If you are surprised that frozen-yogurt “pup-sicle” treats are now a thing, it is probably time to take another look at the trends that are going to dominate the pet food market in 2022. Everything from mono-protein diets to avoid allergies to antioxidant-laden foods for your furry friend, trends toward humanizing pet food, and making it easier on the planet, are set to dominate the next year of pet product purchasing.
If a glass of potato milk, some plant-based “salmon” sashimi, or a turmeric ice cream sandwich sounds like a crazy idea, then it is time to get acquainted with some of the new and adventurous food trends that are going to be hitting menus, shelves, and shopping carts in 2022.
A lot of time, effort, and energy can go into making regular meat sausage. For meat-free patties and links, though, the process is even more involved. With a base of lentils or chickpeas instead of savory, meaty pork, you need to do more work up front to ensure the final product is going to stand out on grocery store shelves and in customers’ minds.
Trends show that people are continuing to eat at home even as restaurants are reopening, and other influences of COVID are changing what we are buying and eating at home. The focus on healthy living brought about by the pandemic has only increased trends toward clean labels and more nutritionally dense foods.
While the food and beverage industry has long relied on coloring agents and artificial dyes to achieve the appearance of the foods we eat, natural food coloring and natural food dyes are widening the options for producers looking to increase the health credentials of their product without sacrificing on the eye-catching appearance.
While perfecting tried and true beers with all their hoppy or malty notes is the first step in getting a great beer, adding flavors and adjuncts can open a wider world of possibilities that will challenge even the best brewer and attract increasingly savvy customers.
It is no secret that human food trends affect the food people buy for their pets. So, as more and more people have adopted vegetarian or vegan diets, interest in meat-free pet food options has increased as well.
New meat alternatives have brought more consumers around to seeing plant-based proteins as viable options on menus and at the grocery store. What is more, numbers show the trend is only gaining steam.
As we head into 2021 with all the changes the pandemic brought about, new food trends are emerging that show a mixture of old influences and new directions in how people think about food.