25 Years of Food Trends in the United States

As the saying goes, food trends may come and go, but banana bread is forever. OK, that's not really a saying. But it's true. At Allrecipes, we've been reflecting on the past 25 years of gastronomic trends, as we celebrate our 25th anniversary.

During this time, we've seen a variety of foods, ingredients, and cooking techniques capture the attention of American tastes. From cronuts to ube coladas, the food industry has been shaped by changes in consumer behavior and preferences. The demand for healthier foods and more ethical choices has been a major driver of food trends in the United States. Consumers are increasingly interested in knowing more about the foods they choose. Ube, a purple yam from the Philippines with a slight nut flavor and vanilla scent, is one example of an ingredient that has become popular in recent years.

It can be found in cakes, waffles, lattes, and even ube coladas. The growing popularity of food among the crowd is also evident in the continued growth of food served at community meetings. This trend is beneficial for both consumers and restaurants, as it makes it easier for people to get the food they want and helps restaurants reduce costs and reach more customers. A new generation of consumers is looking for food from companies that are actively healing the planet through sustainable agriculture and animal welfare policies. Avocado toast and zoodles are just two examples of popular food trends over the last 25 years since Allrecipes began. Plant-based foods are becoming increasingly popular due to their health benefits and sustainability. Food companies are investing in developing better alternatives to plant-based meat that are both delicious and nutritious.

On one in 10 occasions when an adult eats food within an hour after purchase, more than half of these foods come from a supermarket (Hartman, 201).

Joanne Wohlfahrt
Joanne Wohlfahrt

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