Sponsored: What’s New for 2019?
Every year it’s fun to predict what will be the new food fads or trends. This year “plant-based” is the term du jour and more products are reflecting that trend…or is it only a short term fad? Let me know what you think!
Here are some other trends and fads I see reflected on the Ingles Supermarket shelves.
1 Splurging. From high fat ice creams to expensive cuts of meat. More customers want the option of being able to splurge for special meals, treats and holidays.
2 Single-Serve. The notion of individual containers and “grab- n-go” continues to be popular. We already have everything from peanut butter and hummus in single serve sizes; but expect to see more drinkable yogurts and kefir, soups that can easily be eaten at your desk or in your car, fruits and vegetables and snack kits in smaller sizes and servings.
3 Snacktastic. This year the top snacks seems to be sweet treats like caramel and chocolate popcorn or sweet mixes featuring cookies, candy and nuts.
4 Simplify. Whether you call it “simple” or “clean”, many brands have chosen to shorten their ingredient lists to appeal to consumers. (note: this doesn’t necessarily mean that the items are healthier or better for you!)
Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN
Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian