Food Trends to Look Out for in 2023

Seltzer by the pool
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The beginning of the year is an exciting time as endless possibilities hang in the air. It is also a time for food experts to predict what we are likely to be serving on our plates over the next 12 months. The National Restaurant Association and American Culinary Federation surveyed 500 professionals in the food industry about what to look out for in 2023.

Alternative Sweeteners

Sugar has become somewhat of a pariah during the last few years. Although natural, the ingredient has been linked to heart disease and Alzheimer’s, with many people attempting to cut it out of their diets. But, like milk, alternatives to sugar have cropped up. Expect to see more maple sugar and coconut sugar this year.


Believe it or not, carbonated water has been around for more than 250 years. While it was often added to alcoholic beverages to give them a little extra pzazz, seltzers have stepped up to become the alcoholic beverage themselves. White Claw is currently the most popular brand of hard seltzer, but keep an eye out for others over the next twelve months.

Chicken Sandwiches

It might be a somewhat random choice, but chicken sandwiches are expected to have a glow-up in 2023. Think fried sandwiches, sweet-heat fusion flavors, and lots of spice.