Tillamook Country Creamery Association Experts Predict the Yum: 2024 Dairy Trends Round-Up December 12, 2023

Tillamook Country Creamery Association Experts Predict the Yum: 2024 Dairy Trends Round-Up

Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) and its bench of dairy experts announced their anticipated dairy trends for 2024 in the cooperative’s first-ever dairy trends round-up. Here are the top five dairy trends from Tillamook’s “Predict the Yum” Trends Taskforce:

Trend #1: The Cheddar Plunge
We’ve all heard of the cold plunge, but the next trend in dairy will be the cheddar plunge. With shoppers relying more and more on grocery delivery, people are buying one type of cheese and serving it up in a variety of different ways. Soaking a sharp cheddar in wine, shrub or ale completely changes the cheese experience, bringing an unexpected flavor that no one should be missing out on.

Trend #2: Cheese, Spice and Everything Nice
Move over cheeseboard staples. Spices are where it’s at when it comes to exploring new cheese pairings. Think bold, spicy flavors with a global influence to make amazing cheddar all the better. People are looking for ingredients that can transport them from the ordinary flavors of everyday to replicate an exotic flavor experience typically found abroad. According to Google Trends, these craveworthy flavors are searched for most in New York and California.

Trend #3: Amaro, Amazing
Like many of us, cheese loves an amazing beverage. Enter amaro. Amaro has grown +21 percent in social discussions over the past year1 and according to our experts, cheese + amaro = pairing perfection! Amaro, the name for a wide variety of herb-infused Italian liqueurs, is typically served at the end of a meal as a digestif. Since a multicourse feast is often finished with a cheese course, cheese and amaro make a natural end-of-meal combination.2

Trend #4: Burgers, Burgers and More Burgers
According to burgerweb.com and NPR3, as of 2015, Americans consumed roughly 50 billion burgers a year in every size, shape and flavor combination imaginable. The number one topping for burgers is cheese, of course! In fact, “smash burgers” have grown 69 percent in social discussions over the past year! Additionally, burgers made with unique and specialty ingredients are trending in terms of menu mentions. Diners are paying about $2.00 more for these “elevated” burgers compared to “traditional” burgers.4

Trend #5: Air Fryers Stay Hot
Air fryers are not just blowing hot air, they have surpassed trend status and are here to stay. And, for good reason. They align with today’s lifestyles: convenience, household size, energy efficiency and versatility. With nearly 60 percent of U.S. households owning an air fryer5, consumers are looking for fun, new ways to elevate classic recipes using a favorite appliance. Hello, air fryer grilled cheese, air fryer jalapeno poppers or air fryer nachos!

“It was really fun to step back from our day-to-day work to think about how trends we are seeing here in the Pacific Northwest or in our industry may impact restaurants, dinner tables and charcuterie boards nationwide,” said Katie Petri, Director, Consumer & Market Insights, TCCA and member of the Tillamook “Predict the Yum” Trends Taskforce. “A few of our 2024 trend predictions were influenced by analyzing how consumers are grocery shopping and prepping their foods, which directly impacts shopping lists, specific ingredients and flavor choices. 2024 should be delicious!”

The TCCA experts contributing to the “Predict the Yum” trends round-up have more than 50 collective years in the food industry, from culinary development to product excellence to research and consumer insights. The Tillamook “Predict the Yum” Trends Taskforce is comprised of:

  • Josh Archibald, Executive Chef of Culinary Development at TCCA
  • Jill Allen, Director of Product Excellence at TCCA and an American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional
  • Steve Marko, Senior Director of Research & Development at TCCA
  • Katie Petri, Director, Consumer & Market Insights at TCCA

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