THE NEWS: The Dec. 15 Los Angeles Times passed along some food trend predictions for 2010 from J. Walter Thompson: bacon in cocktails and ice cream; Fast food organic eateries; resurgence in wine cocktails; backlash on food health claims; and sardines are back.
WHAT IT MEANS: Chefs are messing with bacon but 99.9% of Americans will still eat their strips at breakfast and lunch. Organic/sustainable/local/healthy fast food outlets will be widespread within five years. Wine cocktails? Who really cares? And real, fresh (not canned) grilled or pan-fried sardines are indeed a taste delight and deserve to be more popular.
(For enhanced food trend information, see Eat In, Eat Out: a new business white paper on food, dining and beverage industry trends for 2010 and beyond. http://www.americanforecaster.com.)