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Food Trends: Canning, men cooking, local

  |   Dec. 27, 2010 at 11:37 PM
CHICAGO, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Home canning, more men cooking and buying local food top next year's expected food trends, officials at The Food Channel say.

The Food Channel, along with CultureWaves, Mintel International and International Food Futurists, identified the most significant food trends that will drive how people eat throughout 2011.

"The new economy has created a boldness and willingness to change how we work, how we cook and how we eat. All of our 2011 trends reflect that in some way," Kay Logsdon, editor of The Food Channel, says in a statement. "One example is baby boomers wanting to age well. For example, trend No. 10 explains they are eating for better sex, more energy and the ability to work longer."

The Food Channel's top 10 trends for 2011 are:

-- The canning comeback, something grandma did is gaining popularity for both economy and health.

-- More men cooking because of layoffs.

-- People wanting to get food grown locally.

-- Americans are of tired of being told what they can eat.

-- Social media working as a food guide and coupon source.

-- Corporations thinking like small businesses to respond to a changing market.

-- More fresh foods daily via gardens.

-- Bringing chefs to schools to improve taste and improve diet.

-- Eating out of the box, because change makes people comfortable with more change.

-- Eating for better sex and better health to live longer and healthier.

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