For many people all throughout the world, the past twenty months have brought trials and upheavals, and our daily habits and behaviours have evolved considerably. The food trends impact all of our lives in a profound and pervasive way, on a daily basis.  But after a stressful 2020, many people have turned to new food trends more than ever as a means of comfort, wellbeing and community.

Our priorities have shifted as well, with many individuals placing a renewed emphasis on their health and well-being, including their diet. As a result, there has been a shift in food and health culture. Many of us are thinking about health, fitness, wellbeing and weight management right now. 

Following are some of the top food  trends that are here to stay: 

Food trends related to Immune 

COVID-19 served as a stark reminder that health is ephemeral and subject to alteration at any time. For many people, this prompted them to seek out products that would help them maintain a healthy immune system and so better prepare them to battle against diseases. 

Purpose-driven ingredients are also expected to be at the forefront of the food business in the future. Adding olive oil to support heart health, vitamin C to strengthen the immune system, Ginger and turmeric as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory additions, or probiotics in kombucha to support a healthy digestive tract are all examples of food trends. 

Food trends on local freshness

Many people gained a greater respect for their local communities as a result of the pandemic shutdowns, particularly the food purveyors — grocery stores, farmers markets and restaurants — who kept food on our tables. 

Consuming local foods may provide loads of benefits for the local economy, for the environment, and for your body, as they’re generally fresher. 

Food & Nutrition Trends

Microgreens 

Microgreens are not technically new, but their popularity is at an all-time high among consumers. Plants like carrots and broccoli have baby counterparts in the form of these little shoots. Microgreens were once only available atop a meal at a high-end restaurant, but now you can purchase them in a grocery store in a variety of flavors, including Red Rambo radish, popcorn, and wild cabbage.  

Microgreens have four to forty times more nutrients than their mature counterparts, according to a 2012 study. The small shoots are wonderful on top of eggs and sandwiches, and they may also be used to add flavor and nutrition to salads and smoothies. 

Climate-friendly foods 

Food production accounts for a quarter of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, making it a substantial contribution to climate change. However, the foods we eat can help mitigate the effects of climate change. 

Diets may, for example, reduce but not eliminate the consumption of animal products. Instead, customers can opt for animal products that have a lesser environmental impact, such as substituting chicken for beef or eating a few plant-based meals each week. 

Extreme diets, superfluous substances, and misleading promises are no longer in fashion. As time goes on, more individuals will seek food that has a purpose, a story, and benefits society and health.  

These modifications, in the opinion of a dietician, appear to be a step in the right way by focusing on the things that genuinely count.  

The Plant-based Boom 

Veganism had a blast – with its popularity and adoption continuing to surge at record highs. With vegan-related searches up by 47% in 2021, plant-based food has obviously taken the market by storm. 

Australia is the second-most popular nation in the world for vegans in 2020, behind only the UK, according to Chef’s Pencil’s latest annual index for veganism around the world. And the COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact and put what was already a buoyant market into overdrive.  

Why the vegan boom? Below are some explanations: 

  • The pandemic has made health and wellbeing front of mind for many consumers around the globe, which boosted veganism as it has been considered a healthy alternative to meat-eating;
  • Climate change and its severe impact on Australia, the bushfires, floods, and droughts all reminded people of the consequences of farming, meat consumption and carbon emissions;
  • Animal welfare and the ethics around eating meat have also been key determinants when choosing a diet. By refusing to consume animal meat and pay for animal products, the vegan community is working hard to reduce the demand to fight for animal welfare around the globe. 

Ready-to-Eat Meal Kits 

Reheat, open, and eat. Pre-portioned meal kits that are ready to re-heat at home have been a lifesaver for many people to survive working from home.  

The pandemic has obviously brought about drastic changes on food trends, in diverse ways. We totally get that – sometimes you just do not have enough time and energy to deal with your work, chores, and the little people around you (or crying), all at the same time.  

So here comes the ready-to-eat meal kits. Book online, schedule to deliver, open and finish – it’s all about the convenience and efficiency to finish your lunch before your 12pm meetings.  

With the likelihood of working from home (or anywhere) to be here to stay after the pandemic, ready-to-eat meals will also be a trendy one for at least the control you need to have over your work and life balance.  

Gluten-Free diet is still hot 

Nowadays, the choices of tasty ‘n’ easy gluten-free foods on the market can still blow your mind. With numerous health benefits, especially for those with celiac disease, a gluten-free diet may also reduce chronic inflammation, ease digestive symptoms, boost energy levels and promote weight loss.  

But one thing to bear in mind is that a Gluten-Free diet is not suitable for everyone. Many people think a gluten-free diet is a healthy alternative — but it is not. Gluten-free foods often have higher sugar or fat contents to make them tastier with better consistency. 

Gluten-free diet foods are essential for people medically diagnosed with Coeliac disease, while others need to be careful as they may miss an array of nutrients such as vitamins and minerals, which have been contained mostly in whole grains rather than gluten-free foods. 

Choose your diet wisely with a thorough understanding of your health conditions and the real needs of your body. 

Hospitality people, we are here to help you. 

It has been undoubtedly one of the toughest years for the great people in our industry. But here we can see a brighter future ahead for all of us – one that is paired with great technology, better customer experiences, and a more profitable hospitality industry.  

We will work with you to grow your business. 

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As hospitality people at heart, H&L understands the critical requirements for each food and beverage operation. We have staff in every state of Australia providing direction and advice as you grow and as technology changes. 

 As always, remember that we are here to assist your business in any way possible. Call us at 1800 778 340, or email sales@hlpos.com to discuss your venue’s needs.