2014 Food Trends in the Twin Cities

Monday, February 10, 2014

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A recent food trend forecast recently released shares many interesting tidbits forecasted for the Twin Cities Food Market.
Do any of these ring true for you?

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Area Food Experts Predict Minnesotans Will Crave Healthier, Handheld, Local Fare 
with a Dash of Purple Pride
MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 3, 2014 — Cub® Foods, a trusted local resource for fresh, quality food, recently polled Minnesota-based chefs, culinary experts, food critics, bloggers and food enthusiasts for key food trend predictions for 2014. Continued growth in demand for local and organic foods, as well as a focus on healthier food choices, especially those for kids, are predicted to be among the top food trends this year.  When it comes to specific foods, look for ancient grains like quinoa, along with kale and other “superfoods” to find their way onto more plates in the months ahead.
The 2014 Cub Foods Food Trends Forecast also shows that Minnesotans will pay more attention to portion sizes, snacking more, rather than eating full meals. This trend will also serve to reshape dinner parties as hosts focus on offering a variety of healthier options and taste experiences, moving from traditional full-course meals to small-plate, tapas-style affairs.
“Food trends are great indicators of broader social trends in our community,” said Darren Caudill, vice president of merchandising and sales for Cub Foods. “Our firsthand view into the grocery shopping habits and food preferences of local consumers allows us not only to respond to but to anticipate their evolving needs and interests.”
Predictions for the 2014 Minnesota food scene include:
Local, Farm-to-Table and Organic. Fresh and local, as well as organic foods are among the most significant trends, as the desire for simple, more natural and locally sourced foods continues to grow.Demand for gluten-free options will also increase.
Handheld and Healthy. Handheld, transportable meals and snacks will take new shape as people will seek healthier items with quality ingredients that they can tote along with them. From portable breakfast foods to lunchbox-sized items to fun and nutritious snacks for the whole family, on-the-go is the way to go.
Purple Pride Veggies. Several experts cited increasing interest and demand for purple vegetables such as purple green beans and purple carrots. Perhaps a fresh start for the Minnesota Vikings this year is driving the increased interest in purple veggies?
On the Rise. Ancient grains, kale, superfoods and greens will appear in more dishes. In addition, businesses that specialize in making one type of food or drink (e.g., cheese, distilleries) will gain popularity. We’ll also see more whole animal (nose to tail) served.
BIY (Brew It Yourself) Projects. Homebrewing continues to take hold in the Twin Cities as more people seek neighborhood acclaim as its master brewer. Look for more home dinner parties centered around pairing homebrews with food.
Small Is the New Big. Look for smaller servings to start nudging out bigger portions. Snacking will emerge as a replacement to traditional meals, particularly at lunch. Small party foods also will be big. Instead of sit-down dinners, demand will grow for healthy, yet tasty alternatives to traditional party fare for tasting and sampling.
Self-preservation. The home also becomes a food factory as more people experiment with emerging preparation techniques such as quick pickling, canning and smoking.
Marvelously Multicultural. Latin and Spanish ingredients and dishes are expected to be popular choices in the Twin Cities this coming year. Of course, they will be organic and healthy and, perhaps, presented as a fusion with another cultural flavor.
What’s for Mealtime? For breakfast, we’ll eat more eggs, and for lunch, we’ll experiment with unique, gourmet, artisan sandwiches.  
About Cub Foods
Cub Foods offers customers the freshest produce, widest selection and food expertise throughout the store to meet their everyday grocery needs. In addition to innovative local, ethnic and organic food sections, Cub stores offer shoppers multiple in-store services including fresh bakery, full-service deli and meat departments, pharmacy and banking. Cub Foods, based in Stillwater, Minn., was established in 1968 as one of the nation’s first discount grocery stores. Cub was purchased in 1980 by SUPERVALU and currently operates 67 stores in Minnesota and Illinois. For company news and information, follow us on Twitter at @CubFoods and Facebook at www.facebook.com/Cub, or visit our website at cub.com.

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JC said...

Mine is to incorporate more fiber and produce into meals.
tcarolinep at gmail dot com.

Anonymous said...

Less wheat, more organic foods, avoid chemicals/GMOs. Amy (whatevercar@yahoo.com) :-)

Carissa said...

I plan to incorporate more vegetables into my family's diet.

Soupy said...

I want to buy more local and more organic- in fac,t have sporadically looked up local food share programs. I also NEED to incorporate more gluten-free, as my daughter is now GF

Courtney said...

Very interesting! Thanks for sharing this! #SITSBlogging

Karin said...

Been trying to eat more veggies-- I have even started drinking V-8. (My teen aged self would've been appalled!)

karin56381 (at) gmail.com

Buck said...

I want to try a newish recipe once a week so my kids stop eatin the same three things.

Buck said...

I want to try a newish recipe once a week so my kids stop eatin the same three things.

LutherLiz said...

All of it sounds delicious! Perhaps I am just hungry. I like learning about and trying new veggies right now though!

Kristin Wood said...

Love the info! Me? While always trying to incorporate more fresh veggies into my diet, I'm trying to stick with buying no more than 5 things each trip from the center of the store.

Brenda said...

I need to get better at meal planning. @delaneybk

Albert Maruggi said...

Ok I'm in - I shop the Cub on University avenue in Midway all the time. great produce selection and really fresh.

downtownjeff said...

Eat more jicama

Monika said...

I did really well with serving more variety in the Summer & Fall when I am growing my garden & when we receive CSA deliveries. I need to plan better to do the same over our long winters. I also need to use coupons more frequently. I save a ton when I consciously plan meals around using coupons.

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