Whether they're healthy snacks to go or fresh ingredients to cook at home, consumer food trends determine the reality of retailers. Concern about food was also reflected in the IFIC data, which revealed that 28% of people are concerned about being able to afford enough food for their homes in the new year. For consumers like these, the goal is to counter the rise of fast lifestyles, support local food and combat people's declining interest in where food comes from. Sales of plant-based foods and beverages are booming, thanks to the growing desire of consumers for healthier food options, with sugar among the main ingredients.
The growing demand for precooked foods gives formulators an increasing opportunity to innovate consumer trends with a simple, portable solution that consumers can enjoy anytime, anywhere. Specifically, 18% said they are looking for foods that strengthen their immune system, 16% want foods designed to provide health benefits and 11% opt more for alternatives to dairy and meat, according to the IFIC. Almond and almond-based ingredients offer the versatility and ability to be formulated within numerous trends in precooked foods and beverages.