Well, it’s over. Two weeks ago now, 2021 has passed and with it a few food trends we might be happy to say goodbye. With any luck, feta and cream cheese will be back on the shelves now that TikTok Cheese and Tomato Pasta has reached its viral expiration date. And while pesto eggs might be the flavor of last year, the espresso martini revival seems here to stay.
Unlike last January, we are starting this new year with vaccines and boosters at our disposal, but the omicron variant will ensure that eating at home remains an unbroken trend. Other habits will take root: take-out meals and meal kits for participatory home cooking will continue, and local delivery services will appeal to third parties known for their abusive prices. Customer interest in food sources, local supply chains, foods containing CBD, and adaptogenic drinks designed to calm us down will remain, like most of us, high. But what else can we expect in the trend forecast for 2022? A few surprises, but many that make sense for the health of the industry as a whole.