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2018 Food Predictions

System Admin January 1
Food Predictions 2018

At your Food Co-op we think about food more than the average food lover. We kind of obsess over it. But it is our job to stay ahead of the trends so you can count on us for the best stuff around!

Each year, I like to survey our buyers and chefs to see what food trends they predict will hit it big in the coming year – and here they are!

New Pi Purchasing Manager Linda Fritz-Murphy:

  • Fermented foods keep going – exotic krauts, craft cocktails featuring kombucha, and snack products with fermented flavors like krauts or kimchi (below)
  • Adaptogens (mood boosting/altering herbs) added to drinks, snacks, etc. They might prompt you to wonder, “Was the cookie that good – or was it the ashwagandha?”
  • Food in bowls – Poke Bowls, Buddha Bowls (example below!), etc.

New Pi General Manager Matt Hartz:

  • Gochujang hits it big in 2018. (Look for this sweet & spicy fermented chili paste condiment to arrive on our shelves after the New Year.)
  • New Pi Wellness Coordinator Michelle McClintick:
  • Ketogenic supplements, like keto pills and powders, as well as keto engineered foods.

Head Chef Anthony Walsh:

Koji (the fungi responsible for miso, soy, & black bean paste) – and home koji kits.

Center Store Coordinator Alex Gassman:

  • Mushroom Coffee/Tea, for its healing properties
  • Plant Based Foods
  • Collagen
  • Bone Broth
  • Even More Local (We hang our hat on our local offerings, so here’s hoping for even stronger love for local!) [LINK TO MEET THE LOCALS PAGE]
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Allie worked on organic farms in Italy and Sweden through WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms), received her BA in English at Grinnell College, and studied the arts in London and Florence, eating her way across Europe and Scandinavia. Returning home to Iowa, she loved working at Grinnell Heritage Farm with her now-husband as their first farm interns, then moved to Iowa City to work at your local, independent cooperative grocery! She helped coordinate New Pi events and edited the Co-op's local food magazine and blog for eight years. She bakes tarts for Iowa City’s Farmers’ Market, covers communications for the International Writing Program, and volunteers on the Board for Table to Table food rescue.