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‘Swicy' is the hottest trend in food right now

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Americans can expect a sizzling hot summer, not just in terms of rising temperatures, but also in their palate preferences. The market for food and beverages is seeing a surge in demand for bolder, spicier flavors. Snack aisles in stores like Walmart and Target are filled with spicy products, and this trend doesn’t seem to be fading away. The appeal of these bold flavors is not limited to younger consumers; people of all age groups are embracing them. The incorporation of spicy flavors in different categories, including beverages, is a relatively new phenomenon. Companies like Coca-Cola and Starbucks have introduced spiced beverages to cater to this growing trend. According to market research firm Circana, there has been a 9% increase in year-over-year sales for food and beverages with “spicy” in their description. This shift toward bolder flavors can be attributed to changing demographics and increased access to global ingredients. The pandemic has also played a role in fueling the popularity of spicy foods, as people yearned for the taste of different cuisines while confined to their homes. Though our taste buds change as we age, the demand for spicy and sweet flavors is expected to continue, and other food categories are likely to incorporate more spice in their products. The enthusiasm for spicy foods is not just a passing fad but a long-term trend.