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Tuesday, December 23, 2008 

Food Trends for 2009

According to the Food Channel and the World Thought Bank. (Let's hope it's not one of those banks lacking in funds....)

Top Ten Food Trends for 2009

1.
Home on the Range -- Downsized economy breeds new generation of home
chefs, more food-savvy than their predecessors
2.
Foodie 2.0 -- Growth of virtual and non-virtual food communities
3.
Going, Going Green -- Kitchens go eco-conscious
4.
Living La Vida Locavore -- Eating locally and seasonally, both at home
and in restaurants
5.
TMI? -- Is seeing the calorie count on the menu Too Much Information
(TMI), or will it lead to healthier choices?
6.
FrankenFood -- The rise of bioengineering and genetically modified
food; the next evolution of last year's Functional Food trend
7.
Food Philanthropy -- Individuals and companies address world hunger
8.
Food Insecurity -- The call for tighter food controls, after the
tomato and jalapeno scares of 2008
9.
Brewing Business -- Striking a balance when cost is an issue; the
divide widens between the exotic and day-to-day food needs
10.
Where in the World ... -- is the next flavor trend coming from? It's
all about globalization and variety

Seems there are a few conflicting trends there...how can locavores (#4) want globalized food (#10) or frankenfood (#6)?

This topic came up at a party the other night and we thought that locavorism will continue stronger, as will the foodie culture, both on and off the 'net(s). We noted that there wasn't specifically a cuisine that reigned supreme, such as the Southwest/New Mexican swept through decades ago. More toward flavor though use of spices, though.

I'm not too enthused to see frankenfoods on anyone's radar, especially since Obama selected Tom Vilsek as Ag "Czar." However, I am rather intrigued with the added "bonus" trend they add in of "clandestine cuisine!"

What do YOU think are the upcoming trends.

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Love your new look, and these trends look interesting too!
Have a very Merry Christmas!

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