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Food Channel’s Top 10 Trends Cover all the Bases

April 16, 2009: 01:48 PM EST
The Food Channel has picked its 10 top trends for 2009, working with the World Thought Bank and the International Food Futurists. Home cooking, particularly “slow and unattended”, tops the list, followed by food “communities”, both online and including a return to functions such as potluck dinners and cooperative buying. Green and fair trade considerations round out the top three. Consistent with these themes are eating locally at number four and too much information on labels and more use of “gluten free” claims at five. Sixth spot goes to more bioengineered and genetically modified foods, seemingly at odds with the clean, green and home-based trends topping the list. An increase in “food philanthropy” at seven and concerns over food security (eight) return to the “caring” theme of the top five. Ninth spot goes to a widening gap between “luxury beverages” and a “daily fix” of a favorite but cheaper brew, with globalization and variety sitting at 10, seemingly at odds with the higher-placed eat-local theme. As an outside runner, look for “underground” restaurants, promoted by word of mouth and possibly also on the move, based in trailers.
"The Food Channel's Top Ten Trends for 2009", The Food Channel® , April 16, 2009, © Food Channel, LLC
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