will be swapping out carbs for vegetables and…
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December 6, 2017

The ingredients to watch in 2018: Chaga mushroom, green banana flour, casacara, hemp and blue spirulina

Chaga mushroom, green banana flour, casacara, hemp and blue spirulina: These are the ingredients to watch in 2018, according to market researchers at Mintel. Chaga mushroom, green banana flour, hemp…
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December 6, 2017

Food Trends 2018: Sushi Croissants, Plant Protein and Tea

Last year’s food trend predictions heralded the dawn of a coconut craze and taco fever. Food trends in 2018 will include more alternatives, new flavors, and an emphasis on environmentally…
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December 6, 2017

Bold flavours and healthy ingredients add a creative touch to sauces and bases – Restobiz

From adding their own unique ingredients to jazz up a standard sauce base to answering the call for healthy, ethnically influenced recipes, Canadian chefs have a growing number of options…
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December 6, 2017

2018 foodie trends: 9 restaurateurs and brewers predict ’em

Out with doughnuts; in with playful cocktails? Because we’re always looking ahead, we asked local tastemakers what they hope we’ll see and what they’d be more than happy to have…
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December 5, 2017

Analysis | Food-makers are taking salt and sugar out of food. But they’re adding fat.

Buffeted by changing consumer demands and concerns over the health effects of excess salt and sugar, the world’s largest food companies have tried to make their products more healthful. Many have promised…
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December 5, 2017

New Internationally-inspired Flavours for 2018

This year's Flavor Forecast highlights the casual, adventurous and interactive nature of how people are eating across the globe today. Dive into street food flavor fusion with a gyro-taco hybrid…
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December 4, 2017

Spicy flavour trend? Its still hot & becoming the new normal

There were 18,000 new products introduced in 2016 globally that were spicy—compare this with just 3,000 in 2007. It marks a 6% increase from the previous year, reaching a 20%…
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December 4, 2017

Tofu turkey with all the trimmings? A meat-free Christmas

Supermarkets are changing the menu this festive season. Forget about the Christmas nut roast – those who don’t eat meat are going to be spoilt for choice on 25 December…
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December 3, 2017

Big Food has been missing something big: Shifting consumer preferences

​Distracted by CEO departures and financial struggles, Specialty Foods Association President Phil Kafarakis says large CPGs have focused on “operational efficiencies” instead of innovations and shoppers' evolving choices. Food industry veteran and advocate Phil Kafarakis is president of…
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December 3, 2017

How to make trendy sweet potato toast

It looks like avocado toast will have to relinquish its crown as the hottest health trend on social media to a new picture-perfect sensation: sweet potato toast. Unlike its predecessor,…
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December 3, 2017

How the grilled cheese sandwich went gourmet

For some people cheese can seem as addictive as chocolate, especially when it's melted. To meet these cravings for all things cheddar, brie and parmesan, a slew of restaurants have…
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December 3, 2017

This Startup Has Invented Egg-Free Scrambled Eggs That Taste Like Eggs

After a tumultuous year of reported financial losses and executive departures, the food startup Hampton Creek is trying to get back on track by unveiling eggless scrambled eggs — a…
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December 3, 2017

Study supports use of cricket powder in emulsified meat products

Cricket powder has the potential to be used in emulsified meat products as a non-meat functional ingredient, according to a new study from scientists at Purdue University and Texas A&M.…
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December 2, 2017

Cookies come loaded with vegetables, but will consumers bite?

Farm & Oven is introducing Bakery Bites, a line of cookies featuring 40% of the daily-recommended vegetable intake per serving, according to Food Business News. They’re also high in fiber and have…
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December 1, 2017

2018 Flavour Trends

1. Floral: In 2018, you can expect creative floral twists like edible petals and rosewater. The pallet of floral flavors will include lavender, orange blossom, elderflower, and violet. 2. Puffed…
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December 1, 2017

Popular Food Trends May Create Safety Challenges in 2018

Those delicious fruit smoothies your store sells to health-conscious customers may be popular. But they may not be safe. Several modern food trends – including the smoothie craze – have…
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November 30, 2017

4 Key Dessert Trends for 2018

While industry trend watchers have already published their predications, no one knows better than pastry chefs themselves, who are currently concocting the next big thing — or at least the…
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November 30, 2017

