Nostalgia, nutrition and global flavors are some of the themes in a new list of top food trends for this summer.
New product developers and chefs from Cincinnati-based retail giant Kroger’s Our Brands team chose six trends to watch in Summer ’18.
The trends — and Kroger products related to them — include:
- Better-for-you Snacking. Simple Truth Sparkling Coconut Water (Watermelon, Mango), Simple Truth Seltzer Waters (Orange Vanilla, Mango Grapefruit), Kroger Fizz & Co. Seltzers with a hint of classic cola flavors, Simple Truth Pack Bars (Peanut Butter, Cashew Cherry, Sea Salt), and Simple Truth Date Bars (Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Apple Cinnamon)
- Alcohol-infused Foods & Flavors. Private Selection Craft BBQ Sauces (Beer: Red Lager & Roasted Tomato, Dark Ale & Chipotle Pepper, Pale Ale & Mustard; and Spirits: Hot Huli Huli & Rum, Kentucky Bourbon), Private Selection Wine Infused Steak Sauces (Cabernet & Roasted Garlic, Bourbon & Balsamic), Brown Butter Bourbon Truffle Ice Cream, and Private Selection Bourbon Barrel Cola
- Global Tastes. Private Selection 24-Hour Marinated Jerky (Honey Harissa, Carne Asada, Kalbi-b-que, BBQ Bacon), Private Selection Wing Sauces (Ginger Scallion, Gochujang Honey Garlic, Chili, Hot Mandarin), Private Selection General Tso's Chicken Potato Chips, and Private Selection Imported Calabrese Salami & Marinated Peppers Artisan Stone Fired Pizza
- Go On and Get Nostalgic. Simple Truth Low Cow Lite Ice Cream (Birthday Cake), Kroger Deluxe Ice Cream (Sweet Cream Funnel Cake, Brookie – Brownie and Cookie, Honey Grahams N' Milk), Private Selection Mac & Cheese Sauces (Bacon & Aged Cheddar, Truffle & Aged Cheddar, Roasted Onion, Thyme & Gruyere, Roasted Poblano & Aged Cheddar), and Kroger Real Sugar Sodas (The Fizzicist, Cola Time, Orange Soda, Birch Beer, Root Beer, Ginger Ale)
- No Waste Meals and Cocktails
- Flex that Flexitarian Lifestyle during the Sunny Season. Simple Truth Meatless Patties and Crumbles, Simple Truth Coconutmilk Coffee Creamer, Simple Truth Instant Chia Oatmeal, Simple Truth Frozen Almond Ice Cream, Simple Truth Almond Milk Pudding, Simple Truth Meatless Stuffed Cutlets, Simple Truth Meatless Crispy Tenders