Fermented and functional beverages, plant-based product extensions, cannabis and eco-friendly packaging are four leading food and beverage-related trends singled out by the Specialty Food Association’s (SFA's) Trendspotter panel.
The panel, made up of 10 specialty food professionals from across the industry, seeks to identify unique trends each year that are poised to shape how food is created and consumed, according to New York-based SFA.
“The trend spotters are seeing major shifts in how consumers are eating,” said Denise Purcell, head of content for SFA. “These shifts are providing us with amazing options, along with the opportunity to change how we eat and how food is created. Old favorites like ice cream are being reinvented, while at the same time, we’re seeing foods and flavors from around the world increasingly adapted into our everyday meals.”
This year, the panel identified eight trends expected to play a more prominent role throughout 2019. Click through to view them ...