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FDR Releases Food And Drink Trends For 2017

Denver, CO-based Food & Drink Resources (FDR) group has named its top food and drink trends to watch for in 2017.

According to FDR, a test kitchen and consumer research facility, the following list of foods, ingredients, drinks and overall trends are what the food community will be buzzing about next year:

Pasta: The company noted that pasta has taken the spotlight on several large food-based consumer publications during 2016, which has set it up for continued growth going into the new year.

Khachapuri: This is a Georgian dish of bread, cheese and eggs that is similar to American pizza.

Seaweed: According to Food & Drink Resources, seaweed is poised to be the new kale. It also helps to create Kombu, a traditional Japanese flavor enhancer made from dried kelp to create dashi, a soup stock.

Harissa: A North African chili paste made with hot peppers, spices, and olive oil, it may outpace Turmeric as the spice of the year, according to FDR.

Asian Peasant Food: In 2016, peasant foods like pierogies and dumplings had gained some ground. However, the new angle for 2017 will be Asian-inspired peasant food.

Oko Nam Yaki: Also in the Asian family of foods, this is an Asian-style pancake.

Jackfruit: A large, shreddable fruit, this has become a substitute for meat in some dishes.

Souping: The next step in the juicing craze, according to FDR, is souping. Served cold and made mostly of pureed fruits and chunks of fruit, these soups make a nice dessert, the research company said.

Flavored butters: While chefs have been creating their own flavored butters for years, FDR predicts that more flavored butters will be popping up on store shelves.

Sparkling water: Fueled by top sparkling water brands, flavored sparkling water is poised to continue to grow in 2017. Additionally, SodaStream has seen a boon as consumers have turned to the electric to make sparkling water at home.

Click here to read the complete list and here to read some of the more unusual emerging food and drink trends from FDR.