Mar 26, 2024 - Food and Drink

"Global" flavors, sesame crust will be top pizza topping trends for 2024, expert says

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Move over, Margherita. A Minnesota pizza expert says bold, global flavors are growing in popularity.

The big picture: Colby Strilaeff, a brand manager with Austin-based Hormel Foods, predicts that chimichurri, gochujang and miso will be among the most popular toppings in 2024, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reports.

Between the lines: Strilaeff, who released the trends during the March International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, says more pizzerias are experimenting with Mexican, Cuban and Indian flavors.

  • Others are adding a flavor punch with hot oils, honeys and other toppings added after the pizza bakes.

Zoom in: Here are some of Strilaeff's other predictions for sought-after toppings:

  • "Ribbon" pepperoni cut into shreds instead of the traditional circles.
  • Giardiniera, aka pickled vegetables.
  • Sesame seed crust, which Strilaeff said adds an extra crunch and "delicious, nutty undertone."
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