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Food Trends of 2016: Know What’s Cooking

By Joanne Ewell - Last updated on 01/18/2016

2015 has been an exciting time for food trends; the slider that grew more and more posh with each passing month, the almighty avocado, used for all sorts of yummy, Pinterest worthy recipes, unforgettable stir-fry meals, and the continued rise of fast-casual options.

But all good things come to an end, and as we approach the last couple of months of the year, we look ahead at the food trends to come. Here are some food concepts you may want to consider for your menu according to our gathered research.

Better Habits in 2016

As a “foodie” nation we have always taken notice of the need for better eating habits in the New Year. Though we may not be full out “going green”, we most certainly are headed for a change. According to National Restaurant Association, some trends include: locally grown produce, more natural ingredients, and less processed foods. That’s not all; we can also look forward to some straight up delectable food items, according to the source.

Veggies or Vegetables: No Matter How You Cook'em, They're a hit!

Millennials are eating larger vegetable portions and smaller meat portions in an effort to be kinder to the planet. Vegetable cuisine has become more hip as people are becoming more health conscious, and research shows that patrons even support health driven restaurants at a higher rate than other restaurants

Sliders Keep Growing

One trend that is here to stay in 2016 is the slider. Many restaurants have adopted these small sandwiches. You can find them on the menu at fast food establishments, like Arby’s, to dine in eateries, such as American Roadhouse in Atlanta, who have the crab cake slider. Yum! 

Teasing Palates with Spicy Foods

From events like International Hot and Spicy Food Day, Zest Fest 2016,  National Fiery Foods & BBQ Show , and Florida’s 10th annual Pinnellas Pepper Fest - all scheduled to take place early in the New Year, we are not surprised that fiery foods will dominate. Ethnic seasonings and spices have made their way into mainstream menu items, and the presence will show itself in the 2016!

Finally! ...Fried Chicken

Not that it ever went out of style in the first place, but fried chicken has a new and improved home in 2016. The Fried Chicken sandwich is said to be 2016’s go-to along with more chicken sandwich concepts according to Food World News.

Don’t Miss the Bus

Staying on top of food trends is a part of keeping your business on top. 2016 will prove to be a time for better food habits, more spice, and more chicken! What more can we ask for? 

Don’t leave us hanging - Let us know how you plan to implement these food trends into your menu in 2016 or tell us what we’ve missed!. We’d really like to hear which food trends you will miss most from 2015. Drop us a line on Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus