DAYTON, Ohio -- Kroger has announced its top food trend predictions for 2019.
Product developers, chefs and innovators at Kroger looked at the grocer's insights to see what food trends will continue into 2019. Here's what they found:
1. Regional flavors
Food influenced by specific regions will be popular in 2019. "From tried-and-true barbecue sauces and flavorful potato chips with a twist -- inspiration is coming from Nashville hot chicken, Southern Appalachian pimento cheese and other geographies. America's culinary heritage is as varied as it is delicious. Consumers will see a growing number of products influenced by local, regional and global tastes."
2. Plant-based foods
Consumers want more plant-based meals in their diet. "By electing to go meat or dairy free, whether for a meal, a Meatless Monday, Flexitarian Friday, or every day of the week, there will be more plant-based options available to power through the day. Last year, 31 percent of consumers participated in meat-free days once per week."
3. Trendy styles
Consumers will continue investing in trendy food diets like keto and paleo eating. "A recent study reports 15 percent of the U.S. population identify as vegetarian or vegan. Kroger is responding by offering and developing new products that make it easy for any customer practicing any lifestyle to find foods to support their health and wellness journey."
4. Gut-healthy foods
Consumers will find more food in 2019 that are rich in probiotics and good bacteria. "Medical studies show that a healthy gut is the foundation of overall wellness, and more than ever before, consumers are seeking foods that support self-care and healthy immune systems."
5. Low sugars
Consumers want to cut sugar from their diets. "In fact, 47 percent of consumers say they are working to minimize their sugar intake. New solutions and foods will continue to be added to grocery shelves to help consumers find products rich in nutrition and flavor and lean on sugar."
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