What new flavors are creating buzz in the U.S.? A new report by Mintel announces major trends that are just emerging, already hitting the mainstream, and those that are set to shape the future of foodservice in 2018 and beyond.
Opportunity lies in the expansion of international flavors and ingredients. The future of flavor also lies in creating healthy dishes without giving up satisfying taste.
Among the flavors already creating buzz, Middle Eastern cuisine has become an inspiration for fusion flavors, ‘less sweet’ desserts featuring ingredients such as olive oil and vinegar are gaining popularity, and functional ingredients are adding color and flavor to food and drinks, according to Mintel’s 2018 US Flavor Trends.
Mintel also predicts spice blends, sauces, and condiments will introduce diners to emerging international cuisines, while new spins on seasonings and preparation methods will bring meaty flavors to both meat and vegetables alike.
Looking ahead, expect to see chefs and scientists push the limits of creativity to provide a sense of balance and harmony in foods through ‘kokumi,’ which adds complexity and depth to dishes, the report states.
“Flavor is an ever-evolving art, ripe with opportunities for interpretation, innovation and creativity,” says Amanda Topper, associate director of Foodservice Research at Mintel. “Today, that opportunity lies in the expansion of international flavors and ingredients and in the years ahead, we predict the ingenuity of new dishes will come down to enhancing the chemistry of ingredients to create hearty masterpieces. The future of flavor also lies in creating healthy dishes without giving up satisfying taste.”
To download the report, go here.