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.
Could “hot and spicy” be on the way out? Today’s foodies and food innovators are seeking earthier, deeper, and more complex flavor experiences that still coincide with the Scoville scale. They expect more than a simple hot and spicy.
A survey of January 2021 launches including salsas, sauces, snacks and beverages
January 19, 2021
Last October saw New York City’s indie pop band, AJR, turn one of its 2020 hit songs into a sauce. AJR partnered with Small Axe Peppers, a mission-based hot sauce company also based in New York, to create BANG!, which features a medley of locally-sourced peppers from more than 30 community gardens throughout the Bronx and Queens.
T. Hasegawa helps food and beverage formulators capture on-trend tastes
January 6, 2021
A leading flavor supplier, T. Hasegawa, knows many consumers have shifted a larger share of their food budget from foodservice to retail—opting to harness cooking skills over restaurants. In addition to consumers being cautious with spending, 34% of consumers will only return to a restaurant once there is a vaccine.
Flavorman suggests flavors that tingle, comfort, and function will dominate the New Year
December 16, 2020
Experts at the Louisville-based beverage development company, Flavorman, identified drink flavor trends to watch for in 2021. Driven by the long-term effects of an on-going pandemic, this year’s forecast is shaping up to be focused on flavors that drive experience in a socially distant landscape.
After dining out and trying a new flavor, consumers want to experiment with new tastes at home. American palates have recently taken their dining cues from fiery, authentic flavors of Latin, Asian, African and Indian cuisines.