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.
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.
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?