Side Orders: How the experts at Whole Foods pick the year's top trends

Anne Braly

Food trends for 2019 are rolling in, with a number of analysts making predictions for what we will all be eating over the coming months. At Whole Foods Market, product developers and research-and-development technicians have been hard at work, coming up with what they believe will be the hottest culinary trends in the coming year.

And it takes more than shaking and asking the Magic 8 Ball to come up with answers.

"We look to internal and external resources for trends gathering," says Rachel Bukowski, product development team leader for Whole Foods. "Our regional teams and local foragers serve as in-the-field trend spotters, seeking out innovative products and interesting ingredients popping up either in their stores or on menus of trending restaurants in their communities."