Hot New Global Flavor Trends in 2018

Harissa, ras el hanout, curry—these are a few of the global flavor trends that are changing the face of American cuisine. The foodservice industry moves fast when it comes to…
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November 30, 2017

Triple ‘A’ Food & Beverage Trends for 2018

The trend that stands out this year is veganism. There are wide variations in the estimates of how big veganism is. Our own figure at MMR - based on surveying…
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November 29, 2017

2018 Bakery Trends

From indulgent hot chocolates to pumpkin spice lattes, every year the nation eagerly awaits the arrival of the latest ways to get a caffeine fix. Besides being an accompaniment to…
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November 29, 2017

2018 Food Trend: More comfort food because of more uncertainty

Trendologists with Andrew Freeman & Co. predict that Americans shaken by natural disasters, unpredictable politicians and an uncertain economy will take solace in comfort food next year as a way…
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November 28, 2017

Top foodie trend for 2018: Filipino cuisine

An American company claims Filipino food will be the next hot trend, as Google searches for the desired cuisine has doubled since 2012 Prepare to see more lumpia, kare-kare and…
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November 28, 2017

Jewish classic cuisine has been embraced by modern diners, chefs are trying to popularize trickier Ashkenazi dishes

"We're working on baby beef." With these words, chef Anthony Rose triggered a chorus of whispers, which rippled through the auditorium at Toronto's Reuben & Helene Dennis Museum at the Beth…
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November 28, 2017

2018 Snack Trends: 3 Ethnic Cuisines Perfect for the Snacking Craze

Three years ago in this very space, when we last discussed snacking, I talked about the “globalization” of snacks—the increasing tendency of consumer packaged goods (cpg) companies, in particular, to…
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November 27, 2017

2018 U.K. Restaurant Trends

Trends, whether they’re fashion, interior or food, are constantly evolving and it’s never too early to start looking toward the next forecasted trends to ensure your company keeps its one…
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November 24, 2017

Biggest food trends of 2018: Flexitarians, cookie dough & dude food

Whether you're just getting on board with kombucha blends, eyeing up another slice of American-style cherry pie or dusting your coffee with turmeric, make the above your last supper then…
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November 23, 2017

Peruvian companies hope we go nuts for its new “superseed” sacha inchi

Peru is going to make a big effort to introduce sacha inchi to the European market this autumn. This is according to Andean & Amazonian Super(b) Foods, a news platform…
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November 23, 2017

Is insect bread a new food trend?

One of the most spoken-about food revolutions is here. Fazer will be the first in the world to introduce insect bread to grocery stores. The novelty is called Fazer Sirkkaleipä…
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November 22, 2017

5 Synthetic Biology Startups Making ‘Fake’ Food

About 150 million steers, pigs and sheep were slaughtered in the United States in 2016. About 8.5 billion chickens are roasted, fried and fricasseed each year, not to mention 100…
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November 22, 2017

Powerful vibrant colours among top food & beverage trends for 2018

Innova Market Insights has described in detail all of its top trends in the food industry for 2018, with "Say It with Color" appearing as number 6 on the list.…
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November 22, 2017

Loblaw’s 2018 Canadian food trends list

Retro-inspired meals, freak shakes and cook-and-cut sheet meals are a few of the trends that will be exciting Canadian home chefs in 2018. Under the marketing tagline of Taste the…
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November 22, 2017

2018 Food Trend: Fruit & vegetable pulp-based snacks turn waste to taste

As carrot after carrot disappeared into her friend’s countertop juicer, Kaitlin Mogentale stared with her mouth agape at the growing pile of shredded pulp collecting in the device. The USC…
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November 21, 2017

2018 Food Trends: Shakshuka?

It’s a tricky business picking top food and beverage trends for the New Year. What’s going to stick? What’s not? The team at hospitality consulting firm AF&Co., along with a…
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November 21, 2017

Packaged food manufacturers have faced an exodus of consumers fleeing processed foods in favor of more natural, organic and better-for-you items

Campbell Soup posted a tough quarter as its iconic soup division saw a 9% decline in sales in the U.S. Its Campbell Fresh division, which includes Garden Fresh Gourmet and…
Food trendsVegan
November 21, 2017

