Food predictions for 2021

With the new year fast approaching, we’re taking a look at what’s in store for the food industry. From new uses for classic ingredients to innovative products and new habits, we discuss it all.

Healthy habits

This year’s Food & Drink Expo saw the increased presence of a wide range of health foods and drinks. With health and well-being becoming a key priority for many due to the ongoing pandemic, we’re expecting to see a health focused diet becoming an even bigger trend in 2021.

A shift to lighter alcoholic drinks

An insight from KPMG predicts more people will be turning to drinking less or even opting for non-alcoholic drinks. In coming years, it’s predicted that many people will start choosing beverages that have a much lower ABV.

This means within the next year, with the fall in popularity of heavily alcoholic drinks, there will be a surge of substitutes to accommodate more people favouring the middle ground.

Olive oil

Research suggests the interest and debate surrounding flavoured compound fats has increased the use of one particular fat – olive oil.

There’s mounting evidence that demonstrates the benefits of extra-virgin olive oil in comparison to other oils/fats, namely  its ability to protect against neurodegenerative conditions and diseases, as well as its anti-hypertensive attributes.

Some food researchers have tipped olive oil to be a replacement to the well-known healthy coconut oil.


Chickpeas have been a popular choice for a long time, with hummus being a reigning favourite dip for many.

Beyond hummus, chickpeas are being explored and experimented with in more recipes recently. Chickpea aquafaba is becoming a natural replacement for many ingredients, such as egg and milk, thanks to the fact its suitable for vegans. Chickpea flour is also becoming a popular substitute for those who have a gluten intolerance.

The versatility of chickpeas ensures they’ll become a more widely used ingredient.


With solely plant based diets becoming more popular in recent times, the carob has made a an exciting appearance in the upcoming food trends for 2021. Carob is high in protein, antioxidants, iron, calcium and fibre making it a great ingredient in plant based dishes.

Carob is also low-carb and naturally sweet in flavour as well as being caffeine and gluten-free. A multipurpose ingredient that can be used as powders, bars, baked goods, beverages and syrups.

Which upcoming food trends/topics are you most excited about?