Aging population and food intolerances to carve food  trends in 2012: report  – NY Daily News

An aging population means that grocery store shelves will be increasingly lined with foods that come with added health claims while younger consumers with food intolerance will drive demand for gluten, nut or dairy-free foods in 2012, predicts a market research group in the UK.

According to the latest trendsetting predictions of Leatherhead Food Research, a strong interest in maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle among retiring Baby Boomers will fuel more product launches in the functional food market next year — foods that come with health claims.

Expect to see more products with glucosamine for joint health, for example, and foods with added omega-3 for brain health, analysts say. Read more

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