Six flavor and food trends to watch for in 2018

by Monica Watrous
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A continued interest in global flavors, superfood ingredients and Instagram-ready dishes will drive product development next year.
 
BOULDER, Colo. — Glow-in-the-dark donuts and moringa lattes may be among the hottest food fads next year, according to a new list of culinary trend predictions by Sterling-Rice Group.

A continued interest in global flavors, superfood ingredients and Instagram-ready dishes will drive product development on restaurant menus and retail shelves in 2018, said Liz Moskow, culinary director at Sterling-Rice Group.

The annual report is the culmination of in-depth research, international travel and input from more than 175 chefs, restauranteurs and food experts.

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Liz Moskow, culinary director at Sterling-Rice Group

“We look at what’s happening in society, what’s happening in technology, in the environment, in the economy and in politics that’s influencing consumer behavior,” Moskow told Food Business News, a sister publication to MEAT+POULTRY.

Not all trends hit the mainstream, but key drivers reflect changes in consumer behaviors and need states that manufacturers and chefs may leverage in innovation.

Read on for six cutting-edge culinary trends in 2018.

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