Top 10 Food Trends from Food Channel

The Food Channel, a Web site I had the pleasure of stumbling upon today, has identified the top ten food trends for 2009. Based on research conducted by The Food Channel in conjunction with the World Thought Bank and the International Food Futurists(TM), the list includes:

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

I think the Food Channel is right on the money with all of these upcoming trends. I think some may become more trendy than others like going green, food philanthropy, and Foodie 2.0.

Jennifer James, Editor