Food trends

This article was originally published in March 2012

The consumer research firm, The Hartman Group, based in Bellevue, released findings on recent “food culture
trends.” Some key findings are:

  • Consumers increasingly are looking for non-GMO claims on packages.
  • More than 80 percent of consumers say they’ve been very careful about what they spend on food during the
    recession but still seek out fresh, quality, sustainable ingredients.
  • Snacking accounts for nearly half of all eating — and adults snack just as often as kids.
  • Chickpeas and mayonnaise were among the fastest growing ingredient searches, while scallops and phyllo
    were among the fastest declining.
  • More than one-third of home cooks report eating less meat compared with the year before. The top reasons
    cited are the desire to eat healthier, to enjoy meatless dishes, cost savings, and environmental concerns.
  • Trending in:
    Less processed, more whole foods
    Real butter
    Grass-fed meat and dairy
    Coconut oil
    Palm sugar
    Cheaper (whole-animal) butcher cuts
    Local superfruits (blueberries, cherries)
    Herbs and botanical ingredients (dandelion, licorice root, etc.)
    Greens from land and sea (kale, seaweed)
    Cold-brewed coffee
  • Trending out:
    Low-fat diets
    Processed soy protein
    Canola oil
    Brown rice
    “Naturally raised” meat
    Yogurt with added sugar
    Exotic “superfruits”
    Very sweet beverages

Also in this issue

Letters to the editor, March 2012

Labor Rights, Worker Unions; Body Care Standards; Paleolithic Diets; and more

Light affects nutrients

Researchers have found that exposure to light affects the nutrients of fruits and vegetables.

Coffee rediscovered

All coffee at PCC is organic, fairly traded, shade-grown, and Northwest-roasted. We’re excited to share the great quality of our brew and we’d love you to try it — stop by our coffee bars for a small drip coffee for just 50 cents all month! If you make your own at home, try any of these six brands, in packages or bulk.