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the lentil/spinach and tomato blend, and also in Café Spice's Chicken
Tikka Masala and several other signature dishes.
Stern says that turmeric and cumin -key elements of curry powders
-have seen continued popularity in the U.S., and that other popular
Indian spices such as cardamom and coriander are also predicted
to gain more traction in 2018. Curries are among the top growing
spices and seasonings being shipped to independent restaurants and
commercial and non-commercial foodservice outlets, as that market
grew by 11 percent last year, according to McLynn. Stern says that the
Michelin Guide and Whole Foods both predict that a focus on authentic
global flavors will be a culinary trend in 2018, which aligns closely with
key components of Indian cuisine and indicates that there is opportunity for Indian foods to continue to gain favor as Americans continue to
diversify their tastes.
Although the U.S. is still very much a country of meat eaters, Seifer
says that the NPD Group is seeing a new trend of consumers wanting
options other than meat for their protein. While acknowledging that
this trend is relatively small in comparison to meat consumption, the
NPD Group has on its radar the consumption of alternatives such as
plant based protein. According to Seifer, approximately 25 per year,
the average American will have a plant-based alternative at mealtime.
Stern also notes the growing popularity of vegetarian, vegan, and
plant-based diets. Stern says sales of plant-based foods increased by 8.1
percent last year to $3.1 billion, according to Nielsen research.
DLM's Walters says the retailer has several vegan and vegetarian entrée
and side options available in its prepared foods line. She says that the
trend towards using cauliflower is particularly strong, and that one of
DLM's newest prepared food items is a cauliflower "rice" dish with an
Indian flavor profile. Also available seasonally from DLM is a grilled
cauliflower steak and an oven roasted broccoli and cauliflower mix.
There's also a steamed broccoli dish with gremolata.
Similarly, two of Café Spice's new dishes introduced this year-Bombay
Dal Palak with Basmati Saffron Rice and Aloo Gobhi Curry with
Basmati Saffron Rice-are vegan. Stern says bowls that feature proteinpacked plant-based ingredients such as lentils and chickpeas have
become particularly popular as healthy "to-go" options.
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