For the modern foodie, staying with the food trends is a never-ending task. In the age of “pics or it didn’t happen,” any foodie worth their salt knows Instagramming the latest culinary delight is the only way to keep their foodie street cred.
The overwhelming popularity of certain foods in recent years has been astounding. What does 2015 hold? The trends in 2013 and 2014 have molded predictions for 2015 and beyond:
Cake Pops – While cupcakes ruled the 2000s, the 2010s ushered in the era of cake pops. Foodimentary has even deemed March 24 to be “National Cake Pop Day.”
Sriracha – Considered the “go-to” condiment for millennials, IBISWorld reports that sriracha sales increased at a rate of 3.6 percent per year from 2009 to 2014. In 2013, Lay’s introduced a sriracha-flavored potato chip as part of its “Do Us a Flavor” campaign.
Kale – Despite being cultivated for over 6,000 years, sales of kale skyrocketed more than 50 percent from 2009 to 2013.
Craft Beer – Sales of craft beer grossed $14.3 billion in 2013.
Nut and Seed Butters – Between 2011 and 2013, sales of nut and seed butters rose an astounding 51 percent! Grocery shelves are now lined with options ranging from almond butter to cashew butter and even sunflower seed butter.
Cronuts – At the height of their popularity, lines of over 250 people would wait for more than three hours for one of the fresh-baked cronuts at the original Soho bakery. Imitators have popped up all over the country, including a version by Dunkin’ Donuts.
Locally Sourced Everything – From eggs and produce to meat and even beer and spirits, the trend was to buy locally grown or produced food and drink. According to a 2014 survey by US Food Innovations, 41 percent of people purposefully buy food and beverages that are advertised as “local.
Acai Bowls – The breakfast that packs an antioxidant punch, acai berries are filled with a type of antioxidant known to help prevent heart disease, cancer and overall inflammation. That’s always a plus!
Gluten-Free – In a June 2013 survey by Mintel, 24 percent of Americans said that they or someone in their household eat gluten-free versions of foods that typically contain gluten.
Biscuits – Jacksonville’s own Maple Street Biscuit Company opened their third, fourth and fifth locations in 2014, with locations six and seven planned for 2015.
Toast – Seven-grain toast paired with pickled beef tongue is $11 at The Peacock, New York’s British-themed restaurant.
Ramen – Step aside, pho! Ramen is ready to take on the Asian noodle craze in 2015. After appearing on “Shark Tank,” the Rapid Ramen Noodle Cooker’s sales surged and they’ve received inquiries from over 4,000 distributors and small to middle-level supermarkets.
Matcha – One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content!
Beer Cocktails – If the success of BREW 5 Points is any indicator, beer cocktails will be a big deal in 2015. Many of these libations are beer-infused takes on classic cocktails, and others like the Hipster Speedball are simple combinations of a stout and cold brew coffee.
Grocery Delivery – A number of services including ones by Amazon and Google have been launched in select markets.