Food Trends

I’m delving into food trends again so here are some thoughts on the most important food related trends for 2009.

1. Convenience
2. Health & wellbeing
3. Comfort eating (including indulgence and treats)
4. Cooking at home and home baking (to save money)
5. Regional & seasonal foods (including micro-regional)
6. Polarization between low cost and premium (but shifting to value)
7. Simplicity
8. Organics and Chemical free foods (but on the decline currently)
9. Food labeling (what’s exactly is in it? Where’s it from etc)
10. Small plate dining and big bowls

Some other trends bubbling under the surface include; small plate dining, fair trade foods, probiotics, cheaper cuts of meat, cup cakes, sponge cakes, heritage vegetables, miniaturization, growing your own food, raw food, bistro cuisine, tap water, postal delivery of food, modern and fusion updates of India, Mexican and African food, steaming and braising, sherry, cider, vinegar, fancy salt, nuts, fixed-price dining, noodles, smoked meats, gastro-pubs, ginger, house made charcuterie, rustic food, cinnamon, turmeric, tarragon and alternative sweeteners (e.g. Stevia and Agave nectar).

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3 Responses to Food Trends

  1. Valentina says:

    I could add:
    1) Food porn: cooking food just to take pictures of it and upload them on Flickr
    2) Prebiotics (inulin, FOS…)
    3) Quick Response Code and Tracking Code that deliver information via cellphone
    4) Mood food (for exemple Jones Soda with pharma gaba)
    5) Gluten free diet even for people that don’t have celiac disease
    6) Caramel + salt (Salted Caramel Signature Hot Chocolate by Starbucks)
    Too bad stevia has been prohibited here in Europe…

  2. Vera says:

    Where did u find this trends? Are there reliable? Have u got any source? I need it for a research.
    Thank u very much!

  3. Richard Watson says:

    The source is everywhere – I track these things on a regular basis and they have come from a variety of reliable publications and research reports. Just remember that these are 2009 trends so they include new trends/ directions. Many of the older trends are still valid also.

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