Whole Foods Market’s Trends Council unveiled their top 10 anticipated food trends for 2023 in the retailer’s eighth-annual Trends predictions. Yaupon-infused beverages, produce packed pastas, repurposed pulp, and climate-conscious callouts are among the food trends expected to rise in popularity in the next year.
Each year, the Trends Council—a collective of more than 50 Whole Foods Market team members, including local foragers, regional and global buyers, and culinary experts—compile trend predictions based on decades of experience and expertise in product sourcing and studying consumer preferences, as well as in-depth workshopping with emerging and existing brands.
Whole Foods Market is also bringing back the Trends Discovery Box, a curated assortment of 10 products to represent each of the 10 trends in the forecast. The boxes, available for $30 (estimated value at over $50) allow consumers the chance to taste all the trends at once. Boxes are currently on sale and are available for a limited time only at wholefoodsmarkettrendsbox.com.
“Our trends predictions are an exciting look at where we believe both product innovation and customer preferences are headed in the coming year. We anticipate seeing these trends in the food industry at large, on dinner tables, in lunch boxes, and on our store shelves,” said Sonya Gafsi Oblisk, chief marketing officer at Whole Foods Market. “We’re thrilled to see things like baked goods with upcycled pulp from plant-based milks and ingredients like farmed kelp continue to gain popularity. From product labels that include sustainability efforts to poultry and egg suppliers that are leading the way in animal welfare, many of this year's trends predictions showcase brands on a mission to make a true impact. We look forward to watching these trends come to life in our aisles in 2023.”
Whole Foods Market’s top 10 food trend predictions for 2023:
- New Brew: Yaupon
Pulp with Purpose: One in three consumers uses a nondairy milk alternative at least once a week according to a recent poll from Morning Consult. But what about the often-wasted by-products of their production? TikTok creators are exploring ways to use leftover nut and oat pulp at home, and we’re now seeing an influx of brands begin to innovate in the space too. By upcycling by-products like oat, soy and almond pulp, brands are creating new products for the modern baker—think alternative flours, baking mixes, and ready-to-eat sweets.
- Try the Trends: Whole Foods Market Gluten Free Baking Mixes (made with Okara flour): Dark Chocolate Brownie, Almond Coconut Sugar Cake, Orange Olive Oil Cake; Renewal Mill: Oat Milk Flour, Oat Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix. Whole Foods Market bakeries nationwide will launch upcycled oatmeal chocolate chip cookies using oats from oatmilk production in spring 2023.
- Produce Meets Pasta
The Great Date: In spring 2022, dates went viral on TikTok when a creator shared a Snickers-like recipe using the fruit. But the craze for dates isn’t new—they’ve been cultivated and enjoyed since the days of ancient Mesopotamia. Now, thousands of years later, the dehydrated fruit often referred to as “nature’s candy” is having a major renaissance as a sweetener—not only for at-home bakers, but also in the form of pastes and syrups, and hidden in everything from ketchup to overnight oats. With a classic caramel note we can all get behind, dates are having their moment.
- Try the Trends: Just Date Syrup; Let’s Date Organic Date Sugar (available at Whole Foods in SP region); MUSH Overnight Oats: Vanilla Bean, Dark Chocolate, Coffee Coconut, Peanut Butter Swirl; Good Food For Good: Organic Classic Ketchup, Organic Classic BBQ Sauce; Yellowbird Organic Hot Sauce: Habanero, Serrano, Sriracha, Ghost Pepper; Date Cardamom Latte (available at Whole Foods Market coffee bar this holiday season); 365 by Whole Foods Market: Chewy Protein Bites Coconut & Macadamia, Cinnamon & Apple; Maxine's Heavenly Cookies: Chocolate Chunk, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip; Cerebelly Smart Bars: Carrot Raisin, Apple Kale, Strawberry Beet, Blueberry Banana Sweet Potato; Pop & Bottle: Vanilla Oat Milk Latte, Mocha Oat Milk Latte, Thai Tea Almond Latte, Matcha Green Tea Almond Latte, Cacao Almond Latte.
- A Poultry Revolution
- Help From Kelp
Climate-Conscious Callouts: Climate consciousness is more relevant than ever, and as a result, brands are working to improve the impact of food and beverage production. Across aisles, products are taking to their labels to talk about sustainability efforts in a time when consumers expect brands and retailers to do more related to carbon and climate. Whole Foods Market has a team of experts who take the lead on setting rigorous Quality Standards, providing guidance around this ever-evolving topic to help customers have confidence in what they see on product labels.
- Try the Trends: Moonshot Snacks: Sourdough Sea Salt Crackers, Rosemary Garlic Crackers, Margherita Pizza Crackers (available only in Northern California region); Neutral: Carbon Neutral Organic Whole Milk, Carbon Neutral Organic 2% Milk; Field Roast: Miniature Corn Dogs, Buffalo Wings; Natreve: Vegan Protein Powder French Vanilla Wafer Sundae, Vegan Protein Powder Fudge Brownie, Vegan Protein Powder Strawberry Shortcake; Bonterra Organic Estates: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé.
Retro Remix: Mac and cheese, pizza bites, classic old-school cereals and more—we all crave the occasional comfort of a meal from our childhood. According to Mintel Global Consumer research, 73% of U.S. consumers enjoy things that remind them of their past, setting the stage for these nostalgic treats to go mainstream. The twist? Retro products are being reinvented with consideration for the wellness-conscious customer, creating the ultimate mash-up of throwback indulgences with better ingredients and special diets in mind.
- Try the Trends: GOODLES: Cheddy Mac, Vegan is Believin’, Twist My Parm; poppi Prebiotic Soda: Classic Cola, Root Beer; Feel Good Foods Mac & Cheese Bites; Three Wishes Cereal: Frosted, Fruity, Cinnamon, Honey; Simple Mills: Cocoa Cashew Crème Nut Butter Stuffed Sandwich Cookies, Creamy Peanut Butter Nut Butter Stuffed Sandwich Cookies (launching in February 2023); 365 by Whole Foods Market: S’mores Granola, Birthday Blondie Almondmilk Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert; Milk Bar: Fruity Cereal Cookies, Confetti Cookies; Annie’s Homegrown: Three Cheese Pizza Poppers, Mini Pizza Bagels. Vegan Macaroni and Cheese can be found in Whole Foods' Fresh Pack section in all stores.
- Only the Finest for Fido
Avocado Oil Craze: A staple on shelves for years, avocado oil is finally going mainstream in packaged products across the board. It has some big positive attributes—including high oleic fatty acid content and a high smoke point—to thank for its popularity. Taking the place of other oils like canola and safflower oil in snacks, mayonnaise, ready-to-eat meals, and more, avocado oil is sure to stick around.
- Try the Trends: Boulder Canyon Potato Chips: Classic Sea Salt, Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper, 6 ct Classic Sea Salt Multipack, Thin & Crispy Sea Salt, Thin & Crispy Cheddar Sour Cream, Thin & Crispy Jalapeño, and Boulder Batch Seasonal Flavors; Siete Foods: Grain Free Tortilla Chips (Sea Salt, Lime, Nacho), Potato Chips (Fuego, Queso, Chipotle BBQ); gimMe Seaweed Snacks Sea Salt & Avocado Oil.