07.02.10 TOP FOOD TRENDS:

In a press release just issued by NASFT trendspotters at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York listed their top five food trends.

The trendspotters are: Fran Carpenter, Parade Magazine; Faith Durand, Apartment Therapy: The Kitchn; Nancy Wall Hopkins, Better Homes & Gardens; Sara Moulton, chef, cookbook author and Good Morning America food personality; Rachel Mount, O Magazine; Kara Nielsen, Center for Culinary Development; Denise Purcell, Specialty Food Magazine; Jenna Zimmerman, Food Network.

The trends are:

Great Vinegars – Innovative flavors include: Hibiscus, Walnut Champagne, Peach Balsamic, Lime Rice and Apple Ice Wine Vinegar.
Indian Products – Unexpected creations: Curry Ketchup, Cashews & Cream Cooking Sauce, Tandoori Chicken Naanwich and Tikka Masala Marinara.
Grains, Nuts & Seeds – Sweet and savory items make up this category with Flax Seed Crackers, Oat and Corn Cakes, Pumpkin Palooza Nut Confections and Lentil Chips.
Squash, Pumpkin and Sweet Potato – These fall favorites are showcased in Pumpkin Salsa, Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce, Sweet Potato Butter, Butternut Squash Tart and Sweet Potato Chocolate.
Handcrafted Local Heritage Foods – Soups, pickles and sweets including Linekin Bay Lobster Corn Chowder, Brooklyn Pickles, Wild West Steak Rub and Sticky Toffee Pudding offer fresh takes on classics.

Other emerging trends identified are fig products, including a cabernet wine and fig preserve; unusual teas infused with turmeric and cardamom; and specialty flavored honeys such as chestnut, lime, pine and raspberry.

We would add some of our top trends:

Kamut grain products: Pastas, Suzie’s Flatbreads, One Bun (pita like buns). This heirloom grain is going to be huge!
Gluten free products: A category driven by consumer demand, it’s a major food trend.
Turmeric: This “functional” spice is going to be incorporated into a lot of foods as consumers realize its tremendous health benefits.
Mom “Foodpreneurs”: Necessity is the mother of invention. Kid’s dietary issues are turning moms into entrepreneurs as they create their own  products to solve these problems.
Giving back: Brands on a mission like Project 7 give a whole new meaning to social responsibility.