The Whole Foods market just released their most anticipated annual trend report for 2019. To my delight, the forecast was filled with gut-healthy favorites, nourishing fats, and sustainable choices that help save the environment. I’m honestly hoping that it’s the future that we all want to be a part of because it’s what most of us need in order to have a sustainable life and food source.
Pacific Rim flavors, eco-conscious packaging, faux meat snacks and new varieties of hemp-infused products are among the food influences expected to take off in the next year. The retailer’s seasoned trend-spotters thoughtfully compiled this report based on more than 100 years of combined experience in product sourcing, studying consumer preferences and participating in food and wellness industry exhibitions worldwide. – Whole Foods Market
Below are the predicted food trends for 2019:
Pacific Rim Flavors
Flavor inspirations from the Pacific Rim (Asia, Oceania, and the western coast of North and South America) are going to be popping up like crazy in grocery stores and restaurants. People continue to explore the world through their palates and it’s really interesting. Vibrant tropical fruits such as guava, dragon fruit and passionfruit are going to make their way into our colorful and deliciously healthy smoothie bowls and cocktails. I travel to so many places and have fallen in love with a lot of flavors, so I really appreciate the fact that the availability of these fruits will be made easy for everyone.
Even the popular meat alternative jackfruit will soon replace items like barbecue pulled porks, and the ultra-sweet-tasting fruit called luo han guo will soon replace added sugars. Good news, right? Maybe in the future, we don’t have to deal with artificial sweeteners anymore.
Whole Foods and 365 Everyday Value brands will launch a limited collection of refreshingly sweet products that are inspired by guava tropical vinaigrette, pineapple passion fruit sparkling water, mango pudding mix, and even passionfruit coconut frozen fruit bars.
Probiotics That Are Shelf-Stable
We always keep our probiotics in the fridge in order to ensure that our gut is working well. But now, you can happily expect that there will be stable probiotics in popular pantry goods like oatmeal, nut butter, granola and more. There’s no excuse for you not to get your daily dose of healthy bacteria in 2019! Not only that, even beauty products will not be infused with probiotic-based ingredients too– even your sunscreen!
Whole Foods recommends GoodBelly Probiotics Crunchybars, Effi Probiotic Chickpea Granola, Pacifica Sunset Sun + Skincare Mineral Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 and a lot more.
I’m so glad that the world is catching up with nourishing fats. In 2019, there will be more coconut-butter-filled chocolates, popcorn made with grass-fed ghee, and bars packed with MCT oil powder. You’ll easily find protein-packed, healthy-fat-laden snacks at your local Whole Foods Market.
Whole Foods recommends trying Evolved Keto Cups, Keto-friendly Dang Bars, Forager Project Organic Coconut Cashewgurt, Love Good Fats Plant-Based Bars, Vital Proteins Mocha Coconut Collagen Creamer.
Just because you’re eating plant-based food it doesn’t mean that you can leave meaty flavors and textures behind. Innovations in faux meat will continue to surprise you this year. Meat jerkies and pork rinds will be taken over by mushrooms that have rich flavors. The options will be endless! I’m just so glad that companies are reinventing veggies and plant-based products to its full potential.
Whole Foods recommends Quevos Egg White chips for vegetarians for healthy snacking.
Personally, this is my favorite. Packagings are as important as the food inside it. Certain brands are going to make a switch to packagings that are environmentally friendly and the change will continue to grow at a quicker pace. Dozens of brands in the OSC2 Compostable Packaging Collaborative have concentrated their efforts to make advancements in flexible product pouches. I honestly think that more brands should follow, so let’s see.
Whole Foods Market has begun setting up regional pilots to test recyclable strawless sipper lids made from PET without trying to increase the plastic content of a lid/straw combination. You can also expect to see a lot of emphasis on reusing and the bring your own vegetable bag kind of thing.
I’m really looking forward to more innovations in the years to come. It’s amazing that big companies and brands are now trying their best to be eco-friendly and sustainable all at the same time.