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FCP Recorded Webinar

Trend Forecast 2021

COVID-19 has brought dramatic changes to our views on food. There’s growing interest in cleanliness/sanitation, contactless ordering and deliveries, and continued momentum in plant-based, ethnic cuisine and functional foods.

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This webinar was presented live on January 12, 2021.

COVID-19 has brought dramatic and often unexpected changes to almost every aspect of our lives—including our views on food and restaurants. And there's no doubt about it, in so many ways this year has been, let's just say its been really different, yet it also showed us that the food industry is easily the most creative industry in the country. Among consumers, there’s growing interest in cleanliness/sanitation and contactless ordering and deliveries, and continued momentum in plant-based, ethnic cuisine and functional foods. These and other current trends, and the future outlook, are the subject of an upcoming presentation by Marie Molde, a registered dietitian and food industry expert. Marie’s firm, Datassential, provides trend software, predictive analytics and consumer insights to the food industry.

CPEU: 1.0
CPE Level: 2
Performance Indicators: 11.1.1, 11.2.2, 7.1.3

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand how COVID-19 is impacting consumer views on food and eating.
  2. Reveal four key lessons from the pandemic that are impacting how we obtain and consume food.
  3. Identify current interest in functional foods and how nutrition plays a role in consumers’ lives as we move through and past the pandemic.


Marie Molde, RD

With a strong background in food, nutrition and business - holding a combined MBA/RD from Dominican University - Marie brings Datassential a unique culinary perspective and health-driven point of view. Restaurant chains and suppliers have relied on Marie’s expertise in menu and product development, and for years she has helped foodservice and retail companies excel in innovation. Marie is a member of the Menus of Change Business Leadership Council, a group of leading chefs, food and foodservice executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and social innovators working to inform, support, and confront issues that are surrounding the food industry today. Marie routinely speaks at industry events and conferences and has been interviewed by several publications including BuzzFeed, The Washington Post and The Chicago Tribune.

Datassential makes the food industry smarter, providing trend software, predictive analytics, and consumer insights that help manufacturers, food retailers, and chain restaurants innovate and sell more intelligently.

Release Date: January 12, 2021


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