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F&B Trends for 2016


Poke (Hawaiian Dish) Image from huffingtonpost.ca

Top 20 food trends for 2016 according to National Restaurant Association

1. Locally sourced meats and seafood
2. Chef-driven fast-casual concepts
3. Locally grown produce
4. Hyper-local sourcing
5. Natural ingredients/minimally processed food
6. Environmental sustainability
7. Healthful kids’ meals
8. New cuts of meat
9. Sustainable seafood
10. House-made/artisan ice cream
11. Ethnic condiments/spices
12. Authentic ethnic cuisine
13. Farm/estate branded items
14. Artisan butchery
15. Ancient grains
16. Ethnic-inspired breakfast items
17. Fresh/house-made sausage
18. House-made/artisan pickles
19. Food waste reduction/management
20. Street food/food trucks



Organic Food – Image from roguehealthandfitness.com

Baum+Whiteman is a New York based Food & Restaurant Consulting Company
1. Delivery – Amazoning and Uberizing the Restaurant Industry
2. Scrambling for Clean Menus
3. Is Pasta an Endangered Species?
4. Vegetables Step up to the Plate
5.  Tipping and Wages
6. Poke….The Next Ceviche/Sashimi/Crudo?
7. New-ish Jew-ish Cuisine
8. Acai Bowls….Pulp But Not Fiction
9. Obsessing Over Fried Chicken
10. When Heat is Not Enough
11. Retailers renew attack on Restaurants
12. What Snacking Tells us About Future Flavors

Kombucha – image from huffingtonpost.ca

Apart from the Trends that Baum+Whiteman has predicted, here are some 2016 Buzz Words for us to look out for:
Burnt Vegetables
Everything Bagel seasoning mix
Root-to-stalk cooking
Seaweed Flavored Popcorn
3-D food printers
General Tso flavorings
Build Your Own Options
Nashville Hot Chicken
War on Food Waste
Bone Broth
Philippine Cuisine
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Paella – image from spanish-trails.com

The F&B Trends as predicted by the National Restaurant Association and Baum+Whiteman lean towards healthier options, authentic and ethnic cuisine. The delivery or “Uberization” of food is something that Talabat.com have already spearheaded in Dubai. Not sure if Talabat really is the first to have done the concept, at least, the first that I have known of, and the first that has been heavily marketed (like its all over the radio and the cinemas). Paella and Ramen have always been there but it looks like they are going to make a huge come back in 2016. Poke, Kombucha and  Seaweed Flavored Popcorn sounds interesting and something we could look forward to.

Adobo – image from huffingtonpost.ca

And did they just say Philippine Cuisine?

3 thoughts on “F&B Trends for 2016

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