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Kroger Releases 10 Food Trend Predictions For 2022


The 2022 Food Trends Report, which predicts emerging food trends, consumer behaviors and popular items for the year ahead, has been released by The Cincinnati, Ohio-based Kroger Co. 

This fourth-annual report centers on the continued dominance of at-home meals, powered by convenience, affordability, social gatherings and the desire for sustainable and nutrient-rich food items.

Kroger’s 2022 Food Trends Report is curated by Kroger’s food experts – from Our Brands product developers to culinary specialists. The report contains 10 top trends that will influence consumer food purchases in 2022, while uncovering the “why” behind the trends. 

Overall, the trends can be broken down into emerging flavors, food item premiumization and behavior shifts, all of which paint a picture of what consumers are sourcing and the ways in which they are preparing food in 2022. 

The findings show that consumers continue to have an increased passion for home-prepared meals, an awareness of both their own health and the planet’s, and a desire to seek comfort through food, which directly correlates to what will be on shopping lists this year.

“Last year, even as many Americans returned to work and eased back into social gatherings, it became apparent that new habits were formed in 2020 and that they are here to stay – including cooking more at home. Customers are enjoying the convenience, affordability and just plain fun that comes from preparing meals at home,” said Stuart Aitken, Kroger’s SVP and chief merchant and marketing officer. 

“As at home meals remain a staple, Kroger is proud to provide customers with fresh food options that meet them where they are in the kitchen – whether that’s a fresh heat-and-eat meal on a busy school night or a four-course recreation from your favorite restaurant you’ve missed,” he said.

“Unlocking these trends allows us to prepare for the year ahead, adapt our offerings and innovate within Our Brands to ensure we continue to provide customers exactly what they need and want to delight themselves and their guests in 2022 and beyond,” said Juan De Paoli, VP of Our Brands

“At-home meals hold major significance for our customers, and we take the importance of supporting these moments very seriously. We’re excited to unveil new offerings in the year ahead that will add a wonderful – and tasty – touch to these gatherings,” he said.

Kroger’s top 10 trends for 2022

Check out the list below, as well as fresh recommendations for those looking to get a jumpstart on each trend:

Emerging Flavors

Umami – Asian cuisine has long understood how ingredients high in umami help elevate other ingredients and round out flavors in a dish, but umami is trending across new products, multicultural cuisines, traditional cooking and hybrid mash-ups. 

Products to try:

  • Private Selection Chile Crisp Condiment 
  • Private Selection Chile Crisp Sauce 
  • Private Selection Premium Truffle Butter 
  • Private Selection Sweet and Spicy Soy Chile Sauce 
  • Simple Truth Plant-Based Korean Style Meatless Meatballs 
  • Kroger Teriyaki Style Cook-in-Bag Pork Tenderloin 
  • Kroger Wild Mushroom Ravioli 
  • Private Selection Sweet and Savory California Tomato Jam


“Everything” is … everything – “Everything” seasoning is the trending flavor for 2022, as consumers top their meals with a savory touch. Be on the lookout for “everything” inspired foods from the bakery, to dips and even specialty cheeses to follow the trend. 

Products to try:

  • Simple Truth Everything Bagel Seasoning Blend 
  • Kroger Everything Bagel Sour Cream Dip & Spread 
  • Private Selection Everything Bagel Flavored Bacon 
  • Simple Truth Everything Bagel Seasoned Mashed Avocado 
  • Simple Truth Organic Everything Seasoning Keto Seed Cracker


Tastes of tequila – The biggest beverage taste of 2022 follows the umami trend – savory tequila. As consumers continue to host at home, tequila is a shareable spirit that opens the door to experimentation. With tons of mixes to explore and custom cocktails to create, consumers are using tequila as a base to delight guests with diverse palettes. 

Products to try:

  • Simple Truth Organic Cilantro Lime Jalapeno Margarita Mix 
  • Private Selection Bloody Mary Cocktail Mixer 
  • Simple Truth Organic Ginger Lime Mule Mix 
  • Simple Truth Tropical Turmeric Juice Cocktail 
  • Simple Truth Organic Paletas Caribbean Style Mix Frozen Fruit Bars 
  • Kroger Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice 
  • Big K Pineapple Passion Fruit Soda 
  • Private Selection Strawberry Mango Pineapple Blend Frozen Fruit 
  • Private Selection Tequila Serrano Beef Jerky


#TBT flavors – As consumers cook more at home, recipes from their childhood are delivering comfort and joy to people. Think of the nostalgic ’90s comeback, but apply it to meals.

