To say that hard cider has been making a comeback is an understatement. In the U.S. alone, the hard cider market has increased more than ten-fold in the past decade, with sales reaching $1.5 billion in 2017.
While cow’s milk is the most common type of milk used to make cheese, milk from other mammals is often used by artisan cheesemakers. About 75% of all specialty cheeses rely on cow’s milk only, according to the American Cheese Society. Goat (44%) is the next popular, followed by sheep (20%) and buffalo (3%).
Consumer eating trends have shifted away from three set meal times and toward snacking throughout the day, with 94 percent of Americans snacking at least once a day and Millennials, as a generation, choosing to snack as often as four or more times a day. Overall, snacking accounts for half of all eating occasions. With increased frequency of snacking comes growing demand for snacks that couple substantial nutritional value with convenience and a variety of appealing textures and powerhouse flavors that satisfy.
From roadside stands to fine dining, barbecue dishes are some of the hottest items on the menu. In fact, barbecue dishes are found on nearly 60 percent of all U.S. menus tracked by Chicago-based research firm Datassential, and they've seen 13 percent growth in quick service and midscale restaurant settings since 2005.
Retail flatbreads of all flavors reach $286 million in U.S. sales in 2014, according to data from Nielsen Scantrack, with pita bread the top seller. Americanized flatbreads and pizza crusts – not described as pita, nann or other ethnic descriptor – totaled $96.7 million in 2014 sales, but they're just the tip of the culinary iceberg.
The US is still seeing significant wine sales growth; it is the highest wine consuming country by volume, drinking 341.5 million nine-litre cases in 2016.This is expected to rise 4.9% by 2020, to 358.3 million cases, according to a report released this week by trade show Vinexpo and drinks research firm The IWSR.
Millennials drank around 159.6 million cases of wine last year , an amount that surpasses any other generation.This would amount to 42% of all wine drunk in 2015, and on average, millennials—those born between 1980 and the late 1990s—are downing around 3.1 glasses a sitting, according to a new report by the Wine Market Council, and as reported by Wine Spectator.