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Food Trends for 2014

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Are you wondering what the food trends for this year will be? Well the Fresh HQ team have done some digging and here are the top 30 food trends in the Northern Hemisphere. We love that New Zealand can sometimes play the sleepy catch-up country, so no doubt, this will all follow for us down under this coming year. Our highlights of the food trend list? Cauliflower, the return of G&Ts, pretzels and shakshuka!

  1. Boneless lamb neck.
  2. Filipino food.
  3. Sweetbreads make a comeback.
  4. Buckwheat to be the grain of the year … even if it’s not a grain.
  5. Fluke to be the fish of the year, squid second, trout third.
  6. Kale still rules but cauliflower’s working forward.
  7. Consumer’s newfound protein obsession.
  8. House-made fruit vinegars for vinaigrettes and cocktails.
  9. Teres major (go on, look it up).
  10. High-priced vegetarian tasting menus.
  11. More beer and wine in fast-casual chains.
  12. House-fermented food.
  13. New uses for pretzels.
  14. Banh mi will make it onto Western menus.
  15. Chicken skin.
  16. Crackdown on food waste.
  17. Rose wines, all year long.
  18. Hipster Asian restaurants.
  19. Drinkers rediscover gin … gin bars and gin-tonic bars.
  20. Jewish fusion.
  21. Coconut everything.
  22. Mexican sandwiches … tortas and cemitas.
  23. Sweetened and flavoured whiskeys … smoked, mapled, honeyed.
  24. Made-to-order liquid nitro ice cream.
  25. Jerusalem artichokes.
  26. Paleo dieters add to gluten-free demand.
  27. Delivery, high-priced and fast food.
  28. Smart phones, tablet computers speed ordering and payment which will cut service staff.
  29. Shakshuka (look that up too) will appear on breakfast and brunch menus.
  30. Sorghum becomes a trendy sweetener.
Love the food trend list, see more here:
Also, we love these food trend identified by American business executives:
- Yesterday’s niche markets are today’s new trends
- Food trends affecting organisations in next 12 months
- Premium/luxury food and beverages
- Healthy/nutritious food and beverages
- Locally sourced food and beverages
- Sustainably produced food and beverages
- Convenience food and beverages
- Organic food and beverages
- Private-label brands
- Ethnic food and beverages
- Gluten-free/allergy-free foods
- Functional food and beverages
- Sustainable packaging alternatives
- Whole foods (fruits and vegetables)
- Non-GMO food and beverages
- Retailers reducing product range/varieties on shelf

What do you think the food trends for this year will be in New Zealand? I’d love to hear your feedback – trudi@fresh.co.nz

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