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2007 Food Trends – 2008 Food Predictions

December 20, 2007 | By More

Curious about food trends in 2007? Or the shape of things to come in 2008? Here’s a roundup of 2007 food trends and 2008 food predictions [surely is included :)].

2007 prediction: Food television will be dominated by reality-style shows.

2007 reality: The news that Emeril Lagasse’s long-running “Emeril Live” is being canceled by the Food Network is yet more evidence that the behind-the-stove format of food TV is going away.

2008 prediction: Food television, especially on the Food Network, will become increasingly entertainment driven, while old school channels such as PBS will cater more to the how-to-chop-an-onion crowd.

2007 prediction: The nation is overdue for a diet fad. It’s been a while since carbs were demonized, and Americans are hungry for a get-thin-fast plan.

2007 reality: Common sense won out. The grapefruit diet didn’t make a comeback and there was no overwhelming successor to Atkins.

2008 prediction: Common sense did not, however, convince most Americans to cut calories. Obesity remains a major concern and it’s only a matter of time before a quick-fix diet plan grabs headlines again.

2007 prediction: The natural foods industry will grow, as will the harder-to-define local foods movement.

2007 reality: They appear to keep growing. In 2006 (the latest year for which data are available), organic food sales totaled nearly $17 billion, or about 3 percent of all sales. That’s up from less than 2 percent in 2003.

2008 prediction: The local foods movement is now all but hardwired into the restaurant scene, and signs pimping local products are showing up even at mainstream grocery chains. Look for these trends to be redefined by major corporations unwilling to cede market share to small-time players.


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