Kalsec global market research experts are predicting five trends that we expect to guide the global food industry in 2022. It is important and interesting to note that many of these trends are complementary. For example, reductionism can also lead to an increase in interest for homemade hot and spicy foods and healthy hybrids like plant-based proteins.

In addition to our predictions, we collected and summarized a master list of food trend predictions from top industry sources for you to view and compare.

So what is in store for 2022? Here are Kalsec’s top five food trend predictions for 2022:
 

2022 Food Trends

  1. Reductionism
  2. reductionismReductionism is the first on our list for a reason. The focus on sustainability continues to increase as more people and companies recognize the urgency and need for better practices, and evolve those practices. Now more than ever, sustainability should be at the forefront of new product development and business operations.

    In 2022, we expect to see the ‘Reduce’ in ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ on display more, as consumers look to reduce their consumption (specifically of meat, dairy and eggs), and for brands that are actively reducing as well. This also includes the trend for a reduction in the amount of food waste produced, which can be better achieved using natural food protection. We can also expect new menu items in the form of scraps from other items as a form of upcycling and reducing waste.

    As a Certified B Corporation, Kalsec is recognized for its sustainable practices and we encourage others to also prioritize sustainability initiatives.

  3. Asian Cuisine Gets Specific
  4. The pandemic has limited physical travel, yet accessibility of global culinary influence continues. It has never been so easy to interact with professional chefs from around the world, and apply those learnings at home. Beyond traditional methods, more chefs are sharing their recipes and techniques on YouTube and other social media platforms, and encouraging their followers to learn from them. This will lead to an increase in recognition of more regionally specific global flavors. More consumers are trying new flavors and techniques combined with their favorite comfort foods, or are exploring new comfort foods in general as they learn about different regions that were not previously accessible to them.

    As a result, consumers are becoming more sophisticated and want to differentiate specific regions where cuisines come from, with specific destinations in mind. Less consumers are referring to food as simply ‘Chinese’ or ‘Asian’ and are calling out the specific regions, like Thai. A few popular flavors and cuisines we expect to flourish in 2022 are primarily from the Southeast Asian area: Indonesian, Malaysian, and Filipino. We can also expect more Greek flavors to rise as well.

  5. Homemade Hot and Spicy
  6. homemade hot and spicyThe opportunity and increased interest in gardening and cooking has led to the inclusion of more adventurous peppers and spicy foods in everyday meals and dishes. We expect this to lead to more homemade salsas, hot sauces, and the like with specific peppers beyond just jalapeño – like gochujang or serrano.

    More hot and spicy dishes will also callout homemade cooking techniques as well, with roasted, toasted, grilled, charred and bbq flavors adding a new dimension to spicy flavor profiles. Kalsec offers flavors with roasted and toasted notes for Culinary Creations as well.

  7. Holistic Hop Beverages
  8. We are seeing a more holistic approach to many categories across the food and beverage industry; which includes food and beverages that promote mind and body wellness and the addition of more functional ingredients like turmeric. Functional foods are here to stay, and continue to evolve with novel offerings and products. Within this larger trend for functional foods and beverages we expect to see more of a focus on holistic hop beverages and zero-proof offerings. The expansive flavor portfolio and benefits of hop beverages are more accessible than ever, as hops breaks through the traditional beer application.

    Dry January, anyone?

  9. Healthy Hybrids
  10. The most popular hybrid that we expect to see is the continued trend for more mainstream plant-based options. We will see this proliferate globally in more options for plant-based chicken, seafood, milk, bacon, and more. The plant-based movement has largely been fueled by flexitarians, and we can expect this to continue to expand in comfort foods like fried chicken.

2022 Food Meta Trends

We analyzed 21 food trend lists from top industry sources and consolidated the top six meta trends for 2022 based on total mentions:
 

Reductionism - 16 mentions
Holistic Hop Beverages - 11 mentions
Healthy Hybrids - 10 mentions
Global Flavors - 10 mentions
Nostalgia & Comfort Food - 9 mentions
Gut & Microbiome Health - 8 mentions

Below are summaries of 21 trend prediction lists from top industry sources:

