On Tuesday, Whole Foods released its predictions for 2017’s hottest food trends—a list that’s compiled by experts who track consumer behavior at more than 400 of the chain’s stores.
– Wellness tonics: Ingredients include kava, Tulsi/holy basil, turmeric, and apple cider vinegar.
– Byproducts: Whole Foods says brands like Atlanta Fresh and White Moustache are using leftover whey from yogurt production to create probiotic drinks.
– Coconut everything: Think: Chips, ice cream, butters, etc.
– Japanese food beyond sushi: Like dried kelp, wakame, and Japanese-style pickles.
– Creative Condiments: Such as black sesame tahini, habanero jam, ghee, and black garlic purée.
– Alternative pasta: Alternative grain noodles made from quinoa, lentils, and chickpeas will be on the rise.
– Purple foods: Also will include black rice, elderberries, acai, and purple corn and cereal.
– Oven-ready meal kits: Fresh oven-ready meal kits and vegetable medleys will be on the upswing.