2016 Top 20 Culinary Trends

The National Restaurant Association annually explores the top culinary trends for the coming year. Nearly 1,600 chefs were surveyed to forecast the hottest trends in foods, beverages and culinary themes.

While food trends come and go, 2016's biggest culinary trends come as no big surprise. Here are the top 20 culinary trends:

1. Locally sourced meats and seafood
2. Chef-driven fast-casual concepts

Tanota-Takoyaki-Main

FROZEN TANOTA TAKOYAKI [Item Number: 70101]

3. Locally grown produce
4. Hyper-local sourcing
5. Natural ingredients/minimally processed food
6. Environmental sustainability
7. Healthful kids’ meals
8. New cuts of meat

Beef-Tongue

Beef Tongue grilled over Binchotan Charcoal

FROZEN BEEF TONGUE | Item Number: 76800 | Package: About 11.5lbs (7pcs)

FROZEN BEEF TONGUE | Item Number: 76800 | Package: About 11.5lbs (7pcs)

9. Sustainable seafood
10. House-made/artisan ice cream

UJI MATCHA ICE CREAM [Item Number: 40587] | UJI GENMAI CHA ICE CREAM [Item Number: 40597] | UJI HOJI CHA ICE CREAM [Item Number: 40592]

UJI MATCHA ICE CREAM [Item Number: 40587] | UJI GENMAI CHA ICE CREAM [Item Number: 40597] | UJI HOJI CHA ICE CREAM [Item Number: 40592]

11. Ethnic condiments/spices

seasonings

1. BLUE YUZU KOSHO [30515] | 2. RED YUZU KOSHO [30273] | 3. FROZEN KIZAMI WASABI [30412] | 4. ARINA SANSHO [64103] | 5. MOMIJI OROSHI [30329] | 6. KANZURI [33514] | 7. BAINIKU [60823] | 8. GINZANJI HANAMO MISO [24370] | 9. HISHIHO MISO [20195]

12. Authentic ethnic cuisine

Soba

Soba is a cold buckwheat noodles typically served with dipping sauce and tempura

Oden3

Oden is an assortment of slow simmered foods in hot Dashi broth

13. Farm/estate branded items

Yobuko-Ika-Main

Kensaki Ika & Surume Ika from Yobuko, Saga Prefecture are highly prized delicacy in Japan

14. Artisan butchery
15. Ancient grains
16. Ethnic-inspired breakfast items

Japanese Breakfast

Traditional Japanese-style breakfast consists of steamed rice, miso soup, grilled fish and various side dishes.

17. Fresh/house-made sausage
18. House-made/artisan pickles

Pickles

1. HAJIKAMI [40123] | 2. NARA ZUKE [62193] | 3. RAKKYO ZUKE [60789]

19. Food waste reduction/management

Oboro-Konbu-Cup-Main-2

Reduce food waste with umami-packed edible Oboro Konbu Cups

20. Street food/food trucks