Kroger Co., Cincinnati, announced its top food trend predictions for 2019, curated by its team of Our Brands new product developers, chefs and innovators.
1. Regional flavors
Foods influenced by regions across the country are bringing flavor and fun to any meal. From tried-and-true barbecue sauces and potato chips with a twist – inspiration is coming from Nashville hot chicken, Southern Appalachian pimento cheese and other geographies. Consumers will see a growing number of products influenced by local, regional and global tastes.
2. Plant-based foods
Consumers are incorporating more plant-based fare into their daily diets. By electing to go meat- or dairy-free, whether for a meal, a Meatless Monday, Flexitarian Friday, or every day of the week, there will be more plant-based options available to power through the day.
3. Eating styles
More consumers are purchasing better-for-you products and subscribing to different eating styles, from vegetarian to flexitarian to keto and paleo.
4. Gut-healthy foods
Consumers are seeking foods that support self-care and healthy immune systems, and will find a growing number of products rich in probiotics and flavor.
5. Low sugar and natural sweeteners
Many consumers are motivated to reduce or eliminate sugar and/or consume alternate natural sweeteners like honey and agave. New solutions and foods will continue to be added to grocery shelves to help consumers find products rich in nutrition and flavor and lean on sugar.