Sourcing, Sustainability And Nutrition Top NRA 2015 Food Trends List

The National Restaurant Association today announced its What’s Hot Culinary Forecast. The forecast includes results from the NRA survey of nearly 1,300 professional chefs, members of the American Culinary Federation, to find which foods, cuisines, beverages and culinary themes will be hot on restaurant menus in 2015.

According to the results, the following are the top 10 food trends for the coming year:

1. Locally sourced meats and seafood
2. Locally grown produce
3. Environmental sustainability
4. Healthful kids’ meals
5. Natural ingredients/minimally processed food
6. New cuts of meat
7. Hyper-local sourcing
8. Sustainable seafood
9. Food waste reduction/management
10. Farm/estate branded items

According to Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of research for the National Restaurant Association, these trends reflect wider lifestyle choices for many Americans in other aspects of their lives that also translate into the food space. 

“As consumers today increasingly incorporate restaurants into their daily lives, they want to be able to follow their personal preferences and philosophies no matter where or how they choose to dine,” he said. “So, it’s only natural that culinary themes like local sourcing, sustainability and nutrition top our list of menu trends for 2015.”

The survey also predicted what will be top beverage trends in the coming year:

1. Micro-distilled/artisan spirits
2. Locally produced beer/wine/spirits
3. “New Make” whiskey
4. Food-beer pairings
5. House-brewed beer

The full results of the survey can be found here: Restaurant.org/FoodTrends.