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Food Flavors and Ingredients Outlook 2012, 9th Edition


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Whether or not there is a double dip recession or the Euro Zone financial crisis spills over onto U.S. shores, the economic picture for 2012 appears bleak, at best. Feeling the squeeze, both the employed and out-of-work will continue to practice the frugal behaviors adopted during the Great Recession of 2008 while also attempting to incorporate healthy food choices into their daily routines.

Seeking to overcome the boredom of extended frugality, consumers will especially value creative attempts by manufacturers, retailers, and foodservice operators to affordably introduce variety, comfort and indulgence to their taste experiences.

As in years past, the goal of this report is to identify and discuss the flavor and ingredient trends expected to have a major impact in 2012 on food consumed both at home and away.

The ninth edition of this report takes a look back to 2011 and examines flavor and ingredient trends anticipated for 2012 in relation to:

  • Ethnic & Regional Enticements

  • Produce Predominates

  • Flavor & Ingredient Crossovers

  • Making Healthy Easier

  • Mostly, Friendlier Fats

  • Beverages Breaking Through

  • Protein: Lean & Luscious

  • Sexy Sandwiches

  • Sweet Treats

Report Methodology

The information in Food Flavors and Ingredients Outlook 2012, 9th Edition is based on both primary and secondary research, including interviews with the Kruse Company, the Center for Culinary Development, Produce Retailer and Agricultural Consultant and Owner of Harmony Valley Farm, Richard de Wilde. Secondary research involved gathering data from various trade, business and government sources, including company websites and Internet blogs.

What You’ll Get in This Report

Food Flavors and Ingredients Outlook 2012 outlines the anticipated key drivers likely to impact the U.S. food and beverage industry in 2012. These include economic uncertainty arising from the seemingly slow pace of the U.S. economic recovery and financial woes in the Euro Zone, tenuous consumer confidence, the shrinking middle class, continued consumer frugality and trading down.

This year’s report focuses more on flavor and ingredient trends across a wider range of food and beverage categories. A change from last year, it does not address sustainability, organic and natural ingredient trends, which are more appropriately covered in other, dedicated Packaged Facts reports.

Benefits of this Report Include:

  • A single source providing extensive coverage of food flavors and ingredient trends expected to impact consumer food and beverage selection in 2012 and beyond

  • Insight into how flavor and ingredient trends are moving through retail and foodservice

  • An in-depth look at the new found importance and increased availability of produce, especially locally grown, both fruits and vegetables, from the perspective of growers, consumers, processors, retailers and foodservice operators


