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Getting Comfy with Comfort Food


Posted by Rebekah Wicke on 11/14/17

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Maybe it’s due to current events, or maybe life has gotten more stressful. Maybe people are feeling particularly nostalgic and craving mom’s cooking, or maybe this is due to the indulgent food trends we’ve been seeing. Either way, comfort food has made a major come back in recent years, and it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.

AdobeStock 72110619 1Comfort food encompasses a wide range of dishes, both savory and sweet, and each region or country may have its own set of comfort foods. What makes a food a “comfort food”? These are the foods that we grew up with; foods that make us feel nostalgic about our childhoods. They’re foods that feel inherently good because they remind us of home. Perhaps that’s why we tend to turn to comfort foods in times of stress. For a while, comfort foods were trending primarily in fall and winter, but now, we’re seeing comfort food items on menus and in retail all year round.

One might think that due to the rise of recent health and wellness trends, comfort food would be on the decline. Comfort food, however, is still seeing gains, especially on restaurant menus and the frozen aisle, but also even on snacks. Consumers like products that turn eating into an experience, and comfort foods do just that by offering a nostalgic experience. Not only that, but because comfort foods are typically perceived to be homemade, they’re often times perceived to be healthy too.

Here’s our breakdown of the comfort food trend:

1. Just like Mom Made – But with a Twist
Comfort food dishes and flavors like pot roast, mac and cheese, chili with cornbread, chocolate chip cookies, and grilled cheese & tomato soup, remind consumers of their childhoods. Consumers are looking for a modern take on these popular and iconic dishes, so expect to see new twists on these dishes. All the comfort consumers love, but with trendier ingredients and flavors. There are entire restaurants, for example, that are dedicated to making modern takes on mac and cheese that include trendier ingredients like sriracha, olives, Indian spices, and Gruyere.

2. Regional American Comfort Foods
AdobeStock 102462724The South is known for its comfort food, and so it’s no surprise that Shrimp & Grits, Biscuits & Gravy, and Chicken & Waffles have made their way into restaurants of all types – everything from QSRs to fine dining – and onto your favorite snacks. Expect to see more regional American influences as consumers continue to demand comfort foods.

AdobeStock 1107363913. Ethnic Influence
Ethnic food, in general, has been among the biggest and most pervasive trends of the last few years. Unsurprisingly, ethnic-inspired comfort foods, like Polish Pierogis and Vietnamese Pho, have grown increasingly popular, as consumers, and specifically, Millennials, have become more adventurous and more curious about other cultures.

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Breakfast On the Rise


Posted by Rebekah Wicke on 10/3/17

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Breakfast is on the rise! Thanks, in part, to all-day breakfast offerings, breakfast is one category that’s been seeing some serious transformations. With consumers seeking new and interesting takes on food, breakfast items have been breaking out of the norm. Breakfast isn’t just about eggs and pancakes anymore; it’s about bowls, spicy and savory flavors, avocado toast, portable options, ethnic and regional influences, comfort food and nutritious, protein packed items. Let’s take a look at some of the top breakfast trends we’ve been seeing:

Bountiful Bowls

AdobeStock 76459786Bowls have been taking the frozen aisle and menus by storm in recent years, due to their convenience, versatility and portion control. Bowls can either be super indulgent, or touted as healthy and nutrient packed. It’s no surprise, then, that bowls have grown increasingly popular for breakfast. Smoothie bowls, which feature healthy ingredients like fruit, chia seeds and globs of protein packed peanut butter, in particular have seen substantial growth. Not only are they perfect for breakfast, but they also make a great snack.

Spicy & Savory

When thinking about breakfast foods, a lot of sweet flavors come to mind: maple, banana, strawberry, cinnamon. But now, breakfast is breaking out into spicy and savory flavors. Seeing as breakfast has been moving into other dayparts where sweet flavors are not as prevalent, it only makes sense that breakfast would start taking on spicy and savory flavor profiles. Spicy flavors, specifically, are popular with Millennials, who are looking for more heat across categories.

Avocado Toast

Everyone’s heard about Millennials’ deep love for avocado toast. Not only is avocado toast popular, but other forms of toast with colorful, often times healthful ingredients loaded on top are seeing growth. Why? Social media may play a role in this one. These items are not only healthy and tasty, but they also photograph well for social media.

AdobeStock 80136273Ethnic & Regional Influences

As interest in ethnic cuisines is reaching all new heights, ethnic inspired breakfasts are seeing increases as well. Think Middle Eastern Shakshouka, French Crepes and Mexican Chilaquiles and Huevos Rancheros. Similarly, food items inspired by different regions in the United States have been on the rise too, and for breakfast, Southern items in particular have experienced substantial growth. These items are typically viewed as comfort food, which is also on trend. Think Chicken & Waffles, Biscuits & Gravy and Beignets.

