Among the Coronavirus pandemic's many economic victims is the food industry. As is too often the case, the most suffering is borne by the small artisan food producers and the restaurants they supply.
These same producers serving high end restaurants throughout the U.S. also grow, catch, forage, raise and produce the incredible foods available at To-Table.com.
Food selections, preparation, and production must now address the new generations' requirement that personal and environmental health drive purchasing decisions above historically more important characteristics such as price, tradition or abundant availability. Food now must be:
- More Functional
- Sustainably produced
And , of course, there are the quirky movements in taste, like fashion, which drift on and off the food scene with little evident reason. These are the trends which provide interesting diversions and changes. But the more dramatic shifts based on how foods affect us and the planet in a time of fears from climate change should last several years or decades.
Here are the trends that To-Table forecasts dominating (along with a few of the quirky new tastes that come and go) in 2020:
Millennials generally get a bad rap about many behaviors at work and play, but I think we all can learn some good tips that are emerging from how the time-pressed, frugal millennial prefer to entertain. Several years ago, Millennials were less likely to eat at home either for entertaining or day to day meals. Read more!
Current prices on a frozen turkey, that could be a year old, are less than $1.38 today - in some places less than a $1.00. That got our farmer doing some math. He ran some numbers on a flock of 50 turkeys (this is 4 years ago). He determined that, before any labor or indirect expenses ( and important direct expenses like shipping and flock shrinkage), a conventional turkey cost $2.71 per pound and a heritage turkey cost $4.03 per pound.
What is American Food? If you asked almost anyone, they would say hot dogs, hamburgers, fried chicken, American cheese, and the list goes on. But in reality, American cooking is very diverse and can be seen as a reflection of our nation’s diversity - The "melting pot". Learn more!
Research concludes that this happiness from strong social connections is a vital contributor to good health and longevity. Read more to learn about this study and discover how your next dinner party can be the connection everyone needs!
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