Join us, dear readers, as we venture into a world of culinary trends and shopper demands, courtesy of McCormick®. The beloved brand recently announced the 23rd Edition of its Flavor Forecast, complemented by the company's inaugural Flavor of the Year: Vietnamese x Cajun Style Seasoning.
"This year, McCormick is rolling out its most intriguing Flavor Forecast report yet, unveiling key trends that will shape the way that consumers prepare and enjoy foods for the next year," said Kevan Vetter, Executive Chef, Senior Director of Culinary for McCormick. "With the inaugural Flavor of the Year, Vietnamese x Cajun Style Seasoning, McCormick is demonstrating the culinary masterpiece that emerges when cuisines are combined. Through our activation in the Metaverse and tasting event, in partnership with Smashburger, we're excited to bring these flavorful concoctions to consumers."
The Flavor Forecast is an annual report on the latest culinary trends shaping consumer spending habits, compiled by a collaborative team of nearly four dozen global chefs, culinary professionals, trend trackers, food technologists, and McCormick team members from around the world.
This year, the collective uncovered some of the most stand-out predictions and trends, which include:
Tapping into such trends, McCormick is bringing its report to life with its first-ever official Flavor of the Year. According to a press release, Vietnamese x Cajun Style Seasoning is a bright, complex reflection of the innovations in food and flavor taking place on a global level. Crafted to complement each Flavor Forecast trend identified for 2023, the seasoning features cayenne and paprika in classic Cajun tradition and lemongrass, garlic, and black peppercorn, customary in Vietnamese recipes.
Consumers will get the chance to try out this inventive Flavor of the Year through a limited-time foodservice partnership with national restaurant chain, Smashburger. In addition, the company will be venturing into the metaverse to launch its new "House of Flavor by McCormick" on December 13.
To read more about the trends, Flavor of the Year launch, and these partnerships, click here.
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