Convenience

Everyone is eating on the go – especially Millennials. Food items need to accommodate Millennials’ busy lifestyles, meaning that they need to be portable. There’s been a substantial increase in portable breakfast options both in foodservice and retail, taking the form of wraps, bowls, and bars.

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Seeing as Millennials are expecting to eat their breakfast on the go, they’re looking for their wrap, bowl or bar to have it all: convenience, portability, nutrition and protein. They want their breakfast items to keep them full and fuel them with protein and nutrients. Not only do they expect their breakfast to be delicious and social media friendly, but it needs to be healthy and nutrient rich too. Consumers have grown increasingly health conscious, and so they’re expecting their breakfast to start their day out right.

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"Healthy" vs. Indulgent Flavor & Snacking Trends


Posted by Rebekah Wicke on 9/5/17

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In recent years, “healthy” foods and flavors have been on the rise, as consumers have been becoming more and more health conscious. Consumers have been seeking out food items, spices and flavors with perceived health benefits and free-from claims. In opposition to this trend, we’ve also been seeing super indulgent foods and flavors on the rise. While this trend hasn’t received nearly the attention that the clean eating trends have, consumers have been gravitating towards a “treat yourself” mentality, where foods with super indulgent flavors and ingredients are in demand. Snack manufacturers in particular can take advantage of both of these opposing trends by offering options that are perceived to be healthy, as well as options that are super indulgent and turn a snack into a treat. Here’s a closer look at each of these trends:

“Healthy”

AdobeStock 79978154A growing number of consumers are seeking out snacks that meet certain requirements or claims, as they perceive them to be healthier. Whether or not these products actually are healthier is another story. Certain spices, like turmeric, cumin and ginger, which have some possible health properties, have been popping up more and more on snacks. Similarly, other flavors and ingredients that are perceived to be healthy, like avocado, kale, citrus, and sweet potato have been increasing in menu item mentions and new product introductions. Don’t be surprised to see more items with fruit and vegetable inspired flavors in the grocery store and foodservice, as those items will typically be perceived as healthier, even if they aren’t.

Indulgent

AdobeStock 88292963For many consumers, snacking is supposed to be a treat, so they’re looking for foods and flavors that really feel like just that. Dessert inspired flavors are, of course, some of the most popular options for indulgent flavors, especially for popcorn and dairy based snacks. These types of flavors would include strawberry cheesecake, apple pie, cookies and cream, red velvet cake, candied apple, and s’mores. Savory flavors, however, can definitely fall in line with this trend. Meat lovers pizza, loaded tater tot, bacon mac and cheese, and most comfort foods fall in line with this trend. 

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Fuchs’ Fall 2017 Flavor Insights


Posted by Rebekah Wicke on 8/22/17

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It’s almost fall and you know what that means? Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice doughnuts, pumpkin spice ice cream, pumpkin spice everything! As much as we love pumpkin spice, our customers are always asking us what other flavors there are for fall. Over the past few years, pumpkin spice has dominated fall foods and flavors, but there are so many other yummy fall flavors that consumers will love just as much. Here’s our take on some up and coming non-Pumpkin Spice fall flavors:

Beverage Inspiration

More and more, we’ve been seeing beverage inspired foods and flavors across categories and in both retail and foodservice. This fall, we expect wine and other alcoholic beverages will serve as inspiration for dishes and products in various channels. Wines, especially red wine and port wine, have been among the top growth flavors for foodservice in recent weeks, and as the weather starts getting a bit colder, we wouldn’t be surprised to see these flavors grow even more in the coming weeks.

Outside of wines and the ever popular Pumpkin Spice Latte, other beverages, like chai tea, horchata, and hot chocolate will also see rises in popularity. Tea flavor profiles in particular have been popping up more frequently in dairy, desserts, baked goods and snacks. Don’t be surprised to see beverage inspired items with an ethnic twist, like Mexican Hot Chocolate, on grocery store shelves and restaurant menus this fall.

Comfort Food Reimagined

AdobeStock 58715349Comfort food has been trending across the board lately, and last fall, we saw classic comfort food items popping up in foodservice, snacks and frozen foods. Think meatloaf, roasted chicken, butternut squash soup... Expect to see those same types of profiles, but with a twist. We expect to see some of the other flavor trends, like super spicy and ethnic flavors, combining with this trend for unexpected takes on classic dishes.


Sweet Tooth Satisfying

AdobeStock 73979325Although caramel and salted caramel are now year-round flavors, expect to see a spice in caramel and related items throughout this fall. Desserts, dairy and snacks in particular will see new flavors that feature caramel combined with other trendy ingredients. Apple flavors and items, as well, are frequently associated with fall, so expect to see more of those, but in conjunction with trendy ingredients and new applications. Dessert inspired flavors have been increasingly popular, so don’t be surprised to see some super indulgent takes on your favorite fall desserts.

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