As a contract food services company in Atlanta, we know that for today’s consumer, trust in the foods they eat is top priority. Consumers are looking for clean, alternative foods and this trend is expected to continue into 2017 and beyond. Real, clean ingredients is what people want, and they’re searching for alternatives to dairy, meat, and more.
From entrees at the finest restaurants to supermarket shelves, nut butters are becoming more popular than ever. Also appearing on the menus are plant proteins such as black beans and chickpeas. Today healthy eating has gone far beyond hummus and falafel!
When it comes to dairy, no doubt you’ve noticed soy and almond milk becoming more and more popular.
Barbecue sauces have traditionally been ketchup-based, although the ingredients/taste can range from sweet to spicy or even tangy depending on the region you’re in. Today, white barbecue sauce is becoming a favorite among consumers not only on chicken, but roasted vegetables as well. White barbecue sauce usually contains such ingredients as lemon, vinegar, mayonnaise, and black pepper.
Vegans and vegetarians no longer hate meat, as long as it’s raised or caught responsibly. It’s likely you’ll be seeing a bit more meat on the plates of those who formerly would avoid meat or seafood of any kind, as consumers no longer have to take the “moral high ground” with growers becoming more conscious of how their products are raised. Local foods, seafood caught by local fishermen, and grass-fed beef are helping turn many vegetarians into those who do eat meat – at least on occasion.
Vegan meringue anyone? If you typically throw out the liquid in the chickpeas can, you may want to think again. Whipping up the liquid in garbanzo beans or chickpeas with a citrusy lemon flavor makes a great meringue for topping broccoli, quinoa, or Greek chicken pilaf according to a University of Richmond culinary crew. Sounds tasty!
These are a few of the food trends that are emerging and expected to grow throughout 2017. Healthy, clean, sustainable foods are what consumers demand, so if you’re in the food industry you may want to pay attention to these trends!
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