Rockville, MD, May 29, 2012 -- Hot and spicy flavors are in the culinary spotlight and growing in broad appeal, according to the recently released Heat & Spice: Culinary Trend Mapping Report by market research publisher Packaged Facts and San Francisco-based strategic food and beverage agency CCD Innovation.
Heat and spice have been exciting palates for millennia, motivating explorers and merchants to circle the earth to discover new sources of seeds, roots, barks and fruit to turn into flavor enhancers. Spices have also had an important healthful role, lending their nutrients to medicinal brews and home kitchen remedies. Today, restaurant chefs and domestic cooks are seeking out these ingredients with fresh fervor to create full-flavored food, often based on authentic regional recipes that are budget-friendly and healthful to boot.
"Now more than ever heat and spice can play an upfront strategic role to differentiate familiar products or to attract specific consumer segments and demographics," says Kimberly Egan, CEO of CCD Innovation. "There are endless ways for restaurant operators and food manufacturers to mix and match flavorful ingredients to enhance the consumer experience and drive powerful innovation."
Heat & Spice: Culinary Trend Mapping Report situates the following flavor trends along CCD Innovation's proprietary five-stage Trend Mapping. Stage 1 signifies that a trend is just gaining traction among creative chefs and adventurous diners, while Stage 5 indicates complete absorption into the mainstream and presence on quick service menus and grocery store shelves.
The Culinary Trend Mapping Report is co-published by the CCD Innovation and Packaged Facts. Individual issues and annual subscriptions are available at www.packagedfacts.com/landing/culinarytrends.asp
About CCD Innovation -- CCD Innovation is a full-service food and beverage strategic innovation agency that successfully blends culinary creativity with consumer insights, trends and marketing expertise. Visit www.ccdinnovation.com or contact Kara Nielsen at (415) 693-8900 x110: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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