Will These Be the Biggest Food Trends in 2016?

Katie Sweeney

Cupcakes, quinoa, bacon, kale, cold-brewed coffee. These are some of the food trends that have dominated the restaurant world in the past 10 years. As we near the end of 2015, culinary experts are predicting what will be big in the year to come. The forecasters at Whole Foods have released their list of the top food trends for 2016. According to the company’s website, the Whole Food’s product specialists have pinpointed 10 food trends that will blow up in the next 12 months. Wondering what they are? I break down five of them below. For the complete list, visit Whole Foods

  1. Plant-based everything. Whole Foods shoppers are not just eating more plant-centric diets, they are also shopping for plant-based products. The heath-conscious grocery store anticipates interest in quinoa-protein hair care products and vitamin-rich vegetable popsicles.
  2. Alternative and wheat-free flours. The gluten-free trend is not going away and as the diet becomes more and more mainstream, consumers are looking for flour made from beets, ancient grains, and legumes, like chickpeas.
  3. Grass fed. Everyone has had grass-fed beef or poultry, but what about products from grass-fed animals? Milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, eggs, and according to Whole Foods, “even protein powders are sprouting up across the store. Grass fed has proven it’s no longer a niche category for health fanatics or Paleo devotees.”
  4. Uncommon meat and seafood. “Thanks to heightened awareness around food waste, renewed interest in artisan butchers and a host of other factors, once-overlooked cuts are becoming fair game for at-home cooks,” says Whole Foods. Considering that I’ve recently looked for tuna belly and pork cheeks at the grocery store, I couldn’t agree more.
  5. Dehydrated snacks. Apparently, shoppers are no longer interested in consuming empty-calorie snacks. Instead they are opting for healthier snacks made with simple, quality ingredients. Think dried fruits, parsnip chips, and bison jerky with adult-friendly flavors like maple-bacon-churro jerky.

Interesting in trying some fancy jerky? I recommend Three Jerks.

What food trends do you think will be big in 2016? Let us know in the comments below!

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