Regenerative agriculture, West African foods, meat-plant blends and new varieties of flour are among the food influences and movements expected to take off in the next year, according to Whole Foods Market’s global buyers and experts.
Each year, more than 50 Whole Foods Market team members including local foragers, regional and global buyers and culinary experts thoughtfully compile the report based on decades of experience and expertise in product sourcing, studying consumer preferences and participating in food and wellness industry exhibitions worldwide.
While the term “regenerative agriculture” can have many definitions, in general it describes farming and grazing practices that restore degraded soil, improve biodiversity and increase carbon capture to create long-lasting environmental benefits, such as positively impacting climate change. As seasoned and amateur bakers alike look to scratch a creative itch in the kitchen, an array of interesting flours is entering the market making baking more inclusive and adventurous.
From indigenous superfoods to rich, earthy dishes, traditional West African flavors are popping up everywhere in food and in beverage. The trio of tomatoes, onions and chili peppers form a base for many West African dishes, and peanuts, ginger and lemongrass are all common additions. Butchers and meat brands won’t be left out of the “plant-based” craze in 2020, but they’re not going vegetarian. Chefs across the country have been on board with the trend for years through James Beard Foundation’s The Blended Burger Project, a movement that strives to make the iconic burger “better for customers and for the planet” by blending in at least 25% fresh mushrooms.
Other trends include fridge snacking, plant-based beyond soy, nut/seed butters and spreads, not-so-simple sugars, rethinking the kids’ menu, and zero-proof drinks.
General Mills has reported results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year that ended May 31, 2020.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Bayer AG said it would pay up to $10.9 billion to settle tens of thousands of lawsuits with U.S. plaintiffs alleging the company’s Roundup herbicide causes cancer, a milestone in the German company’s legal battle that has been weighing down its share price for nearly two years.
According to Reuters, U.S. supermarket operator Albertsons decided to go ahead with a downsized $800 million initial public offering (IPO) on June 25, the culmination of multiple attempts by its private equity owner Cerberus Capital Management LP to cash out.
PepsiCo has published its 2019 Sustainability Report, highlighting progress toward its sustainability goals and reaffirming the company’s plan to help build a more sustainable food system.
According to Reuters, U.S. grocery retailer Albertsons has said its initial public offering would be on target to raise up to $1.32 billion.
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