The Amazon-owned grocer predicts the types of sauces and spreads that will be a hit this season
Canadian Grocer staff
Summer is here, customers are firing up the grill and, according to Whole FoodsMarket, taking their dishes to new heights.
For the second summer, the Amazon-owned grocer is predicting which food and beverage trends will dominate barbecues and picnics this season.
After naming the top five plant-based trends for summer last year, Whole Foods has turned its focus to condiments for summer 2022, and the timing couldn't be better.
According to Mintel, sales for the condiment, marinade and dressing category are expected to hit US$2.9 billion by 2024, showing growth of more than 5% since 2020.
In a press release, Rachel Bukowski, Whole Foods' senior team leader of R&D for exclusive brands, said customers were experimenting with condiments and turning to elevated versions of traditional classics.
“Going forward, we expect to see the continued innovation in condiments for special diets like vegan, keto-friendly, low sugar and low-sodium options, as well as globally inspired condiments with distinct cultural stories,” said Bukowski.
Here’s a look at the top five condiment trends for summer:
BBQ goes global. From Japan to Tel Aviv, internationally inspired barbecue sauces, spices and marinades to take dishes to the next level.
From ancho to árbol and puya to cayenne, these chilis are spicing up sauces, pastes, oils and even honey.
Ketchup and mustard mastered. New ketchups and mustards include fruit-and-veggie add-ins and cuisine-specific flavour profiles like curry and saffron
Fermented and flourishing. Ingredients such as miso, kimchi and fermented garlic are giving vinaigrettes, hot sauces, honeys and mayos a boost.
Revved-up ranch. The popular dressing has evolved with vegan and special-diet picks and even ones made with oatmilk.