Grocery shelves will be filled with the latest trends seen at Expo East 2017.
1. Plant-based proteins
Plant-based alternative proteins were around every corner. People are leaning toward clean eating and sustainable practices, with more than 69 percent of consumers regularly eating meatless meals.
2. Goods for your gut
Probiotics are strong and steady. The good bacteria is being touted in items beyond yogurt, including fermented beverages like kombucha, pickled foods, and more. With an abundance of boutique fermentation brands, consumer belly health is looking good.
3. Ginger everywhere
Lending its distinct aroma and flavor to drinks, snacks, infused foods, and more, ginger is going to be leaping from shelves into consumer pantries. This unique food even made Google’s first ever beverage trends report earlier this year as one of the fastest-growing trends.
4. Himalayan pink salt
This pink, tasty seasoning had time in the spotlight a few years ago and is back for an encore. Often a favorite of chefs and food professionals for its presentation and flavor, the blushing pink salt is back in popularity.
5. Snacks rising
We’ve explored the rise of snacking before and now, more than ever, it shows no signs of slowing down. With family and consumer schedules becoming busier and busier, healthy grab-and-go items are in demand, with customers looking for whole, filling, and nutritious options.
6. Pop goes the popcorn
As we reported from previous industry trade shows this year, popcorn is poppin’! With flavors and blends that run the gamut of savory, sweet, and spicy, popcorn is cementing its place as a go-to snack for consumers of all ages and demographics.
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