5 food trends that could be tops in 2019

food trends

Could kumquats be the it food of 2019? Possibly, if a new set of predictions from Sodexo is any indication.

Read on to see what other trends may take hold in the new year, according to Sodexo’s senior director of culinary innovation, Kevin Cecilio.

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Fermented foods

fermented foods

As consumers home in on functional foods for health, fermented items are seeing continued popularity growth, says Cecilio. Ones that might gain share on the menu include miso dressings, kefir, hot sauces and kombucha in cocktails.

Exotic citrus

meyer lemons

Fruits such as kumquats, yuzu, bergamot and meyer lemons will gain traction as they continue to be more accessible, Sodexo says.

Savory, lemon verbena and caraway flower

caraway flower

Sodexo predicts that this trio of herbs, which have a variety of uses, will become commonplace as we move into 2019.


brazil nuts

As paleo and keto diets continue to gain favor, so will nuts. Pecans, macadamia nuts and Brazil nuts may come into particular prominence, according to Sodexo.  


seeds as a snack

Seeds are seeing a surge everywhere from the snack bar to high-end restaurants, Cecilio says, noting that they are “a great option for people who have food sensitivities or those who maintain a vegan diet.”

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