Trend Spotting

Cottage Cheese Reimagined

This project was created to demonstrate Culinary Visions’ unique ability to reimagine time-honored products with on-trend culinary ideas that appeal to modern consumers in a whole new way. The project explores the possibility that cottage cheese may be the next trendy food, similar to the rise in popularity of yogurt and hummus. Culinary Visions chefs created the recipe concepts that were tested with more than 1,800 consumers nationwide.

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Cannabis Products, 2019

The Cannabis Products project was created to reveal insights on the future of cannabis in the food industry by surveying 1,938 consumers. The study reflects Culinary Visions’ distinct ability to anticipate trends in foodservice. This report explores consumers’ interest in various cannabis-infused products and cannabis-related experiences, while also gauging consumer knowledge and motivations.

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Fresh Perspectives, 2018

The 2018 Fresh Perspectives Study examines existing consumer perceptions on what defines freshness when shopping for groceries, eating away from home and while on the go. In this study, 1,500 US consumers nationwide reported their opinions and purchasing motivations toward fresh food. Topics from The Fresh Perspectives Report include an analysis of fresh definition, fresh merchandising cues and the importance of convenience.

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Global Indulgence, 2018

The Global Indulgence Study examines various choices consumers make w hen eating desserts outside the home and what influences these choices. With 2,000 total survey respondents, data was collected from five countries: the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Germany. The study further provides a cross-country analysis of consumer behaviors and attitudes that reflect global differences in indulgence preferences.

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2019 Trend Forecast

Culinary Visions collected insights from culinary professionals, scoured more than a dozen trade conferences and surveyed over 5,000 consumers to learn about the foods and flavors most likely to captivate consumers this coming year. This year, the conversation was as much about the ingredients and those involved in bringing food to the table as it was about the meal itself. Using consumer studies, Culinary Visions found that consumers believe that food and beverage play a crucial role in their never-ending quest for healthy balance with a hectic lifestyle.

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Ethics On the Go, 2018

The Mindful Dining™ Initiative, an ongoing body of work from Culinary Visions, examines consumer attitudes towards ethics-based dining choices outside the home. In this study, over 1,500 US consumers were surveyed about their attitudes towards ethical eating choices that impacted their behavior for convenience and portable food purchases. Topics from the “Ethics On the Go” report include snacking, quality ingredients and natural foods.

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Mindful Dining, 2018

The 2018 Mindful Dining Study examines consumer attitudes towards ethics-based dining choices outside the home and is part of the Mindful Dining™ Initiative. In this study, over 1,500 US consumers were surveyed about their attitudes towards ethical eating choices that impacted their behavior for food purchase and dining decisions. The study, titled “Mindful Dining,” was published in March 2018. Topics include healthfulness, quality ingredients, natural foods and group dynamics.

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The Senior Food and Lifestyles Study, 2017

In 2017, the Culinary Visions team collected insight from 500 seniors across the United States regarding their experiences, dining expectations, tendencies and attitudes toward senior living communities, following up to their previous 2012 report. What emerged from this inquiry was an understanding of several trends driven by “new seniors” who have explored senior living options but are not currently living in senior communities.

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Food Market Culture Report, 2017

In Spring of 2017, the Culinary Visions team explored consumer attitudes towards experiential-based dining opportunities such as food halls, farmers markets, emporiums and arcades. The inspiration for this emerging market report was a recent study by Culinary Visions which found 85% of consumers saying they love to attend food focused events and food festivals. Whether permanent or pop up venues, food focused market style experiences are captivating consumers throughout the U.S. and abroad. This new study highlights how experiential dining concepts tap into consumers’ desire to explore, learn, sample and shop food.

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Global Dining Study: France, 2017

The Global Dining Study: France is the fifth study in the global dining series by the Culinary Visions. In 2017, the CV team explored over 1,000 consumers’ attitudes and behaviors related to meal choices at home, in the workplace and at restaurants throughout France. While French cuisine is often regarded as elegant and simple, French consumers and their appetite’s are more robust and complex. When compared to consumers surveyed in the U.S., results show that these food-savvy French consumers have differing opinions of where to eat and what drives their meal choices.

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Global Dining Study: Mexico, 2017

The Global Dining Study: Mexico is the third in the North American dining series by Culinary Visions. Launched in early 2017, the study explored over 1,000 consumers’ attitudes and behaviors related to meal choices at home, in the workplace and at restaurants throughout Mexico. When comparing to similar dining studies conducted in the United States and Canada, results show there are as many similarities as there are difference between Mexican consumers and their North American counterparts.

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The Deli Experience, 2017

In early 2017, Culinary Visions surveyed over 1,000 U.S. consumers to explore which
characteristics draw consumers to make certain food venues their destinations when dining at and away from home. Specifically, the Culinary Visions team wanted to identify aspects of shopping in the deli that make it unique, craveable and worth the visit. Results found that the deli has a unique ability to satisfy the modern consumer’s insatiable desire for food experiences. Whether it is offering new contemporary meals or time honored traditional ones, today’s deli has the opportunity to make any independent, convenience or grocery store a destination.

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