New year, new news! 2021 has officially graced the planet with hopes of renewal, and Hormel Foods is already grabbing life by the horns. The global branded food company is helping culinary enthusiasts around the world welcome 2021 by partnering with chefs to predict the new year's hottest food trends.
“It’s no surprise that comfort food, sourdough bread, and whipped coffee had big moments this past year, as people hunkered down and spent more time at home than ever before,” said Heather Vossler, Director of Innovation and Insights. “What’s interesting is that as we all eagerly look ahead to the fresh start of a new year, we’re seeing people still wanting that comfort and nostalgia, but also on a more elevated and focused level, as individuals continue seeking inspired, yet familiar, food choices.”
According to the company’s release, the top 2021 food trend predictions include:
New Routines and Rituals
“Nearly a year into the pandemic, people have created some new routines and rituals that are going to stick in 2021,” said Vossler. “The new normal now consists of dining experiences like family happy hour and themed dinner nights. Deep diving into new cooking skills has lost some of its charm (sourdough bread starters, anyone?). Next year, those family happy hours and themed dinner nights will continue, but more convenience products will be used instead of starting from scratch.”
Such an abundance of convenience products can be found in the Hormel Foods portfolio, including the new Black Label™ Oven-Baked Egg Bites and Hormel Black Label Breakfast Combos™ items.
Vossler also predicts that because so many meals will continue to be cooked at home, creative home chefs will use dishes and ingredients that can be utilized both now and later.
On the new Hormel Foods Heart-to-Table podcast, Chef MacKenzie Smith, two-time Food Network champ, cookbook author, and fan-favorite blogger, gave her scoop that hot honey will be a hot 2021 food trend.
There’s no doubt charcuterie holds a place in this trade news writer’s heart. However, the specialty favorite will hit it big this year. According to Hormel, home cooks will continue to express themselves with creative meat displays, whether via a board, jar-cuterie, chalet, or even a Columbus® Craft Meats’ Charcuterie Village!
Travel by Food
During acclaimed Chef Michael Mina’s recent appearance on the new Hormel Foods Heart-to-Table podcast, Chef Mina asserted his belief that—more than ever—people will choose to experience different cultures through cuisine at home while slowly emerging from restrictions brought about by the pandemic.
Expect even more grazing in 2021, but in convenient forms with products like JUSTIN’S® nut butters, available in single-serve squeeze packs.
That’s right, turning things into waffles, of all forms. According to Tony Finnestad, Executive Chef at Hormel Foods, imagination is the only limit as to what is being “waffled” in 2021.
Wellness all around will be a huge focus in 2021—mental, emotional, and physical. Ingredients like antioxidants, collagen, and protein are being added to products to provide improved benefits, like protein-enhanced Skippy® Peanut Butter.
For more information on what’s to be expected to hit it big this year, click here for the full release.
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