Nostalgic Flavors, Alcohol Infusions Top Kroger’s Summer Food Trends

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Cincinnati — Bourbon-infused colas, nostalgic ice cream flavors and better-for-you options using plant-based proteins are among the top summer 2018 food trends predicted by The Kroger Co.‘s Our Brands new product developers, chefs and innovators.

1. Better-for-you Snacking

Consider the bar raised for on-the-go summer snacking from snack bars to fun twists on seltzers to sparkling coconut water that is hydrating on its own, and quintessentially summer when used as a cocktail mixer.

2. Alcohol-Infused Foods & Flavors

The rise in craft brewing has inspired unique flavor combinations, and the popular trend has influenced culinary creations with spirits and wine — from wine-infused steak sauce to bourbon-infused cola.

3. Global Tastes

Innovations abound with flavors from around the world celebrating America’s global heritage, including Korean-inspired spices to African Peri Peri sauces.

4. Go On, Get Nostalgic

Think cherished memories of childhood favorites, reinvented into creations for grown-up enjoyment, from mac & cheese sauces and twists on pimento cheese to retro and creative ice cream and old school soda pop flavors.

5. No Waste Meals and Cocktails

Consumers are seeking tips on how to reduce food waste including getting creative with leftovers, meal planning to buy only what they need, storing food properly to extend freshness, and repurposing ingredients for inventive dishes and cocktails.

6. Flex that Flexitarian Lifestyle

Flexitarian practices are on the rise, with some choosing to follow a mostly vegetarian lifestyle, but occasionally enjoying dairy, meat, fish or poultry. Today’s dairy- and meat-free alternatives provide options.