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Swavoury foods (think beetroot yoghurts or strawberry and tarragon soup), inhalable cocktails (for people bored with sipping), algae cooking oil (yes, algae), microbe cocktails (think Bloody Mary with kimchi) and the return of ancient ingredients (like baobab) are all tipped for the top in 2016 by JWT Innovation. But, believe it or not, the United Nations has weighed into the debate and declared 2016 as the International Year of Pulses.

Why? It’s an excellent question, considering what else must be cluttering up its to-do list, but nevertheless peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas are set for a universal boost in 2016. The pulses sector could even double in size and value in the next five years, according to the John Innes Centre. Anyone still bemused should visit pulses.org.

You can see the rest of The Grocer’s 2016 Predictions here.