Products to Try:

  • Kroger Deluxe Fluffer Nutter Ice Cream 
  • Kroger Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies 
  • Kroger Mini Pizza Bagels 
  • Kroger Pimento Cheese Spread 
  • Kroger Edible Cookie Dough 
  • Kroger Corn Dogs 
  • Simple Truth Organic Sour Cherry Fruit Chews 
  • Private Selection All Beef Hot Dogs

Item premiumization

PLANeT-based foods – Consumers continue to focus on the health of the planet, not just through plant-based foods, but also by reducing their waste impact with upcycled ingredients and more recyclable packaging. Plant-based foods are now being purchased for indulgence, comfort and nostalgia, rather than being solely known as the healthier choice for our bodies, while still helping consumers lower their carbon footprint. Customers can also recycle flexible plastic packaging from Kroger Our Brands products through a national partnership with TerraCycle.

Products to try:

  • Kroger Egg and Cheddar Croissant with Plant-Based Breakfast Patty 
  • Simple Truth Plant Based Cheesecake, Cupcakes, Mac and Cheese 
  • Simple Truth Plant-Based Baking Mixes made with upcycled Okara Flour Sugar Cookie, Chocolate Chip Cookie, and Dark Chocolate Brownie (coming soon) 
  • Simple Truth Non-Dairy Cheese Shreds, Slices 
  • Simple Truth-Kipster Carbon Neutral Eggs (launching in 2023)

Grocery glow up – Cooking at home isn’t just about convenience anymore; emulating restaurant and travel experiences at home with upleveled, “Instagram-able” meals is trending today. Consumers are raising the bar when recreating dining experiences at home and have been met with the premiumization of frozen food as well. 

Products to try:

  • Private Selection Duroc Baby Back Ribs, Bone in Pork Chop, Boneless Pork Chops 
  • Private Selection Macarons 
  • Simple Truth Grass-fed Beef Burgers, Beef Hot Dogs 
  • Simple Truth Organic Flavored Nitro Coffee 
  • Kroger Bavarian Pretzel 
  • Kroger Family Size Broccoli and Parmesan Sauce 
  • Private Selection Goat Cheese and Crispy Bacon Pinsa Crust Style Pizza 
  • Private Selection Ruby Chocolate Ice Cream Bar 
  • Simple Truth Organic Plant-Based Meals Kimchi Meatballs

Hyper-local – Consumers are more conscious about the environmental and social impacts of their purchases and are making it a point to purchase products grown or made close to home. Alternative farms have created a way to get locally sourced, natural ingredients at their peak freshness – so everyone can support and enjoy their local farms – and in-store bakery items are providing consumers a chance to support small businesses. 

Kroger launched Go Fresh and Local in 2021, which offers additional opportunities for fresh suppliers to become part of the organization’s supplier network. As part of Kroger’s Framework for Action: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plan, the organization is committed to increasing its spend with diverse suppliers to $10 billion by 2030 – after reaching $4.1 billion in spend in 2020, representing a 21 percent increase from the previous year. 

Behavior Shifts

Natural health & beauty – Consumers are seeking out natural products to increase beauty from the inside-out. Eating for beauty and medicine is trending with food and beverage products that have health and beauty-boosting benefits are trending in 2022, with examples including fermented kombuchas, collagen-rich bone broths, antioxidants, probiotics, reductions of sugar and additions of omega-3s.

Products to try:

  • Simple Truth Beauty Crate Avocado Coconut Papaya Bar Soap 
  • Simple Truth Beauty Crate Almond + Oatmeal + Honey Effervescent Bath Bombs 
  • Simple Truth Organic 2 percent Reduced Fat Milk with Omega-3s 
  • Simple Truth Organic Low-Sugar/Zero Sugar Kombucha 
  • Simple Truth Organic Tropical Turmeric No Sugar Added Juice 
  • Simple Truth Body Oil – Rosemary Mint and Coconut Papaya 
  • Private Selection Drinkable Chicken Bone Broths

Good enough to share – Whether you’re vegan, organic, gluten-free or otherwise, you can have your cake and share it, too. Foods for specific diets or eating styles taste so good when everyone can enjoy them and no one is left out of a great eating experience.

Products to try:

  • Kroger Family Size Migas Egg Bake 
  • Kroger Pork, Beef, Pepper Jack and Cheddar Party Tray 
  • Kroger Carbmaster Classic White Bread 
  • Simple Truth Plant-Based Cupcakes 
  • Simple Truth Vegan Grated Parmesan Cheese 
  • Private Selection Protein Pancake Mix – Toasted Coconut

All aboard charcuterie – Charcuterie has created a board craze, especially when it comes to breakfast and dessert. Boards have branched out beyond appetizers to offer consumers a variety of small portions to make the most out of every meal. As “boardies” start or end their day, breakfast and dessert boards open a world of flavors without the commitment to a single dish. 

Products to try:

  • Private Selection Dipped Cheesecake Bites 
  • Private Selection Caramelized Onion Burger Topper 
  • Kroger Mini Quiche Duo 
  • Home Chef Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Peppers Stuffed with Cream Cheese 
  • Bakery Fresh Goodness French Toast Fritters 
  • Bakery Fresh Goodness Loaf Cakes 
  • Murray’s Cheese Wild Blueberry Preserves 
  • Simple Truth Almond Butter Filled Pretzels

For more information, visit thekrogerco.com/newsroom.

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