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Whole Foods Market Reveals Top 10 Food Trends for 2022; Sonya Gafsi Oblisk Explains

Whole Foods Market Reveals Top 10 Food Trends for 2022; Sonya Gafsi Oblisk Explains


AUSTIN, TX
Monday, October 18th, 2021

Whole Foods Market is at it once again with the release of its latest trends prediction. As we look back over 2021, last year’s predictions were pretty spot-on, so this year’s list is one to keep an eye on.

Sonya Gafsi Oblisk, Chief Marketing Officer, Whole Foods Market“Last year, we saw tremendous pandemic-related shifts in grocery buying habits as the world adjusted to spending more time at home. As the food industry slowly adjusts to a new normal, we expect to see consumers prioritize food and drink products that deliver additional benefits—like functional sodas and tonics—and products that support their sense of well-being—like urban garden greens and products grown with farming processes that help address soil health,” said Sonya Gafsi Oblisk, Chief Marketing Officer at Whole Foods Market. “We look forward to watching these trends take form in grocery aisles and on our plates in 2022.”

Each year, a Trends Council of more than 50 Whole Foods Market team members, including local foragers, regional and global buyers, and culinary experts compile trend predictions based on decades of expertise in product sourcing and studying consumer preferences, as well as in-depth workshopping with emerging and existing brands.

Whole Foods Market released its Top 10 Food Trends for 2022 alongside a curated Trends Discovery Box for consumers who want to try a little bit of everything that’s in store

For the first time ever, noted the release, Whole Foods Market is offering the Trends Discovery Box, a curated assortment of 10 products to represent each of the 10 trends in the forecast. The boxes, available for $30 (valued at over $50) allow consumers the chance to taste all the trends at once. Boxes go on sale on October 18 and are available for a limited time.

The Whole Foods Market’s top 10 food trend predictions for 2022 are as follows:

ULTRAURBAN FARMING

Fresh and sustainably grown herbs and salad greens in greenhouse systems using sunlight and 100 percent renewable electricity are on the list. Producers are finding new, boundary-pushing ways to grow hyper-local crops and maximize efficiency.

YOU DO YUZU

Yuzu is a citrus fruit mainly cultivated in Japan, Korea, and China. Taking the culinary world by storm, the tart and sour, tangerine-sized fruit is popping up in vinaigrettes, hard seltzers, mayos, and more.

Products such as EPIC Provisions 100% Grass-Fed Bars like Bison, Uncured Bacon and Cranberry Bar; Alexandre Family Farm 100% Grass Fed A2/A2 Yogurt (coming 2022); 365 by Whole Foods Market Pasture-Raised Large Brown Grade A Eggs; Applegate Well Carved Organic Meat & Veggie Burgers; and Neutral Organic Milk: Whole, 2% hit Whole Foods’ prediction that reducetarianism will be a big hit come the new year

REDUCETARIANISM

Reducetarianism means reducing consumption of meat, dairy, and eggs without cutting them out completely. When animal products are on the menu, reducetarians make them count, opting for premium grass-fed meat and pasture-raised eggs.

HIBISCUS IS HAPPENING

Hibiscus has a long and delicious history in the world of teas, and customers have historically kept it in their rotations for its vitamin C content. Now, producers are harnessing its sweet, tart flavor in the form of fruit spreads, yogurts, and beyond. Of course, beverage makers are keeping up, leaning on hibiscus to craft delicious drinks that adopt its signature hot-pink hue.

With 2021 witnessing a surge in “drysolation,” Whole Foods predicts more non-alcoholic drinks will hit the stage, such as Greenbar Distillery Bitters & Soda Non-Alcoholic Cocktail: Lavender, Orange and Earl Grey; Ritual Zero Proof: Whiskey, Gin, Tequila Alternatives, Rum Alternative (coming 2022); and John Ross Virgin Distilled Botanicals

BUZZ-LESS SPIRITS

With millennials and Gen Z-ers dabbling in “drysolation” during the pandemic, the retailer doesn’t see the sober-curious mindset going away anytime soon. Enter a new lineup of drinks that provide the taste and sophistication of cocktails without the buzz.

GRAINS THAT GIVE BACK

Grains are refocusing on the environment in 2022. Specifically, grains grown via agriculture practices and farming processes that help address soil health are of interest.

SEIZE THE SUNFLOWER SEED

Sunflower seeds are branching out of the ballpark and sliding into crackers, ice creams, and creamy cheeses. Delivering protein and unsaturated fats, these seeds are transforming the 21st-century snack game. Many sunflower seed-based products are made without nuts, which means allergy-friendly school snacks (just make sure to always check the label).

The herbal remedy moringa is hitting shopper’s baskets in a plethora of products, such as Kuli Kuli: Daily Green Boost with Moringa & Supergreens, Get Well Soon with Moringa & Camu Camu, Pure Moringa Vegetable Powder; Wella Organics Cashew, Matcha & Moringa Bar; Yolélé Fonio Pilaf, Greens! made with moringa and spinach; Sunscoop Mmmint Chip! Dairy Free Dessert with moringa; and Elements Truffle Maple Toffee with Moringa Artisanal Chocolate

MORINGA’S MOMENT

Often called the “miracle tree,” moringa is traditionally used as an herbal remedy in India, Africa, and beyond. Moringa leaves have plenty of nutrients, and these fast-growing, drought-resistant trees have been used as a source of food to fight malnutrition in certain parts of the world. Gaining steam in the U.S. as matcha’s latest alternative, it can be found in powder form and added to smoothies, sauces, and baked goods. It’s also showing up in unexpected products like frozen desserts, protein bars, and packaged grain blends.

FUNCTIONAL FIZZ

Today, bubbly beverages are doing double duty. That’s right, people are looking for sparkling drinks that not only taste great but also offer ingredients that balance out the sweetness. We’re talking soda with probiotics and fizzy tonics with added prebiotics, botanicals, and more.

TURMERIC TAKES OFF

Turmeric, aka “the golden spice,” has been used for centuries in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine, and has become popular in the U.S. as a dietary supplement. While golden milk lattes and turmeric supplements are nothing new, the spice is taking root as an ingredient in packaged foods like cereals, sauerkrauts, and even plant-based ice cream sandwiches.

Check out the trends list for more info as well as products to keep an eye out for.

Deli Market News will keep a lookout for the latest, so check back for the latest.

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