2022 Food and Beverage Trends

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2022 Food and Beverage Trends

Our goal is to be the go-to provider of herbs and spices for small businesses, and part of that is keeping track of the trends—what types of food and products do customers want? What are the flavors that will be in demand, and how can we help source those on-trend ingredients so you can continue to innovate and create?

Whole Foods Market consulted with their experts and have predicted the Top 10 Food and Beverage Trends for 2022. Take a look at their predictions here.

TRENDING BOTANICALS AND HOW TO USE THEM

Four of the top 10 Whole Foods Market 2022 predictions contain ingredients that we have in stock, most of which are sourced directly from farmers and growers.

WHOLE FOODS 2022 TREND #4: HIBISCUS

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Hibiscus has been trending as a flavor. Traditionally, the botanical has been used in tea. It has a sweet yet tart taste and gives liquids a beautiful deep pink color. The flavor mixes well with other fruits and spices like orange peel and cinnamon. More recently, beverage brands have been using Hibiscus to flavor seltzers, kombucha, and alcoholic beverages. Hibiscus is diverse—it’s a beautiful garden flower that attracts pollinators, but can be used in a variety of cooking and cosmetic applications.

Explore the origins, different uses, and powers of this flower including recipes and herbal pairings »

WHOLE FOODS 2022 TREND #5: ZERO ALCOHOL SPIRITS

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Juniper, coriander, and Licorice are common and conventional ingredients in spirits like gin, aperitifs, and bitters. Now, these same botanicals—and more non-traditional ones—are being used in zero alcohol spirits. Brands are using herbs and spices for the taste but also for their mood-altering qualities in place of alcohol.

Learn more about the origins and uses of the popular botanicals being used in ready-to-drink spirits and mocktails:

WHOLE FOODS 2022 TREND #9: FUNCTIONAL FIZZ

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We’ve also noticed the trend of drinks being more than just refreshing. Consumers are looking for beverages that can affect their mood, help digestion and overall health with the help of botanicals. Check out Beverages Say Hello To Botanicals for a list of brands who are leading the trend and some of the herbs and spices they are using for their creative concoctions.

WHOLE FOODS 2022 TREND #10: TURMERIC

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Turmeric is known for its bright yellow/orange color and the ingredient, curcumin which makes it a strong anti-inflammatory spice. It is a standard in Indian cuisine, but becoming quite popular in healthy tonics and the trendy turmeric lattes.

Find the history, benefits and uses both in culinary and cosmetics »

We’ve seen herbs and botanicals become more popular in mainstream products as people continue to pay more attention to ingredients and the power of plants for health and flavor. Reach out if we can help you source and herb or spice for your next great product.