Food Trends 2017
According to Specialty Food News and Fortune magazine jackfruit will be a featured food ingredient in 2017, especially for breakfast. Chefs and foodies gravitate to this dense, plant-based food as a fabulous meat substitute. Grain bowls will continue to be popular, but expect to see ingredients like tamago (Japanese grilled egg), gohan (Japanese rice and egg), congee (Asian rice porridge) and oatmeal topped with black pepper (savory breakfast). Breakfast will also go back to basics and include pancakes (there are super healthy versions) and yogurt.
Ethical labels, with companies trying to convince consumers that they will “act responsibly,” whether or not there is active scrutiny of their food and business practices, will continue to trend. Less use of antibiotics in the food chain will also be popular. Removal of glyphosphate from pesticides (and the food chain) will continue to be an issue of 2017.
Home cooking experienced resurgence in 2016, and its popularity will continue in 2017. Recipe delivery services that provide ingredients and recipe instructions will help to drive this trend.
Eat local from locally sourced ingredients, artisanal foods and craft foods will trend strongly, with reducing carbon footprint a feature of those sectors.
Less sugar will be a focus in the U.S. and worldwide, with public health sectors in all countries recommending less consumption of refined sugars, less added sugar in processed foods, and flavoring foods with ingredients like real fruit purees. Companies will be using “low sugar” on labels, so consumers will need to become better detectives, able to understand just how much added sugar is in the portion of food they are consuming.
Use of healthier oils like EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), plant-based oils, and especially omega-3-based oils will also dominate the food scene.
A clean, clear food label with no additives or preservatives, simple ingredients, organic ingredients, and GMO-free ingredients will be the goal for many food companies.
The Mediterranean Diet has been declared “best for you and also for the planet,” so expect to see food labels that identify foods as “part of the Mediterranean Diet,” to be front-and-center. US News & World Report has identified this diet as a #1 “best” diet for most individuals who want to eat healthier and reduce risk of chronic diseases, and the diet may also help individuals to lose weight. The Mediterranean Diet also offers variety, accessibility and flexibility since it offers a wide range of foods.
Oldways suggests that vegetables will take over dessert, processed foods will “be done right,” meaning less sugar and salt, and use of healthier oils. Sugar will continue to be public enemy number one, and local grains like purple and blue wheat will become a more mainstream ingredient. Fusion cuisine will be out and food “mashup and smashing” will be the new trend. Expect to see foods like Indian burritos and ramen burgers, with disparate food cultures being married to offer new cuisine.