Food Trends In 2010

Just like the fashion world, the food world sees certain foods and topics come and go with the seasons. Of course, there are no runway shows or food weeks to help set these trends, but inevitably, some foods and food topics will rise above the others and dominate restaurants, grocery stores, and media stories throughout the year.  And some drag on far past their 15 min of fame – I’m still waiting for the mandatory chipotle mayo to disappear from my order of sweet potato fries!

Let’s take a look at some of the predicted food trends for the coming year.

Eating Well Magazine posted a great synopsis of the National Restaurant Association’s list of the Top 20 Food Trends For 2010. You can read the article here, or view the entire survey (including trends for a variety of food categories) here. I think it’s no surprise to see that locally sourced food (produce, meet, dairy, beer, wine) all rank in the top 5, and that sustainability ranks as a major trend for the coming year.

I thought number 6 – nutritionally balanced children’s dishes – was particularily interesting. When you think about it though, what’s the typical kids’ meal at a restaurant? Chicken fingers & fries? Hamburger & fries? Mac & cheese? But is there ever anything on the kids  menu that includes a vegetable other than potatoes? Rarely. This isn’t helping children make healthy, nutritious choices when eating out when the menu designed specifically for them doesn’t offer these choices.

And of course, you have the other usual suspects, like superfruits, organically grown foods, and ethnic cuisine being big trends for 2010.

One thing I found missing from the National Restaurants Association’s list was sodium content in food. And let’s be honest, it’s probably because the restaurants are one of the biggest culprits for putting excess sodium in foods (well, other than those processed packaged foods). I’m apparently not the only one who thinks dietary sodium is going to be a hot topic this year – it was the first item in this article from the National PostDietary Directions For 2010. Considering how much evidence there is that high sodium intake can be detrimental to our health, I think there is going to be a big push to get food companies and restaurants to start slowly reducing the salt in their foods.

Some other food trends I see for 2010?

I think there will be more research and recommendations on Vitamin D intake in our diets – so very few foods naturally have the vitamin, and so many of use aren’t out in the sun enough to actually produce it ourselves, and it’s being shown time and time again how important it is in so many aspects of our health. The news stories won’t be disappearing any time soon.

I also think that locally (in BC), we’re going to see a decline in people eating out come July of this year. Why, you may ask? Well, our provincial and federal sales taxes are going to be harmonized this year, and many of the goods and services that used to be exempt from provincial sales tax (like restaurant meals) will now be taxed. That means an extra 7% on top of every meal/snack/coffee you order out. That’s got to have some impact on the industry. I just hope it doesn’t mean we lose some of the great restaurants we have in the city.

And I’m predicting chipotle mayo finally disappears for good 😉

So now I want to turn it over to you – tell me what you think will be the hot food trends for 2010? Do you agree with the lists? Is there something missing? Do you think a new food will become a star ingredient in my mayo this year? 😉

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4 Comments on “Food Trends In 2010”

  1. January 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

    i think your ideas are exactly right! i also think people are going to become generally more educated about nutrition and be more accepting and open-minded about it, as well 🙂

    ♥ lindsey

  2. January 13, 2010 at 6:06 pm #

    My kids ALWAYS ask for a Caesar salad with their meals, which comes at an additional cost. Mind you, it’s one I don’t mind paying, but not everybody has that luxury these days. My hubby has high blood pressure issues so sodium is something we watch out for. I was shocked at how much was in his favourite cereal, Raisin Bran! It’s ridiculous, to be sure. I’m not looking forward to the HST. I agree that it will force more people to stay at home. A food trend that I think will comtinue through 2010 is antioxidents.

  3. January 13, 2010 at 6:35 pm #

    Loved this post Marianne! I just opened my Eating Well magazine – I haven’t gotten through it yet though!

    I would love that nutritional information would be available at EVERY restaurant!

  4. January 14, 2010 at 7:32 am #

    Nnnnoooooo not the chipotle mayo!

    I think the trends you point out are the ones I see happening. Though i hope things like a growth in use of local produce, meat, beer, wine, etc. becomes more then a trend.

    I hope we can get kids eating healthier. that’s where it starts. I know as a kid my parents gave me healthy food, then I entered elementary school and saw the other kids with their “white bread” and for a while I went through a eat-what-everyone-is-eating phase, but since I’ve been older, I’ve returned more to my “eating roots”. It starts with the parents really I guess.

    Ugh HST. That sucks.

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