Discussing packaging trends is something akin to talking about reincarnation—where something is reborn, reborn and reborn yet again. When it comes to packaging however, each new iteration brings more sophistication and promise.
The new alcohol-free offerings come in response to travelers’ increased focus on wellbeing and growing interest in alcohol alternatives
December 27, 2021
In response to travelers’ changing alcohol consumption habits and increased focus on wellbeing, Zero Proof, Zero Judgment features products from leading liquor replacement Ritual Zero Proof and carbonated mixer supplier Fever-Tree.
Perhaps I’m in the minority, but I love surprises—especially when they are of the culinary sort. When Prepared Foods asked me to write about future food trends, it led me to think about all the change our food and beverage industry has endured during the past few years. I also am thinking how we’ve adapted so quickly, and with such extraordinary ingenuity. I started to reflect on what surprised me the most and what sort of change we can expect in the future.
The Specialty Food Association Trendspotter Panel identifies food and beverage trends for 2022
December 23, 2021
In 2021, the Specialty Food Association (SFA) Trendspotter Panel virtually assembled at three separate digital SFA shows to research thousands of specialty food and beverage products from around the world. After recording their extensive findings, Denise Purcell, vice president, content and education for the SFA, pored over the data and deciphered five trends that will drive the growth of the $170.4 billion specialty food industry in 2022.
Mondelēz International identifies developments set to shape foodservice in the coming year
December 22, 2021
When the pandemic emerged in early 2020, the entire foodservice industry faced fast and unexpected change. Across segments, operators were forced to rapidly adjust operations—initially to stay afloat and then ultimately succeed long term in this new industry environment. Some of those quick-adapts will continue to shape foodservice as we head into 2022.
Nearly two-thirds of US adults agree that the pandemic has made them reevaluate their life priorities, according to Mintel research on American values. In food and drink, US adults say the pandemic caused the most change in where they eat, how they grocery shop and how they approach their diets.
New study highlights need for US grocers to improve online experiences, and growth opportunity for quick delivery brands
December 22, 2021
One of the main drivers for increasing online grocery shopping is personal safety; 35% of respondents cited safety as a key reason for choosing online over brick-and-mortar stores. However, convenience still dwarfs other drivers, with almost two thirds (59%) reporting this as the reason for choosing to shop online.
For centuries, cooks have artfully cross-pollinated cultural elements of flavor, and now culinologists are combining Latin and Asian ingredients and cooking techniques to launch innovative and flavorful prepared foods. Today’s retail shelves display a world atlas of culturally inspired experiences that might not be authentic yet answer the consumers’ desires to nourish themselves with fresh new takes on flavorful foods that simply taste good.