2019 is over. We’ve also entered a new decade. This past year, we saw trends like celery juice, hard seltzer, and the mainstream rise of plant-based meats. What’s ahead for consumers this year? What are the 2020 food trends predicted to be?
If you love a thick, toasted slice of bread with butter, you’ll be very pleased that the 2020 food trends include bread. Although grain isn’t even allowed in many diets, many experts predict bread is having a moment right now. It’s getting easy to find high-quality, handmade bread prepared with local ingredients. Even in the grocery store, quality is going up. You can find organic whole-grain sliced bread from brands like Dave’s Killer Bread.
CBD-infused foods, especially drinks, took off in 2019. That’s predicted to continue in 2020, as CBD gets into everything from snacks to soups to water. While there’s uncertainty about the benefits and side effects of CBD, the food industry is betting big on hemp. Slapping “CBD” on a label is risky because it’s technically illegal as a food additive and in supplements. However, hemp oil, hemp extracts, and broad-spectrum hemp extract – which contain CBD – are fair game. These will most likely be the terms that many companies choose to go with.
Middle Eastern spices
Last year in the United Kingdom, sales of Middle Eastern spices shot up. Consumers are also showing a lot of love for Middle Eastern food in general. These include flavors like tahini, za’atar, caraway, cumin, and anise seed. Sumac, which has a vinegary, tart, and lemony taste, is also becoming more trendy. Chefs and home cooks alike will seek out traditional dishes with these spices and create their own versions.
Sustainability is a huge concern for consumers these days. In 2020, they’ll seek out more local food, which is one of the most effective ways to improve sustainability. To compete, big chains will attempt to use more locally-grown items, as well. Consumers also love shopping directly from farms. This explains the growing popularity of farmer’s markets and co-ops.
People have always been busy, but in the past, on-the-go food options were limited and usually not very healthy. Now, there are more and more healthy packaged products available at grocery stores and even gas stations. You don’t have to sacrifice quality for convenience. You can find things like little packets of natural peanut butter, nuts, pre-mixed salads, hard-boiled eggs, and more.
More plant-based alternatives
Vegetarianism and veganism are on the rise and companies are taking notice. Lots of products are now leaning into incorporating more vegetables. In the past, soy reigned as the main non-meat protein. Whole Foods predicts more soy-free plant-based foods will come out in 2020. Besides meat-free alternatives, more companies are experimenting with using less meat and adding in vegetables.
Ketogenic – king of the diets
The ketogenic diet, also known as keto, keeps getting more popular. This high-fat, low-carb diet allegedly comes with benefits like weight loss, sharper cognitive abilities, and more energy. When you’re on the keto, lots of food is off-limits. Many companies are adjusting their products and releasing new ones that are compliant with the keto diet’s rules. In the 2020 food trends, expect to see all kinds of packaged goods with a “keto-friendly” label.
Speaking of the keto diet, how does it work? And is it even a good option?