"The new economy has created a boldness and willingness to change how we work, how we cook and how we eat,” said Kay Logsdon, editor of The Food Channel. “All of our 2011 trends reflect that in some way. One example is Baby Boomers wanting to age well. Trend No. 10 explains they are eating for better sex, more energy and the ability to work longer.”
The Food Channel Top 10 Trends for 2011 are:
1. The canning comeback – “Putting up” is gaining popularity for both economy and health.
2. Men in aprons – Layoffs have led to more men cooking.
3. Local somewhere – Consumers care about hand-tended, no matter where it’s grown.
4. Don’t ask, don’t tell – Consumers are tired of being told what we can eat.
5. Appetite for food apps – Social media is the guide and coupon source.
6. Small is the new big business – Corporations are thinking like small businesses.
7. Fresh every day – Rooftop gardens are just part of this trend.
8. Chefs in schools – Better flavor is possible in an institutional setting.
9. Discomfort foods – Change makes us comfortable with more change.
10. Eating for sex and other things – Consumers are working longer, and want all the gusto.