Wellness, nostalgia, flavor, necessity, and sustainability will impact food choices – IFIC forecasts food trends for 2022.

The International Food Information Council (IFIC) based in Washington has forecasted likely food trends for 2022. Identifying food culture and lifestyle International Food Information Council has made it known that nostalgia, sustainability, and e-commerce will continue to thrive in 2022.

However, wellness, nostalgia, flavor, necessity, and sustainability will also impact food choices. As nostalgic consumers will remember the 1990s in 2022. As the Food Network will feature programs with simple, no-fuss home cooking in 2022.

The International Food Information Council identified food insecurity and exotic flavors will be topics of note, and terms like kokumi, “reducetarian” and COP26. The report stated that the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference (“COP26”) will contribute to sustainable purchasing attitudes in the coming year. And environmental sustainability as a consumer value will help fuel new eating patterns like “reducetarian,” “climatarian” and low-carbon. 

Policymakers will give more attention to issues like federal feeding programs and health and nutrition disparities after COVID-19 revealed the state of food insecurity and the links between comorbidities and susceptibility to the virus. Consumers in the city will turn to urban farming and “vertical agriculture” in their efforts to promote sustainability, nutrition, and food security. The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) will advance sustainable purchasing attitudes. New eating patterns such as “reducetarian,” “climatarian” and low-carbon will emerge.

More businesses will turn to ghost kitchens and pop-up locations. Adoption of technologies like QR codes for menus will increase as will self-service kiosks at restaurants. E-commerce and direct-to-consumer sales will increase their presence in the food system.

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