The top 10 specialty food trends for 2016: From seaweed and full-fat dairy to floral flavors

By Elaine Watson

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Picture: Istockphoto, habovka

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Seaweed, full-fat dairy, floral flavors and mushrooms will all gain traction in 2016, according to the Specialty Food Association (SFA), which has released a list of 10 trends to watch in US food culture next year:
Gimme seaweed snacks

Vegetables Take Root​ ​ 
Look out for veggies in teas, yogurts, and ice-cream, says the SFA, which also predicts big things for seaweed and bottled soup (gazpacho).

Nello's sauce new

Fresh Florals​ 
Keep an eye out for lavender, rose and hibiscus in chocolate, cheese, snack foods, carbonated water, and teas.

Food Waste Face-Off​ 
Expect more creative solutions to combat food waste from retailers, foodservice outlets and food manufacturers.

Local Love​ 
Locally-sourced meats, seafood and produce will continue to gain traction, says the SFA.

Fungi Frenzy 
Mushrooms are starting to creep into everything from blended burgers (more of this on FoodNavigator-USA next week), to coffee and chocolate.

Snack Appeal​ 
With snacks and meals increasingly blurring into one, manufacturers are trying to get more creative when it comes to developing healthy – and more substantial – snacks that can also serve as meal replacements, says the SFA.

Siggis new whole milk yogurt

Fat is Back​ 
Full-fat products from whole milk yogurt to butter will continue to gain ground.

Convenient Shifts​ 
Food retailers will continue to test new formats to appeal to more demanding consumers’ desire for freshness and convenience, says the SFA.

Supermarkets for Super Health​ 
Expect more supermarkets touting themselves as wellness centers with dietitians on staff, blood sugar testing, and nutrition classes.

The Latin Kitchen​ 
From bottled gazpacho to renewed relations with Cuba, Latin American cuisine is growing in popularity in retail and foodservice.

Other Trends to Watch​: Moringa​, broccoli leaves​ and millet​.

The not-for-profit Specialty Food Association​ represents 3,000 food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs in the US and overseas, and owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Show​.  

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