Uncommon meat and seafood
Product experts at Whole Foods Market have put together a list of 10 food trends they expect to be hot in 2016.
First on the list is lesser known meat and seafood, whether it’s an unusual cut like pork T-bone chops and Denver steaks, or uncommon species like wild-caught blue catfish.
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Wine in a can
Forget wine in a box. Next year will be all about wine in a can.
While dairy-free alternatives like almond milk yogurt have been on the rise, 2016 will bring increased interest in more unique plant-based products, like shampoo and conditioner.
Fermented foods and probiotics
Consumers will seek products — from kimchi and sauerkraut to kombucha and gochujang — that are good for the gut.
Non-GMO-fed verified products
Meat, egg and dairy products that come from animals raised on non-GMO feed are the next step in the non-GMO verified trend.
Whole Foods global grocery coordinator Errol Schweizer told SN last month that “well over” 65% of the retailer’s sales now come from non-GMO items, and non-GMO eggs is the category with the biggest growth. The retailer’s plans to require GMO labeling on all products by 2018 is driving suppliers to become non-GMO verified.
Similarly, grass-fed designations are moving beyond fresh meat to milk, eggs, yogurt, butter, cheese, packaged meat snacks and even protein powders.
“You’re going to see a lot more grass-fed dairy products launching at Whole Foods. That’s been a big push for us. Mostly exclusive items from some well-known brands,” Schweizer told SN.
Following the growth of functional snacks, meat and seafood jerky will be all the rage, alongside dehydrated vegetables like parsnip chips and kimchi chips.
Heirloom ingredients beyond the tomato
Whole Foods has seen growing interest in heirloom plant varieties, from popcorn to the black mitcham peppermint found in Seely’s mint patties.
Alternative and wheat-free flours
Not just for sufferers of celiac disease anymore, flours made from amaranth, chickpeas, teff, ancient grains, nuts and more, will be tried by more home cooks.
“Old World” flavors with a twist
Consumers are intrigued by modern takes on foods from the Far East and Middle East, like Thai curry cashews and Korean tacos.