At the beginning of each new year, we like to look ahead to what exciting flavors, innovative products, and creative culinary approaches are expected to take the food industry by storm.
Today, we’ll explore 5 food and beverage trends for 2019 so you can be on the lookout for what’s new, fresh, and appetizing in your supermarket, on restaurant menus, and across the high-tech food scene.
SO MUCH FOOD…so little time! The vast array of inventive products on display at each Fancy Food Show never ceases to amaze the attendees, and as one of the eager foodies who walked the floor this year, I can attest that this year’s winter show was no exception. One prominent trend that demonstrated true culinary creativity was the diversity of non-traditional flours in various products—whether derived from ancient grains, pulses, or other out-of-the-ordinary plant sources. Today, we’ll take a closer look at alternative gluten-free flours and why they’re more popular than ever!
Let’s face it: Nobody has too much time on their hands anymore. Between our hectic schedules and fast-moving careers, we’re all looking for better, faster, more convenient solutions. Fortunately, tech gurus and food-loving entrepreneurs are here to help. Delivery has revolutionized the foodie lifestyle. Today, we’re taking a look at 5 innovative retailers who are changing the way we enjoy food with delivery on demand.
If you browsed supermarkets in the 1990s, chances are you remember the popularity of low-fat diet foods (think fat-free frozen yogurt, reduced fat pastries, and egg-whites-only omelettes). Fearing diet-related ailments like heart disease and weight gain, many health-conscious consumers spent years eschewing full-fat versions of their favorite pantry staples and indulgent treats.
The problem? Sacrificing fat often meant also stealing away important nutrients—and adding in unhealthy amounts of added sugars, chemicals, and preservatives. Today, we take a look at 3 reasons why today’s foodies welcome the re-emergence of fat as a flavorful and satisfying aspect of a well-rounded diet. (more…)
Despite all the emphasis on clean labeling and healthy eating that’s trending everywhere we look, sometimes you just need to treat yourself. In fact, there’s even been a modest increase over the past several years in how often restaurant guests order desserts. For Today’s Foodie Friday, we’ll indulge in an extra helping of 2016 dessert trends.
Once considered something you’d only find among ice cream sundae garnishes or scattered on top of a frosted cake, coconut has gained a tremendously enthusiastic fan-following lately. Whether we’re enjoying coconut milk, coconut water, coconut oil, or simply eating coconut itself, this versatile hybrid of fruit, seed, and nut is a delicious and nutritious source of rich flavor and healthy benefits. Today, we raise a coconut half to this beloved Southeastern-Asian treasure. (more…)
Quick question: In an age where people are increasingly more choosy about what they eat, how much they eat, and the even story behind their food, how do you revitalize the image of tried-and-true American fast food?
These days, the answer seems to be written on the golden arches: Make it less American. We’ve highlighted the popularity of ethnic foods in previous blogs, but today’s Foodie Friday focuses more closely on the realm of fast-casual dining—and 3 smart ways savvy retailers have chosen to follow the ethnic food trend to spice up their menus, inspire their customers, and reinvent our notion of fast food beyond burgers and fries. (more…)
By now, you’ve heard plenty of buzz about gluten-free eating. Whether to keep the unhappy effects of Celiac disease at bay or for other health-related reasons, consumers are eschewing ordinary baked goods, breads, pastas, and other traditionally gluten-laden products for gluten-free alternatives.
As someone with a professional history in the supermarket bakery, this trend intrigues me. One of my earliest job experiences was working the night shift in a supermarket in the combination Bakery/Deli department. My duties included serving customers; cleaning tables, walls and floors; and prepping food for the following day’s production of baked goods and prepared meals. After a few months of this routine, I was asked to come into work early on Saturday morning to assist the Head Baker. My co-workers teased that now I was going to be “making a lot of dough.”
Getting an up-close look at the baking process fascinated me. I enjoyed learning how flour, water, baking powder and other ingredients undergo dramatic changes in volume, texture and taste as a result of time, humidity and temperature. As an added bonus, I started wearing the “cool” bakery whites, hat and apron
(I think the uniform is what first attracted my wife to me). (more…)