Food Trends

Inspiring Insights & Visions for the Future Conference

Inspiring Insights & Visions for the Future Conference

I was privileged to attend Food Processing’s Food Leaders Summit 2015 in April in Chicago. This event provided inspiring insights & visions for the future conference, but it also explored the frontiers of food innovation. Speakers provided rare but important...

2015 Food Trends

2015 Food Trends

The following list of 2015 lists on food, beverage and nutritional product trends was compiled by Global Food Forums, Inc. 2015 list contributors include Innova Market Insights, Technomic Inc., Sterling-Rice Group, Specialty Food Association, National Restaurant...

Cooking to Save Your Life – More than a Cookbook

Cooking to Save Your Life – More than a Cookbook

(June 1, 2014—Global Food Forums, Inc.) In the opening page of  “Cooking to Save Your Life,” by Chef Kurt Stiles, John Morey, Executive Chef of DNC Sport Service, Bank of America Stadium, Carolina Panthers writes “Five short years later [after Chef Stiles’ stroke],...

Natural Products Expo Never Fails to Please

Natural Products Expo Never Fails to Please

March 11, 2014, Global Food Forums -- The 2014 Natural Products Expo never fails to please. NPEW (West) was a "whopper" this year. With some 65,000 attendees and the Anaheim Convention Center bursting at the seams with exhibitors, one could obtain a convenient...

The Center for Disease Control (CDC)

The Center for Disease Control (CDC)

August 10, 2012 - The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a map detailing adult obesity prevalence for all U.S. states in 2011. The South had the highest prevalence of adult obesity at 29.5 percent, followed by the Midwest at 29 percent, the Northeast at 25.3...

What Makes a Food Scientist or a Chef?

What Makes a Food Scientist or a Chef?

Many trends were discussed during presentations, on the exhibit floor and during social events at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologist (IFT) convention held June in Chicago.  Hot topics of conversation included how to increase interest in food science careers and...

Factors for Weight Control beyond Food and Exercise

Factors for Weight Control beyond Food and Exercise

The September 30, 2012 issue of the Chicago Tribune ran an article by reporter Julie Deardorff entitled “In battle against bulge: calories aren’t the only enemy.” While increased food consumption and decreased physical exercise explains most of globesity—the...

2012 Food Trends

2012 Food Trends

I always like sitting back as trend predictions for the coming year roll in. While each one can be insightful, when they are considered together (especially if from unrelated sources), larger themes emerge. A few disclaimers on the following list of lists include that...

Is Gluten Free a Trend or Fad?

Is Gluten Free a Trend or Fad?

This last week I gave a presentation on trends in the food industry at the May 2012 Food Executive Women's meeting. The Chicagoland-based group (http://fewchicago.blogspot.com) was founded about 21 years ago and its membership profile is somewhat similar to the...

Pink Slime and Sustainability

Pink Slime and Sustainability

I’m confused (it sometimes happens). After reading many blogs and comments on lean finely textured beef, opps, I forgot to call it by its inflammatory name, “pink slime,” it seems that often the same people that are criticizing it are also the same ones promoting...