  • Executive Summary
    • Scope
    • Key Drivers
      • Forever Frugal and Trading Down
      • The Downwardly Mobile Middle Class
      • Going to Extremes
    • A Look Back and Ahead
    • Ethnic and Regional Enticements
    • Produce Predominates
    • Trend Watching 2012
    • Flavor and Ingredient Crossovers
    • Making Healthy Easier
    • Beverages Breaking Through
    • Protein: Lean and Luscious
    • Sexy Sandwiches
    • Sweet Treats
  • Ethnic and Regional Enticements
    • Beyond Korean & Korean Fusion
    • Peruvian Progressing
    • Southern Revival
    • Celebrating U.S. Regional Ingredients
    • Mexican Misconceptions: Appealing to the Hispanic Population
    • What Foodies Want: U.S. Cities with Ethnic Food Appeal
      • Table Top U.S. Destination Cities with Ethnic Food Appeal
    • Providence - Portuguese Roots Plus Peculiar Pleasantries
      • Santa Fe Specialties
  • Produce Predominates
    • Heirlooms: Starting with Old, Very Old, Seeds
    • Ratcheting Up "Real" with Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
      • Produce Promises at Progressive Fast Casuals
      • Juicing It Up
      • Produce Pronto: On-the-Go and At Home
      • Fruit & Veggies On-the-Go
      • Salad and Cook-Ready Veggies: Available On Demand
    • Popular Produce
      • Greens
      • Turnips
      • Specialty Mushrooms
    • Vegetables: The New Luncheon Meat?
    • Potato Appeal
    • Vegetables From the Sea
    • Edible Plants from the Wild
    • Bountiful Fruits
      • Sensational Superfruits
      • Trendy Tropicals
      • Tangy Citrus
      • Apples Abound
    • Food Stamps
    • Farmers' Markets: Too Many, Too Few, Time for Something New?
      • Table Number of Operating Farmers' Markets in the United States
      • CSAs and Farmers' Markets - Collaborators or Competitors?
    • Supermarket Produce - Getting More Local
    • Supermarket Produce Aisle - THE Place to Be
    • Veggies, Veggies Everywhere - Except the Diet?
  • Trend Watching 2012
    • New Crop of Young Farmers
    • Historic Gastronomy: Recreating Recipes of Olde
    • Linner & Brinner: Millennials Redefine Eating
    • New Market Formats for DIY Food Crafts
    • Gourmet Gadgets - Goofy or Godsends?
      • Perfecting Mini Pies
      • Whoopie Pies Go Wild
      • Serious Stuff for Sous Vide Fans
      • Panini Press On
      • Yonanas: Going Bananas
    • New Twists in Food Tourism
      • Agritourists Seek Farmer Chefs
      • Tour de Compost
      • Home is Where the Chicken Roosts
    • Future Food: Dinner for …… 7 Billion!
      • Breadfruit Believers Battle Bland
      • Betting on Bug Bites
      • Vampires, Line Up
    • Crossovers: Ingredients in Unexpected Places
      • Duck Fat: Good for You, or Just Good?
      • Desserts Get Peppered Up
      • Pretzel Power
      • Waffles - Unwavering
      • Luxurious Layering
    • Combos and Value Meals in New Places
  • Making Healthy Easier
    • Plate2 vs. Pyramid
      • Harvard: Healthy Eating Plate
    • Managing Weight - Still a Hefty Task
    • Making Dining Out More Nutritious
      • Ronald's Reckoning: Reinvention Triumphs Over Retirement
      • The Power of Peer Pressure: Kids LiveWell Program
      • Dietitians - The New Menu Celebrities?
    • Consumers' Nutrition Concerns
    • Gluten-Free Going Gangbusters
    • Vexing Vitamins
    • Defining Beauty
    • Explosive Energy
  • Mostly, Friendlier Fats
    • Preindustrial Fats - Pure Pleasure
      • Artisanal Butter
    • Healthier and Heavenly
    • Specialty Seed, Nut and Vegetable Oils
      • Pumpkin Seed Oil
      • Avocado Oil
      • Nut Oils
  • Beverages Breaking Through
    • Smoothies: More Shaking & Stirring
      • Table Recently Launched U.S. Retail Smoothie Products
    • Jazzing Up the Juice
      • Juice Bar Makeover - Revolution or Evolution?
      • Retail Market - Less Juicy?
      • Drink Your Vegetables!
    • DIY Beverages Get Personal
      • Customized Concentrates
      • Portable Powder Sticks Still Popular
      • Getting Personal, At Home
  • Protein: Lean and Luscious
    • Seafood
      • Retailers Increasingly Committed to Sustainability
      • Boat-to-Table: Hi Tech Enabled
      • Canned Tuna - Under Attack
      • The Dietary Guidelines & Seafood Consumption
      • Savoring Small, Oily Fish
    • Poultry Preoccupation
      • Chasing Chickens
      • Tantalizing Turkey
      • Pies - Not Just for Dessert
    • Bye, Bye Boxed Beef!
    • Sizzling Sausages
      • Ethnic Dogs
      • "If It Ain't In a Casing, it isn't worth tasting."
      • Sausage Stats
      • Corn Dogs
    • Boastful Burgers - Can You Top This?
      • Mighty Meat Combos
      • Seafood Combos
      • Utmost Umami
  • Sexy Sandwiches
    • Burgers Beware!
      • Haute Sandwiches
      • Glamorous Grilled Cheese - Getting Cheesier
      • Scanwich: Sandwiches as Art
      • Super Convenient Sandwiches
      • Popovers - The Next Sandwich Ingredient?
  • Sweet Treats
    • Classics Redefined
    • Luscious Layer Cakes Return
    • Puddings with Pizazz
    • Crisps, Cobblers and Other Baked Fruit Desserts
    • Petite Pies and Other Pleasing Permutations
    • Worldly Butter Cakes
      • Kouign Amann: Move Over, Macarons!
      • Ooey, Gooey Spreads Beyond Saint Louie
      • The British Are Coming!
    • Newly Fashioned Nostalgic Flavors
      • Butterscotch
      • Lemon & Lime
      • Pear
      • Corn
    • Ice Cream Indulgences

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