THE NEXT BIG THING: OUR TOP 10 FOOD TRENDS FOR 2022

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

  1. Ultraurban Farming: Innovation in indoor farming, hydroponics and aquaponics
  2. You Do Yuzu: Tart and sour citrus, tangerine-sized fruit will be showing up in vinaigrettes, hard seltzers, mayos and more
  3. Reducetarianism: Reducing consumption of meat, dairy and eggs without cutting them out completely
  4. Hibiscus is Happening: Going beyond teas to fruit spreads, yogurts and beyond
  5. Buzz-Less Spirits: Drinks that provide the taste and sophistication of cocktails without the buzz
  6. Grains that Give Back: Grains grown through practices that address soil health
  7. Seize the Sunflower Seed: Delivering protein and unsaturated fats to crackers, ice creams and creamy cheeses
  8. Moringa’s Moment: Matcha’s latest alternative
  9. Functional Fizz: Sodas with probiotics, prebiotics, botanicals, fruity flavors and unconventional ingredients
  10. Turmeric Takes Off: Packaged foods like cereals, sauerkrauts, and even plant-based ice cream sandwiches
2022 GLOBAL CONSUMER TRENDS

SOURCE: Mintel

  1. In Control: Brands delivering information and options to make consumers feel like they are in control
  2. Enjoyment Everywhere: Consumers are eager to embrace novel experiences, both virtually and in the ‘real’ physical world
  3. Ethics Check: Consumers want to see measurable progress from brands
  4. Flexible Spaces: Public and private spaces must maximize their capabilities to match consumers’ flexible lifestyles
  5. Climate Complexity: Consumers are looking to brands to help them mitigate their impact on the climate crisis
2022: THE YEAR OF THE CLIMB

SOURCE: Technomic

  1. Industry Bright Spots and Hurdles Persist: Industry recovery will continue
  2. All In on Prep: Persistent supply chain woes will force operators to innovate with unique and varied preparations of ingredients already on hand
  3. The Fight for Labor: Restaurants getting creative in their hiring process
  4. Proteins in Play: New and unexpected forms of protein; further exploration into plant-based seafood, milks, bacon and more
  5. Weighing Comfort vs. Experience: In a not-yet-post-pandemic world, consumers’ behaviors are even more challenging to predict as they desire both comfort and experience
  6. Ready for Robotics: Automation becomes more mainstream in the foodservice industry
  7. Take with a Grain of Salt: Naturally salty ingredients – such as purslane or seaweeds, salt-cured meats and fish, salt-forward sauces, condiments and spice blends, and cocktails incorporating salt water and other salted ingredients
TOP TEN TRENDS FOR 2022: HEALTH OF THE PLANET OVERTAKES PERSONAL HEALTH PRIORITIES

SOURCE: Innova Market Insights

  1. Shared Planet: Planetary concerns overtake personal health when it comes to consumer priorities
  2. Plant-Based – The Canvas for Innovation: Optimizing and diversifying options
  3. Tech to Table: Consumers turning to apps and artificial intelligence for guidance
  4. Shifting Occasions: Consumers seek more from going out
  5. Voice of the Consumer: Food and beverages that align with political, social and ethical values
  6. Gut Glory: Functional food and beverages to suit microbiome health
  7. Back to the Roots: Consumers increasingly value the functionality, freshness, and authenticity of local foods
  8. Amplified Experiences: Accelerated by the pandemic, consumers are hungry for new food and beverage experiences
  9. Upcycling Redefined: Ingredients which were once considered waste are being given a new lease on life in the circular economy
  10. My Food, My Brand: Food choices are now signals for entire lifestyles as personal values intertwine with purchasing decisions
KROGER ANNOUNCES 10 FOOD TREND PREDICTIONS FOR 2022

SOURCE: Kroger

  1. Umami Away!: Beyond Asian cuisine into new products, multicultural cuisines, traditional cooking and hybrid mash-ups
  2. “Everything” is..everything: ‘Everything’ seasoning is the trending flavor for 2022
  3. Tastes of Tequila: Savory tequila
  4. #TBT Flavors: Nostalgia and comfort foods
  5. PLANet-Based Foods: Reducing waste impact with upcycled ingredients and plant-based foods
  6. Grocery Glow-Up: Creating ‘Instagram-able’ meals at home
  7. Hyper-Local: Purchases local foods and beverages
  8. Natural Health and Beauty: Functional foods and beverages
  9. Good Enough to Share: Family size meals for specific diets
  10. All Aboard Charcuterie: Breakfast and dessert boards
THE 12 FOOD TRENDS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2022

SOURCE: Delish

  1. Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  2. Sunflower Butter
  3. Smaller Menus
  4. Plant-Based Everything
  5. Potato Milk
  6. More Robot Servers
  7. Ghost Kitchens
  8. Mushrooms
  9. Bottled Cocktails
  10. Espresso Martinis
  11. A Doggy Welcome
TOP 10 NEW AND RISING TRENDS 2021-2022

