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Top food trends to watch in 2019

As we say goodbye to 2018 and welcome in the new year, we can also look forward to brand new and exciting flavours and dishes try. What’s going to be the new cauliflower rice or sriracha chilli sauce, and will kombucha still be the go-to ‘soft’ drink? We’ve searched the web to see what’s predicted to be the top food trends to watch in 2019.

Top food trends in 2019 

Pacific rim-inspired flavours 

Flavours from Asia, Oceania and the western coast of South America are set to become even more popular. Items such as guava, dragonfruit, and dried shrimp and shrimp paste are ones to keep an eye out for.

Shelf-stable probiotics 

Fermented kimchi and various pickled foods, touted for their gut health benefits, have been on the rise for a while now. However soon probiotics are going to be added to muesli’s, oats and other everyday products.

‘Fat’ products rising 

We’ve seen a rise in the keto diet in 2018 which involves eating more ‘fats’. This will continue to grow in 2019 with even more options to integrate fat sources into your diet. Think chicken chips, meat snacks like beef jerky as well as a new wave of ready-to-drink ‘bulletproof’ vegan coffees made with coconut butter or oil.

New healthier frozen treats 

Look-out for interesting new ice-cream flavours made with avocado, hummus and tahini.

New-ways with seaweed 

Seaweed has been mainstream for quite some time but in 2019 ingredients like seaweed butter and kelp noodles will start to be added to menus and be available in grocers and possibly in supermarkets.

Hemp, revamped 

Hemp has been hot topic of late and is now available mainstream to use in cooking as oil and seeds. The hemp product range will only continue to grow.

Faux meat snacks 

While plant-based foods have been around for quite some time, it seems that even those who traditionally don’t identify as vegan or vegetarian are now exploring plant-based snacking. This means that items such as veggie jerkies and faux bacon snacks will pop up in groceries stores.

Empowering purchases

As we know some brands support environment causes and animal welfare, but 2019 will see a growth in more people-focused causes. Such as employing more female farmers, open-hiring polices plus much more.

Eco-friendly packaging 

As we’ve seen our supermarket giants switch from plastic bags to no bags, this momentum will continue to grow with more environmentally conscious initiatives such as eco-friendly packaging of products.

Gourmet snacking 

Snacking will apparently take a turn towards upgraded artisanal and healthier version of nostalgic childhood snacks. More snacks will also be geared toward people on the Keto diet.

Bring on 2019!


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