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These food trends will make 2015 a delicious year

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As our palettes continue to evolve, so will the food industry. Whether we’re talking streamlined grocery shopping or the craft food and beer, 2015 will see a shift in consumer necessity, distribution and industry growth.

Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert, working with ConAgra Foods, predicts that the most noteworthy changes next year will stem from a hunger for more bold-flavored foods that are also healthy and unique. Two noteworthy trends that will pave the way are the increase of smoked foods and daily snacking.

As chefs begin to impart flavor into meat alternatives like butters, cocktails and vegetables, expect smoky food all year-round. For a taste of something already on the market, try Hunt’s Fire Roasted Dice Tomatoes, which offers a fresh-from-the-grill flavor we’re yearning for.

And gone are the days of three meals a day — forget dinner, it’s a snacking revolution. Did you know that snacks now make up 14% of total restaurant traffic and 25% of the population snack 3-5 times a day? And it’s not just teenagers — baby boomers are snackers, too. We predict that in 2015, boomers will focus on foods rich in nutrients, plant-based proteins and whole grains, like DAVID Sunflower Seeds and Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Naturals.

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