Friday, April 28, 2006
No. 1 Ethnic Food Of Choice
In the U.S...It's Italian.
Italian food is the most popular ethnic food in the United States, but Mexican food is gaining rapidly with a 10 percent surge of adults naming it their favorite, according to data published by the Institute of Food Technologists.
Here are some other interesting food trends:
· Four of 10 restaurant-chain chefs think portion size will be a new major trend. More than 3 in 10 expect comfort foods, such as meatloaf, macaroni and cheese or pot roast, to be a driver.
· No-fat and low-fat foods have slimmed to single-digit growth, but it's still a $32-billion segment--more than twice the size of the widely acclaimed organic foods category.
· Coffee is the No. 1 consumed breakfast food. Fully 53 percent of Americans begin their day with a cup of java. Now quick service restaurants are bringing designer brands to their menus.
· Vegetable consumption is falling by 2 percent, but fresh fruit is rebounding after 14 years in decline. Fresh fruit is the No. 1 snack of kids age 2 to 12.
Anyway, there are always even more interesting facts, stats, and basic info on the way we eat and why in Food Technology magazine. Interesting stuff.
Okay, that's all for now and I'm officially outta here for this week. Make it a great weekend, gang. Peace.