Packaging is the No. 1 trend cited in the National Restaurant Association’s “What’s Hot” report—a clear indication that to-go food will continue to top chefs’ priorities in 2022.

In the annual culinary survey, released Tuesday, packaging that’s sustainable, maintains food quality and retains temperature landed in the top three of overall trends respectively. Also gaining traction is zero waste, menu streamlining and immunity-boosting/functional ingredients.

Menus that promote the planet’s health and the body’s health both got high marks from the professional chefs of the American Culinary Federation, who were surveyed by the Association to pinpoint the 2022 trends.


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