SOURCE: The Food People

  1. Mini Splurge: Little ways to upgrade daily rituals
  2. Comfort: Familiar foods
  3. Thrift Rules: Upcycling
  4. Home Delivery: Ghost kitchens and delivery only options
  5. Fired Up: Fire cooking techniques like grilling, charring, smoking
  6. Power of the Gut: The key to holistic wellbeing
  7. Alfresco Cooking and Dining: Restaurants embracing outdoor dining and cooking
  8. Frozen: Frozen foods are undergoing a foodie revolution
  9. Headspace: Practical ways to improve mental health
  10. Love Your Veg: Counterbalancing plant-based foods that mimic meat with dishes that highlight veggies upfront
THE TOP 7 FOOD TRENDS OF 2022

SOURCE: Better Homes and Gardens

  1. Even More Nostalgia
  2. Dining Out Will Be Even More of an Experience
  3. To-Go and Takeout Aren’t Going Anywhere
  4. The Resurgence of the Dinner Party
  5. Reducetarianism
  6. Spice Up Your Life
  7. Borderless Cuisine
4 HOTTEST FOOD TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2022

SOURCE: Baum + Whiteman

  1. Rise of the Cooking Robots
  2. Plant-Based Chicken is Everywhere
  3. More Ghost Kitchens
  4. Less Alcohol
9 BIGGEST FOOD TREND PREDICTIONS FOR 2022 & BEYOND

SOURCE: Spoonshot

  1. 2good 2gether – Food Synergies: Ingredients that work well together, like products with both zinc and Vitamin C
  2. Breathe Easy – The Gut-Lung Axis: Importance of gut health and how it can affect the lungs as well
  3. Scents & Sense-abilities: Many people experiencing changes in taste and smell as a result of Covid
  4. Robots Are Coming: Automation to meet labor shortages
  5. Lab To Fork: Lab-grown meat
  6. Plant-Based Milk Goes Grain-ular Barley is the new plant-based milk
  7. Growing Up-Cycling: Upcycling now has its own certification program
HANNI RUTZLER’S FOOD REPORT 2022

SOURCE: Hanni Rutzler

  1. Zero Waste: From repurposing and recycling to not creating waste in the first place
  2. Local Exotics: Combining local food production with the desire for culinary discoveries and new flavors
  3. Real Omnivores: Seaweed, cultured meat, and plant-based substitutes
  4. Vegourmets: Gastronomy will be richer in vegetables following Covid-19
  5. E-Food: Connectivity drives structural change in food system (e-commerce)
10 FOOD AND DRINK TRENDS SET TO SOAR IN 2022

SOURCE: Specialty Food

  1. Flexitarian Food
  2. Bigger, Better Breakfast
  3. Mushrooms
  4. Bottled Cocktails
  5. Nostalgic Desserts
  6. Japanese Flavours
  7. Levantine Food
  8. CBD
  9. Potato Milk
  10. Spicy Foods
COMFORT WITH A TWIST: SPECIALTY FOOD ASSOCIATION SPOTLIGHTS 5 FOOD TRENDS FOR 2022

SOURCE: Specialty Food Association

  1. Pasta Stages a Comeback
  2. Plant-Based Comfort Food
  3. Reducing Food Waste Through Upcycled Food Ingredients
  4. Global World of Snacking
  5. Peppers Take Off
  6. Foods With Benefits
10 FOODS & FLAVORS TO WATCH IN 2022

SOURCE: Datassential

  1. Yuba Noodles: Made from tofu skin, a plant-based noodle option
  2. Black Salt: Expanding beyond plant-based ‘egg’ dishes and into desserts, butter, and on cocktail rims
  3. Sikil Pak: The next hummus could be a Mayan pumpkin seed dip
  4. Chiltepin Peppers: The only wild pepper native to North America, could start showing up in meat and seafood, dips, and sauces
  5. Hearts of Palm 2.0: Plant-based seafood replacement and in many Latin-inspired dishes
  6. Chaat: A savory, crunched, spiced street snack from India
  7. Next-Level Non-Dairy Ice Cream: Incorporating new alternative ‘milk’ and dairy options
  8. Indian Pizza: Tikka masala or butter chicken pizza? Yum!
  9. Shashlik:: Meat kebabs with Central Asian and Russian flavors
  10. Asian Rum: India’s Maka Zai, Vietnam’s Sampan Rhum, Cambodian Samai Kampot Pepper rum and the Philippines’ Kasama rum
THESE WILL BE THE 25 BIGGEST DINING TRENDS IN 2022, ACCORDING TO CHEFS

