With 2018 closed, the food and beverage industry is wondering what comes next. Every year brings new trends and some “fresh air” to the consumer. For this week lifestyle article, we gather a bunch of information from sites as Whole Foods Market and Business Insider to bring you the list of food trends for 2019.
This year is full of new flavors and new things, from sea snacks to eco-friendly packaging.
Here are the top 15 food trends predictions for 2019:
Instead of root vegetables like potato and tapioca, we will be turning to the ocean for snack inspiration. Algae and marine-life-infused munchies have seeped into the food stream. Seaweed chips, plant-based tuna alternatives, and water lily seeds are a few things to look out for. While paper-thin roasted seaweed strips were all the rage a few years ago, Whole Foods Market predicts that marine ingredients will show up in more food products in 2019.
More intriguing products include kelp jerky, a protein-rich snack that is mixed with mushrooms, and faux tuna produced from algae. Besides fried salmon skin, ingredients like sea fennel and water lily seeds will find their way into the marine munchies.
The eco-friendly packaging movement will grow even further in 2019. Consumers are aware of how many single-use plastics we actually go through, and how bad for the environment they are. As a result, the number of brands making the switch to packaging with the environment in mind continues to grow at a quickening pace.
With some work made last year, the number of brands that opted to do away with plastic straws and switch to cutlery made from environmentally-friendly materials is growing. This eco-friendly practice looks set to grow as more brands and eateries are going strawless and doing away with plastic sipper caps.
So in 2019 is expected an even huge eco-friendly packaging approach.
Sesame paste is not new to the Middle East, but the rest of the world has finally realized how good it is. Foodies are putting it on everything, using it as a traditional dip, as a spread on oat bread and even in desserts. Hummus, too, is being used in desserts. Cocoa, peanut butter, even cookie dough – it’s all being mixed up with our favorite chickpea snack.
Flavor inspirations from the Pacific Rim are popping up in grocery stores and restaurants. From Oceania states to regions in the Americas, flavors from the cuisines in this area are catching on in culinary circles across the world.
Ingredients like longganisa (a Filipino pork sausage), dried shrimp, cuttlefish, and shrimp paste are on restaurant and home menus that span from breakfast to dinner, while vibrant tropical fruits such as guava, dragon fruit, and passion fruit are making their way into colorful smoothie bowls and cocktails. Jackfruit is a popular meat alternative already being used in place of items like barbecue pulled pork, while an extract of monk fruit, an ultra-sweet-tasting fruit also known as luo han guo, can be used as a sweetener replacing added sugars.
This is one trend, alongside the UAE’s taste for acai bowls, which shows no signs of slowing down.
Probiotics have been on the rise for a while, in the form of fermented kimchi and various pickled foods. Now, wellness-focused brands, cleaning products, and beauty brands are trying to cash in on the trend.
In 2019, is expected even more innovative probiotic integrations in food. Wellness-focused brands are making it easier to get more probiotics in your day by adding functional probiotic ingredients to your pantry staples through products like granola, oatmeal, and nutrition bars.
Even beauty brands are including probiotic–based ingredients through sunscreen and other topical body care.
This is another food trend for 2019 that began a few years ago and shows no signs of slowing down. The world’s attitude toward meat is changing dramatically.
According to data seen by M&S (Marks and Spencer), 3.5 million people now identify as vegan, 20% of under-35s have tried veganism, and 25% of our evening meals are now meat-free. This growth in plant-based eating is also causing major retailers to change drastically the number of vegan products they stock.
The battle against food waste isn’t new! Food companies have long been in the habit of trashing ingredients that aren’t pretty enough to sell. But nowadays, consumers are more conscious of the negative impact of food waste.
One of the biggest communities against food haste is WasteED. This community of food professionals has the objective to reconceive “waste” that occurs at every link in the food chain.
Apparently, the new trend in diets is the peganism (paleo + vegan). On Pinterest, pegan-related searches grow up 300% and it’s among the social media company’s top 100 trends for 2019. At this point, you probably question your self what is peganism? Basically, an all natural diet, whole foods, plenty of fresh fruit and veg, healthy protein and fats. Nothing from animals and no processed junk!
Food Halls are another trend which will grow in 2019. These popular places are growing by number and people are going crazy with them.
The United Kingdom’s gone food-hall-crazy, just as the Emirates welcomes the Todd English Food Hall at The Dubai Mall. It’s based on fine-food specialty markets around the world – specifically the one at the Plaza in New York – but also focuses on regional tastes, including Middle Eastern and Afghan dining options, alongside a range of other live kitchens.
Related to the previous trend, the increasing of people eating and shopping in the same place is something that will grow even further in 2019. From butcher-bistro hybrids, such as London’s Hill & Szrok and Tom Kerridge’s Butcher’s Tap in Marlow, to spaces that blend deli-shopping with bars and dining, like Bowland Food Hall in Clitheroe and Eataly, opening in London in 2020.
Plant-based foods will continue to surprise and inspire. While plant-based foods aren’t exactly a new trend, more and more people are exploring plant-based snacking, even those who don’t eat only vegan or vegetarian.
Mushrooms like king trumpet will play a key role here, flexing their flavor and texture powers in tasty jerky, “pork” rinds and “bacon” snacks to offer up a satisfying crunch. Beyond these reinvented veggies and plant-based products, vegetarians can indulge in Quevos Egg White Chips for even more snacking.
So, this year be ready to see even more veggie jerkies and faux bacon snacks in grocery store aisles.
Hemp hearts, seeds, and oils are nothing new, But a new interest in the potential benefits stemming from other parts of hemp plants has many brands looking to explore the booming cannabis business.
Accordingly to Whole Food Market, “While CBD oil is still technically taboo (prohibited in food, body care and dietary supplements under federal law), retailers, culinary experts, and consumers can’t miss the cannabis craze when visiting food industry trade shows, food innovators conferences or even local farmers markets.”
New products and flavors in the frozen treats industry are something that will appear in 2019. Some brands are moving beyond ice cream, with frozen cheese swirls and Taiwanese snow ice. Globally-inspired frozen desserts are taking the stage — possibly sparked by 2018’s mochi ice cream obsession and a Thai rolled ice cream craze — with icy indulgences like airy Taiwanese snow ice and Mexican nieves de garrafa, not to mention stretchy, chewy, Turkish ice creams that get their unique texture from mastic and other unique sources. Popsicles and gelatos won’t be left out of the fun — they’ll get some buzz with boozier infusions coming to market.
Track daily calories and macros are something that doesn’t work for everyone. The supermarket chain, Kroger, is trying to make healthy eating a little bit more effortless with their new app, OptUP, which keeps track of the groceries you buy and uses the personalized information to make suggestions for healthy swaps and better food choices.
Accordingly, to multiple sources, Amazon Go is a store that will increase exponentially in 2019, with the opening of multiple stores on the US market.
Last but not least in our top 15 food trends for 2019 is the empowering purchases. Continue the Transparency trend, that start last year, consumer purchasing power continues to motivate changes in the food, beverage and body care industries. In 2019, environmental stewardship and animal welfare, are issues that will affect directly the purchase decision. Contributing to social movements via purchasing goods and services with missions that consumers believe, can make big changes, and extend far beyond the world of retail.