Posted: Jan 06, 2021
2020 prompted people to spend more time in their kitchens cooking at home and consider new purchases as they browsed for online grocery orders. Ultimately, many forged a different dynamic with food.
Food trend predictions lately have been largely influenced by life amid a global pandemic. But as 2021 kicks off, predictions are taking into account what people might want in a post-pandemic food world.
A team of experts from Whole Foods Market unveiled their top 10 anticipated food trends, which include everything from the most important meal of the day to more sustainable and upcycled products. The trends council -- composed of team members, local foragers, regional and global buyers and culinary experts -- compiled a thorough list based on sourcing, consumer preferences and brands.
"There have been radical shifts in consumer habits in 2020. For example, shoppers have found new passions for cooking, they’ve purchased more items related to health and wellness, and more are eating breakfast at home every day compared to pre-COVID," Sonya Gafsi Oblisk, chief marketing officer at Whole Foods Market, said in a statement. "Food trends are a sign of the times, and our 2021 trends are no exception."
Ryan Andrews, a registered dietician and principle nutritionist at Precision Nutrition, told "Good Morning America" that "between COVID-19 outbreaks at meatpacking plants and temporary grocery store food shortages," people are thinking more about "where food comes from."
Andrews predicted cooking at home will continue. "One survey indicated that 60% of Americans report cooking more often at home," he explained. "While reasons for this are multifactorial, some are learning basic food preparation skills for the first time."
He also said people will keep paying attention to food safety in their own kitchens, whether it's washing hands, cleaning surfaces or rinsing produce.
Check out the full Whole Foods Market list of 2021 trends that represent what’s new and next for the year ahead.
By Kelly McCarthy
Source and complete article by: goodmorningamerica.com
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