Food trends for 2012

A week ago we did a post on the dining trends for 2012, which covered what’s hot in eating out for the new year. Today we give you the top five food trends for 2012, as predicted by trendspotter Marian Salzman of Euro RSCG. Here’s what’s on the kitchen table for the upcoming year.
A week ago we did a post on the dining trends for 2012, which covered what’s hot in eating out for the new year. Today we give you the top five food trends for 2012, as predicted by trendspotter Marian Salzman of Euro RSCG. Here’s what’s on the kitchen table for the upcoming year.

Top trends in food

Have you heard about fat phobia, mobile eats or the rise of Korean food? If not, get ready to hear plenty. Salzman says these are the upcoming trends for 2012.

1. Fat phobia

Though the desire of Americans to lose weight isn’t news, the rest of the world is starting to follow suit. Salzman explains, “As hate for overweight grips the globe—even the stylish French are seeing a disturbing rise in obesity–look for big names such as Pepsi to get in on healthy choices act.”

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2. Guilt-free snacks

We are on board with the trend for healthier snack options and we aren’t the only ones. “Healthy snack offerings—and their sales—leap off the charts as we get mindful about what we munch,” says Salzman. “Look for packaged baby carrots, and low-fat chips and salsa or hummus to be huge for slimming down.”

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3. Southern fried

In contrast to the fat phobia trend, there are still plenty of people who love to eat high-calorie comfort food. “There’s a fervor for down-home, Southern cuisine, perhaps in reaction to fat phobia,” Salzman states. “Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Harlem eatery Red Rooster, for example, is wooing celebrities with okra, smothered pork chops and fried green tomatoes. Not exactly lean cuisine.”

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4. Korean food

“Foodies are buzzing about Korean flavor that’s pickled and peppered,” says Salzman. “Tacos and kimchis made the food truck scene in L.A., and recently Michelin awarded its first star to a Korean restaurant in Manhattan. Expect more Korean eateries to come.”

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5. Mobile eats

If eating on-the-go is the norm for you, you’ll love the trend of mobile eats. “As our mobile, pop-up and food-truck obsession grows, look for big brands and chains to jump on the bandwagon with mobile offerings,” predicts Salzman. “Hungry consumers have shown they’ll queue up anywhere for well-priced, innovative, multi-cultural fare.”

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