Compilation of 2018 Food Trends: A Collection of Predictions for the New Year

Mushrooms at farmers market by Chris Goldberg on flickr

As we approach 2018, there’s been an onslaught of predictions on what we’ll be eating in the coming year.  Have you had a hard time keeping up with all of these food trend predictions? Me too. It’s been my tradition to assemble these lists, and I’ve done that for the last several years, including here and here.  So once again I’m compiling all of the food trend lists I’ve spotted to try and capture the 2018 trends.  Hope it’s helpful to you.  And let me know if there’s something I’ve missed.

Update:  Here are some additional compilation lists for 2018 food trends that were published after my original post —


Eater Literally Every Single Food Trend Prediction to Take Over 2018
Global Food Forum 2018 Food Trends
Produce Retailer Tracking Food Trends 2018

Foods

mushrooms
edamame and snap peas
dumplings
puffed and popped snacks
ube (purple yams)
romanesco
seaweed and algae
specialty meats (nose to tail butchery, responsibly raised)
jianbing (Chinese street food breakfast crepes)
arepa (Venezuelan bread)
seeds
persimmons, figs
timut pepper (Nepal)
labneh, cottage cheese
Hispanic-style cheeses (queso blanco and fresco)
raclette cheese

 

Raclette cheese in cheese cave by Andrew McFarlane on flickr

Flavors and ingredients

floral flavors (orchid, lavender, elderflower, hibiscus, rosewater), edible flowers
salt-curing
new hot sauces
zhug (Israeli-Yemenite condiment)
ghee
whey
black garlic
cannibis
super powders (moringa, matcha, maca root)
sugar alternatives

Bubble waffle cone by Jeff Amador on flickr

Desserts

vegan desserts
Thai-rolled ice cream
boozy ice cream and shakes
freakshake
raw cookie dough
filled doughnuts
s’mores
bubble waffle
cotton candy
savory desserts
smoked dessert ingredients
Indian-infused desserts
avocado desserts
nitro desserts
feel-good treats

Cold brew coffee by Oleksii Leonov on flickr

Beverages

evolved coffee (with “superpowers,” nitro and cold brew, spiced, maca-fortified)
hard cider and root beer
mocktails
cheese tea
Earl Grey, specialized tea (green tea, tea bars)
kolsch (German brew)

Jianbing or Chinese breakfast crepe by srei on flickr

Cuisines

 Moroccan
Hawaiian
Native American
Middle Eastern
African
Peruvian
Burmese
Indian street food
Phillippine
Artic
Upscale Korean

Mini falafel by Paul Saad on flickr

Nutrition

plant-based (including meat and dairy alternatives)
fermentation and gut-friendly foods
brain fuel, nueronutrition, biohacking
eating according to your DNA
self-care food (personalization)
healthyish
souping over juicing

Cooking Techniques

branded foods (with branding iron)
air-fried
salt-cured
root-to-stem
cowboy cooking (charred, smoked, open fire)

Food Production

cellular agriculture
biodynamic
clean label 2.0
radical transparency

 

Food Lifestyle

 

culinary heritage, nostalgia, throwback dishes
knowing a food’s provenance
food halls
visual food experiences
political plating (food waste, hunger relief)
cooking robots
everyday food-tech (voice activated devices like Google Home)
grocery delivery

 

 

Sources with links to trend reports:

Baum + Whiteman
National Restaurant Association
CCD Innovation
Sterling-Rice Group
Phil Lempert
Pinterest
Whole Foods
BBC
Fine Dining Lovers
The Daily Meal
Datassentials
Campbell’s
Unilever Food Solutions

Food Management

Food Navigator

Innova Market Insights

 

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