Whole Foods announced that in 2019, consumers will be looking to infuse their home cooked meals with Pacific Rim flavoring, and will also find ways to work more fats, shelf-stable probiotics and upgraded healthy snacks into their diets.
Whole Foods has explained that flavor inspiration from the Pacific Rim area of the world is becoming increasingly in-demand with consumers. According to the company, ingredients like longganisa (a Filipino pork sausage), dried shrimp, cuttlefish and shrimp paste are on restaurant and home menus that span from breakfast to dinner, while vibrant tropical fruits such as guava, dragon fruit and passion fruit are making their way into colorful smoothie bowls and cocktails.
According to Whole Foods, keto, paleo, grain-free and even “pegan” (paleo + vegan) diets are becoming more lifestyle choices. This has thrust foods that contain fats and proteins into the spotlight. The supermarket company said to look for items like keto-friendly nutrition bars crafted with MCT oil powder, coconut butter–filled chocolates, snacks affectionately called “fat bombs”, and a new wave of ready-to-drink vegan coffee beverages inspired by butter coffees.
Plant-based options, too, are becoming more popular amongst consumers as well, the company said. Faux meat treats using mushrooms like King Trumpet will be used as a substitute to meat.
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