11 Plant-Based Food Trend Predictions for 2018

Building on the momentum of the last few years where sales of nondairy milk have skyrocketed, vegan startups are running the tech industry, and vegans are taking over the meat industry,…
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November 21, 2017

2018 Food & Beverage Trends: Cannabis is growing in the flavor industry, specifically among desserts and beverages

An emerging ingredient is growing in the flavor industry, specifically among desserts and beverages—cannabis. In 2015, legal cannabis in the United States reached $5.4 billion and edibles made up at…
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November 21, 2017

Millennial pink chocolate is the latest foodie trend

As if we couldn’t love this treat any more for it’s chocolatey goodness and comforting qualities, it has now received a full-on makeover in the pretties shade of pink (which…
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November 20, 2017

Vegan is no longer a trend!

Consumers’ efforts to eat more vegetables are driven by several factors, including the superior sustainability of plant-based foods over animal proteins and the health benefits of a plant-forward diet. Forty-six…
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November 17, 2017

Vegan Is One To Watch In ‘Food Trend Forecast’ For 2018

Vegan foods are one of the top 10 trends listed in a major food forecast for 2018. According to the report, by market research firm Packaged Facts, the vegan label…
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November 16, 2017

Could sustainable seafood and poke restaurant Salmon & Bear be expanding?

Two years since it first opened in Sydney, Salmon & Bear has been a true gift for lovers of high-quality, accessible and sustainable seafood. Now with two locations, Zetland and…
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November 16, 2017

These Will Be the Biggest Dessert Trends of 2018

Christina Tosi is excited. And why shouldn’t she be? Last week, Tosi announced that Milk Bar, the company she founded (originally as part of David Chang’s Momofuku restaurant group), that…
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November 16, 2017

How will brands cater to the rise of foodie-fitness trends?

By name and by nature, food is a cornerstone of our culture. Team lunch is more than a daily occurrence to refuel. It’s pleasure and nourishment, it’s about sharing, experimentation…
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November 16, 2017

‘Goth food’ and ‘cannabis cuisine’ among 2018 food trends

The waning of one year brings with it predictions for the next, and food innovation is high on the agenda with ‘goth food’ and ‘cannabis cuisine’ tipped for big things…
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November 16, 2017

Coop Switzerland Launches Energy Bars Made From Insects

Coop Switzerland has followed up the launch of burgers and meatballs developed from insects last August with ‘Insect Bars’, a range of energy bars made from dried crickets, along with…
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November 16, 2017

2018 Food Trends – This edible packaging will make you reconsider seaweed

This is the latest in a regular series exploring early-stage technologies and scientific developments that could play a role in corporate solutions to climate change. Many Westerners don't include seaweed…
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November 15, 2017

New Food & Flavour Trends for 2018: Beets, black pepper and brown butter

While so many trend forecasters focus on finding the next new sriracha or matcha, Packaged Facts in its latest report highlights creative culinary twists on classic kitchen staples. Think beets,…
Food trendsInterestingNovotaste
November 15, 2017

Dinner party food trends through the decades – from prawn cocktails to mini burgers

Food trends have changed a lot in the last seven decades, from rationing in the post-war era of the Forties and Fifties, through to today, when we seemingly can’t get…
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November 15, 2017

Liquid mushroom anyone? The bizarre latest food trends

Pick out those unchewable strings of kale from between your teeth, the superfood nightmare is over. Mushrooms are the new kale! Functional mushrooms – mushrooms with medicinal qualities – are…
Food trendsMeat, fish and seafood
November 15, 2017

Meat Snacks Meet Expectations

While traditional snacking profiles still sway the meat snack category, America’s propensity for different options is spurring more variety. It wasn’t that long ago that offers of meat snacks didn’t…
Food trends
November 14, 2017

Texture becoming the new innovation talking point

Consumers are constantly looking for new and exciting food innovations. As explored in the Bord Bia Shared Experiences consumer lifestyle trend, people are looking to brands for fun and novel…
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November 14, 2017

Berlin′s food trends take over Germany & possibly the world!

Back in 2009, when I first came to Germany, I used to ask friends what they'd recommend as a quick, traditional German meal. Their answer, between smirks, was a kebab.…