SOURCE: Food & Wine

  1. Restaurants Will Be Open Fewer Days of the Week
  2. Menu Prices Will Continue to Rise…
  3. …As Menus Continue to Shrink
  4. Restaurant Operators Will Diversify Their Business Models
  5. Tips Will Be Pooled
  6. Cancellation Policies Will Be Stricter
  7. Hyper-Local Foods Will Get Even More Hyper-Local
  8. There Will Be More Chef Collaborations
  9. We’ll Use Local Food Delivery Services
  10. High-End Fine Dining is Back
  11. Food Will Be Personal and Unapologetic
  12. Comfort Food is Sticking Around
  13. Live-Fire cooking Will Get Even Hotter
  14. Alcohol-Free Cocktails Will Keep Booming…
  15. …And So Will Fermented Drinks
  16. Outdoor Private Dining is Here to Stay
  17. You’ll Eat Your Vegetables
  18. Preserved Ingredients Will Have More Starring Roles
  19. Seeds > Nuts
  20. Potato Milk is Coming!
  21. More Katsu for Everybody
  22. Salad Dressings Will Be Better
  23. Heritage Ingredients Will Take the Spotlight
  24. Local Caviar is on the Menu
  25. We’re Cooking ‘Pantry-to-Plate’
7 TRENDS THAT WILL SHAPE THE GROCERY INDUSTRY IN 2022

SOURCE: Grocery Dive

  1. Quick Delivery Expands
  2. Turning to Automation to Offset Labor Shortages
  3. Improving the Use of Consumer Data
  4. Meals Get Fresher and More Convenient
  5. Retail Media Networks Expand
  6. Premium Products Accelerate
  7. Getting Into the Business of B2B
15 FOOD TRENDS AND FLAVOR FADS FOR 2022 YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

SOURCE: SideChef

  1. Ultra Urban Farming and Indoor Gardening
  2. E-Food, Smart Meal Planning, and Online Grocery Shopping
  3. The Reducetarianism Movement – Moderation and Acceptance
  4. Normalizing Plant-Based Menu Options
  5. Moringa: A superfood also known as drumstick tree, horseradish tree or ‘miracle leaf’ that is now emerging as a powder
  6. Mocktails
  7. Sunflower Seeds: In ice cream, cheeses, butter, spreads, protein bars and other healthy snacks
  8. Functional Sparkling Fizz
  9. Turmeric
  10. Hibiscus
  11. Yuzu Fruit
  12. Globally Inspired Hot Flavors: Korean gochujang, Mexican tajin, Japanese furikake, Indonesian sambal
  13. Cold Coffee
  14. Childhood Favorites
  15. Island Escapes: Adding tropical fruits and flavors to foods
TOP 5 FOOD TRENDS FOR 2022

SOURCE: Produce Blue Book

  1. Easy Food: Consumers are tired of extensive meal prep and want easier to make, but better tasting ready-made meals
  2. Restaurant Evolution: Changing hours, ghost kitchens, and food truck parks
  3. Packaging Innovations: Paper straws, compostable trays and bags, and produce sold in bulk
  4. Indoor Farming: Billions of dollars were invested over the past few years, so we will be seeing the ‘fruit’ of that labor soon
  5. Mushrooms: Meaty umami flavor without the meaty calorie load
WHAT WILL BE THE TOP FOOD TRENDS OF 2022?

SOURCE: The Takeout

  1. Popcorn
  2. Interactive Food
  3. Celebrity Fast Food Collaborations
  4. More Boozeless Cocktails
  5. Environmentally Friendly Food
  6. Cottage Foods: Homemade foods like pickles, jams, and cookies
  7. Filipino Flavors
  8. Robots and Digital Dining
IFIC RELEASES 2022 FOOD TRENDS FORECAST

SOURCE: IFIC

  1. Well, Well, Wellness: Consumers looking for positive food attributes while exploring immune health and healthier diets
  2. Yearning for Yesteryear: Nostalgic comfort foods
  3. Fever for the Flavor: Satisfying gastronomical wanderlust with foods and flavors like hibiscus, yuzu, turmeric, kelp, gochujang, ube and kokumi
  4. Necessity is the Mother of (Pandemic) Invention: E-commerce, ghost kitchens, QR codes and self-service kiosks
  5. Sustainability “Cemented In”: Reducetarianism, climatarian, low-carbon and social sustainability
9 RESTAURANT INDUSTRY TRENDS IN 2022

SOURCE: LinkedIn

  1. Restaurant Menu Trends: Health-conscious movement continues, ethnic preferences change again, small menus dominate, QR code usage takes off
  2. Pop-Up Restaurants
  3. Ghost Kitchens
  4. Delivery Options
  5. Strengthen Online Presence
  6. Green Kitchens and Environmental Concerns
  7. The Rise of Vegan Cuisine
  8. Non-Alcoholic Cocktails
  9. Self-Serve & Grab-And-Go
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