McCormick releases Flavor of the Year in 23rd Edition of the Flavor Forecast

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McCormick, known for their spices in the iconic red tops, has released their 23rd Edition of the Flavor Forecast, the brand's annual report on the latest culinary trends shaping the way millions of consumers prepare and enjoy food worldwide.

Their culinary team has announced its first-ever Flavor of the Year: Vietnamese x Cajun Style Seasoning.

With influences in French cuisine, and a prominence of heat throughout, the Flavor of the Year seamlessly ties into all three trends as a bright, complex reflection of the transformation and innovation in food and flavor taking place on a global level.
Flavor of the Year, Vietnamese & Cajun StylePhoto byMcCormick & Co.

The Flavor Forecast, this year consisting of nearly four dozen global chefs, culinary professionals, trend trackers, food technologists, have collaborated to bring the latest and greatest trends happening in the culinary world.

"This year, McCormick is rolling out its most intriguing Flavor Forecast report yet, unveiling key trends that will shape the way that consumers prepare and enjoy foods for the next year," said Kevan Vetter, Executive Chef, Senior Director of Culinary for McCormick. "With the inaugural Flavor of the Year, Vietnamese x Cajun Style Seasoning, McCormick is demonstrating the culinary masterpiece that emerges when cuisines are combined. Through our activation in the Metaverse and tasting event, in partnership with Smashburger, we're excited to bring these flavorful concoctions to consumers."

These are the highlights from the Flavor Forecast report:

  • Full Flavored Fats: No longer misunderstood, consumers and chefs alike are now using fat, from butters to oils, to impart mouthwatering flavor and creaminess into everyday dishes and drinks, which offer a simple, comforting richness to the kitchen and a more balanced approach to eating.
  • Everyday French: Grounded in the techniques and ingredients of French cooking, but democratized for today's kitchen, French cuisine has never been more approachable while using the best ingredients and culinary techniques to build a harmony of flavors and lay the foundations for food and beverage to come.
  • Beyond Heat: We've witnessed an exciting evolution to this new, multi-sensorial, layered taste experience that pushes beyond the singularly spicy realm where heat and ingredient pairings come together to shape how heat is perceived and how long it lingers and finishes.


Sources include:

//McCormick & Company Inc, 12/06/2022, McCormick® Releases Flavor Forecast® 23rd Edition Including Inaugural Flavor of the Year and "House of Flavor by McCormick" Experience in the Metaverse, [Press Release]

//McCormick's Flavor Forecast 23rd Edition

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