The grocer predicts plant-based products with more vegetables and brands that promote water conservation will be popular next year.
Whole Foods Market announced its 10 food trends predictions for 2024, with a particular focus on products that tout nutritional and sustainability benefits.
The forecasted trends for next year include plant-based products with more vegetables, the use of buckwheat and brands that promote water conservation.
This marks Whole Foods’ ninth year releasing its trends list as the specialty grocer continues to market itself as a retailer with a keen understanding of emerging food trends.
As a grocer focused on natural and organic ingredients, Whole Foods is well-versed in meeting the needs of health-conscious consumers, and a number of its predictions this year focus on balancing health as well as the use of natural ingredients for supplements.
Whole Foods noted that the “OGs of plant-based cuisine are making a comeback” with the emergence of protein-forward products with mushrooms, walnuts, tempeh and legumes to replace complex meat alternatives.
Plant-based seafood brands are also gaining momentum, bringing improved flavor and texture that can “rival the real thing.” Carrots are replacing lox; trumpet mushrooms are used for scallops; and konjac, a root vegetable, is being found in sushi rolls and poke bowls, per the announcement.
Caffeine is another area where brands are adding health benefits with the addition of mushrooms, probiotics and more into new coffee and energy drinks, Whole Foods said.
Buckwheat is growing in popularity as brands turn to it to boost protein, carbs and fiber in products, the grocer said, noting that the cover crop is also gluten-free and can be used to support soil health.
Just as consumers are finding products that improve their own health and wellness, they are also paying more attention to how environmentally conscious brands are, Whole Foods said.
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