Side Orders: Predicting the food trends for the new year

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Many of us might have spent New Year's Eve looking back over the past year, but today, it's time to look forward and see what's coming in the food world. And, no surprise, there are some interesting trends on the menu for 2020, according to Whole Foods, which, for the fifth year, has released its predictions. Interestingly, the National Restaurant Association is in wholehearted agreement with many of the predictions, such as the trend toward low-alcohol drinks and regenerative agriculture, as well as plant-based "meats."

Each year, more than 50 Whole Foods team members, including local foragers, regional and global buyers, and culinary experts, compile a report based on decades of experience and expertise in product sourcing, studying consumer preferences and participating in food- and wellness-industry exhibitions worldwide.

Having predicted a rise in foods and other products made with CBD products last year, it appears the team's expertise in forecasting is right on target.