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Top 10 Food Trends for 2007

The Institute of Food Technologists (yep such a place exists) has come up with the Top 10 Food Trends for 2007. From upscale at home, to snacking on your own, the 2007 trends are definitely diverse and definitely speak to our ever changing society.

Since the IFT document is actually 39 pages long, I thought I'd help you out by giving you a general overview.

  1. Dining at Home - 75% of people polled said that they preferred to eat in (at least 5 nights a week). They liked this because they thought homemade food to be healthier. However the rise of take out and to-go meals are on the rise too.
  2. Food as Fun - 8 out of 10 diners "trade up" when dining out and splurge on premium, gourmet and exotic foods. Plus, celebrity chefs are just as famous as some movie stars.
  3. Convenient Products - With schedules getting busier and busier, people are looking for fresh, ready-to-eat food such as salads, precut veggies, pouches of tuna, skillet meals, single servings and more.
  4. Food "Sense" - Expect more foods with strong aromas, bigger crunch, crispiness, and freshness.
  5. Kids Rule - Parents are becoming more aware of the growing obesity rate in children. More companies are working on new and healthy snacks created just for kids.
  6. To see the other 5 Food Trends,

  7. Free, Free, Free - I'm talking about fat free, caffeine free, sugar free, gluten free, etc. The market for "free" products has been going strong and continues on for 2007.
  8. Eating Local - The slowfood movement is gaining momentum. People are eating locally, seasonally and are watching their "foodmiles" - the new buzzword that means the number of miles food travels from field to table.
  9. Just What the Doctor Ordered - More than 1/3 of Americans are now basing their food purchases upon advice from their doctors.
  10. Unique Beverages - What have I been telling you guys all along? Flavored waters, innovative teas and new energy sodas are all the rage this year.
  11. Snacky Snacks - Snacks and mini-meals are the biggest trend in the restaurant world. Taco Bell has even launched a campaign promoting the "Fourth Meal" - the one between dinner and breakfast. Plus traditional snacks are changing too, instead of cheese flavor, we'll now have three cheese flavored items.

So what do you guys think of this list? Is there anything you think should be here?

Source: Food Mall

sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 10 years
i've just started cooking at home more often because it saves more money and it definitely is healthier. you know what you are putting in the meals
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
i dine out most nights actually, even weekends! jsut used to it i guess. also, i believe its possible to get healthy choices out there too :)
demeter demeter 10 years
I'm glad dining at home is in now! Eating in is the best anyway!
partysugar partysugar 10 years
I love cooking at home but also I love going out to dinner.
RockinHeartJD RockinHeartJD 10 years
i notice when i eat out a lot, i feel sluggish. cooking at home is the way to go! you know if the food is prepared properly and healthfully! I totally agree with you, abbyk. It is definitely the "drunk 3 am" meal lol!
LesleyP825 LesleyP825 10 years
I've been cooking at home a lot and it gets me all excited. I love going food shopping and picking out items that I'm going to make into a meal. My husband and I hardly go out to eat anymore.
abbyk abbyk 10 years
i think taco bell should just say what everyone's thinking and change the phrase to "drunk meal"
workinggirl83 workinggirl83 10 years
I am definitely following trend #1, I have begun to cook at home alot more, it's not only fun and relaxing it saves me so much money.
jendudley jendudley 10 years
Fourth meal is what us fatties call after dinner dinner. :rotfl:
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
Hmmm interesting!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Interesting tidbits.
mdbzmom mdbzmom 10 years
Healthy convenient food is a must during the week. Good meals in under 30 minutes beats take-out most days.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Love the small plates trend in restaurants and that our local farmer's markets are opening.
ktjones ktjones 10 years
There were interesting to read. My family has totally started eating at home this year after years and years of dining out every night!
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