So as we say goodbye to 2017 and say hello to 2018 it is also the time to get ready for a whole new wave of food trends ready to make their mark.
Wholefoods have release their predictions on food and drinks that will be a hit in 2018. So what can we expect to see…
Food and drink trends 2018
Floral flavours: in 2018 we can expect to see cafes and restaurants adding whole flowers and petals into dishes plus infusing botanical flavours into drinks and snacks. Like lavender flavoured lattes and rose-flavoured anything.
Super powders: although 2017 we saw an increase in popularity of these super powders, and they were appearing in lattés, smoothies, nutrition bars, soups, and baked goods. But in 2018, their popularity will continue to rise, so matcha, cacao and maca root aren’t going anywhere.
Functional Mushrooms: 2018 will be the year of the mushroom, according to Wholefoods. Shoppers aren’t going to just cook with mushrooms. Have a look for mushrooms popping up in bottled drinks, coffees, smoothies, and teas, the versatile little fungi will also be popping up in your body products – look for them in haircare, soaps, and more.
Middle Eastern food: consumers are ready to explore the flavours and classic ingredients of Middle Eastern cultures, with Persian, Israeli, Moroccan, Syrian, and Lebanese influences rising to the top. Trending ingredients will include, pomegranates, cucumber, eggplant, parsley, mint and tahini.
Food label transparency: although this in not an edible trend, it is still a trend we will see in 2018. Transparency of food labels will be a requirement in the new year. It will provide information on our that product went from source to store.
Technology and plant-based diets : science will be getting involved in increasing the amount of vegan products on the market. Such as veggie burgers that “bleed” beetroot juice and new milks made from nuts, peas and bananas.
Puffed and popped snacks: 2018 will be the year to welcome puffed chips, puffed pasta bow ties, fava chips, and puffed rice clusters. Anything puffed and we also hear Brussel sprout chips may be on their way.
Tacos: no need to fret regular taco aren’t going anyway. But there will be a focus on taco variations such as breakfast tacos, dessert tacos and even sushi tacos.
Root-to-stem: it is time to stop cutting the ends of various vegetables, like carrot. In efforts to reduce food waste, the new trend will be to use the whole fruit or vegetables. Think broccoli-stem slaw.
Bubbles: flavoured plant-based sparkling waters and sparkling cold brews will be the bubbly beverages of consumers in 2018.
So it seems 2018, will be an adventurous year when it comes to food…we can’t wait!
Source: Wholefoods Food Trends report 2018