No two lists agreed on what would be big for 2019, so we compiled top picks from a variety of experts on what was expected to be big this year in restaurants and on grocery store shelves.
Whole Foods announced in November what its buyers predict will be big in 2019. It's the store's fourth year releasing its food trend list. Last year's list included floral flavors, functional mushrooms and flavored sparkling water.
Here's a look at the top 10 for 2019:
- Pacific Rim flavors: Think Asia, Oceania and the western coasts of North and South America.
- Shelf-stable probiotics: Think new strains of probiotics such as Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 and Bacillus coagulans MTCC 5856.
- Phat fats: Think 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.
- Next level hemp: Think hemp plant stem cells.
- Faux meat snacks: Think mushrooms like king trumpet in the form of jerky, “pork” rinds and “bacon” snacks.
- Eco-conscious packaging: Think produce departments going “BYOVB” (bring your own vegetable bag), food wraps made from beeswax, and waxed canvas or silicone alternatives to the usual plastic storage bags that can be used for sandwiches and snacks.
- Trailblazing frozen treats: Think frozen desserts with innovative bases like avocado, hummus, tahini and coconut water, plant-based options like CocoWhip Soft Serve, and ice creams with savory swirls of artisanal cheese.
- Marine munchies, beyond seaweed: Think seaweed butter, kelp noodles and puffed snacks made from water lily seeds.
- Snack time, upgraded: Think charcuterie, cheese boards and more mini meals.
- Purchases that empower: Think contributing toward social movements via purchasing goods and services with missions you believe that can make for big changes extending far beyond the world of retail.
The Pinterest 100 for 2019 looks at what the social site thinks will be the top trends for the next year in 10 of its most popular categories, one of which is food and drink. The following is a look at what Pinterest is predicting will be huge in that category for 2019, but the others can be found here.
- Mushrooms (Searches for mushroom recipes +64%)
- Ginger (+353%)
- Oat milk (+186%)
- Bread baking (+413%)
- The pegan diet (+337%)
- Family-style grazing tables (+163%)
- Foil pack dinners (+759%)
- Oxtail recipes (+209%)
- Homemade jam (+829%)
- Chayote (+76%)
Supermarket News, an informational site for food-retail professionals, picked the following for its top trends of 2019:
- Celtuce — a lettuce cultivar
- “Better-for-you” desserts
- Oat milk
- Hot-brewed cold coffees
- Lab-grown protein
- Functional food
- Health-based eating, especially keto, intermittent fasting and Soylent
- Regional flavors
- Fresher shelf-stable foods
National Restaurant Association
- Cannabis/CBD oil-infused drinks.
- Cannabis/CBD oil-infused food.
- Zero-waste cooking.
- Globally inspired breakfast dishes
- Global flavors in kids' meals.
- New cuts of meat.
- Veggie-centric/vegetable-forward cuisine.
- Chef-driven fast-casual concepts.
- Craft/artisan/locally produced spirits.
Delivery service Uber Eats looked at its most popular orders from the past year to predict trends for 2019. Here are the top 20:
- Plant-based foods
- Smoothie bowls
- Pea milk
- Rolled ice cream
- Chulpe corn
- Bee pollen