In a year of significant changes worldwide, let’s explore how the food industry will change, from eating at your favorite restaurant, diets, snacks, and fast food options in 2021.
New era begins : Food trend after COVID impact and people care more about their health on the food
It has never been easy to predict food trends, but those who do agree 2021 is proving even more challenging than usual to predict what will be in! Forecasters agree that the pandemic has made a lot of us re-think how and what we eat. Some feel by summer, we will be seeing food trends emerge again, while others think that the transition back to something similar to pre-pandemic dining will be a lot slower, with a lot of us still choosing to cook at home and remain reluctant to venture out to our favorite restaurant, and that when we do our favorite eating places will have changed. One thing all experts agree on, though, is that fast-food chains like burger king and Kentucky fried chicken will survive the pandemic, but many small independent restaurants may concede defeat and be forced into closure. But one thing all experts have in common is that 2021 will see a more significant demand for healthy food and supplements!
What do we know?
Meal kits appear to be gaining in popularity, probably due to the rise in home cooking. Many chefs have cottoned onto this and are now offering meal kits, so diners can still enjoy their favorite dishes from the comfort of their own home. Dining experts predict that the more adventurous home cooks are reaching for their spice cabinets looking for exotic flavors and ingredients. With forced restaurant closures, many eateries have started offering pantry goods as a way to bring in revenue. Baum + Whiteman expect this to continue, with an increase of exclusive spice mixes, dumplings, noodles, sauces, signature loaves of bread and pastries, exotic cheese, charcuterie, rendered duck fat, CSA boxes, fresh meat, and fish, as well as meal kits and tableware. The trend toward sourcing local produce is also expected to increase.
Another observation in the way we tend to eat and drink has been the emergence of drinks in a can. This shift in the way we drink is mainly fueled because our pubs and restaurants are mostly shut. This coupled with a new craze for wines and cocktails in cans.
Covid make us to stay home , but we cook, eat and enjoy with family at home.
Covid did change our eating life but something is remains as it is. and one of positive view of COVID is we stay inside with family more and more. we cook, eat and enjoy at home, even situation is horrible we stay together.
Based on Hartman group research ” Covid -19″ impact on eating”, The rhythm of eating has remained the same and people are turning to the same food categories they did prior to COVID 19. and Americans are eating with others more often which driven by morning through lunch occasions. when people eat at home with the family their lunches take on characteristics of dinner.
Away from home occasions have been cut in almost half with at-home eating increasing significantly between morning snack and dinner occasions. Rather than replacing restaurant occasions with ready to eat options, consumers are opting to cook and in the evening, eaters are now less likely to seek familiar flavors. also eating has reached deeper into the pantry and fridge yet, same day sourcing has survived stick-ups surge.
Climate control will have an influence.
The global pandemic, along with a growing awareness of the damage plastics cause, has brought home the message that our health is essentially tied up with our planet. This realization has made us all the more health-conscious, with 2021 expected to build on 2020s healthy buying trends. There is also an expected move toward reducing foods that have a high carbon footprint, like, for example, meat and cheese—encouraged by the new trend only to eat seasonally available food that has been produced locally. It is not all about what is being removed, though. There is also expected to be an increase in the availability of foods such as fish, grains, pulses, seaweed, algae, invasive plant species, and insects.
Many whole food experts agree consumers will focus on personal health and that this will continue to accelerate in 2021, which means more demands for super-foods, probiotics, broths, and sauerkrauts. Suppliers have spotted this trend and have been adding ingredients like vitamin C and antioxidants to their ingredients, with plant-based super-foods and low-sugar options expected to lead the way.
Key focus food area in 2021
Confectionery and chocolate
Typically, when times get tough, a lot of us reach for comfort foods like chocolate. This was backed by a recent survey of members of the Craft Bakers Association, in which more than two in five bakers predicted consumers would seek out sweet treats and indulgent products in 2021.
Vegan, healthy, and meat snacks
Healthy sweets and comfort food, as well as plant-based foods, have taken center stage. Vegan meat alternatives and snacks will continue to grow in popularity in 2021, with more brands responding and developing products to fit this category. In 2020, the vegan diet took center stage, and this is predicted to continue as consumers opt for a plant-based and flexitarian approach to the food they consume. Veggie options that replicate meat products are a big hit with consumers, with options like mushrooms and jack-fruit being served jerky-style, providing a new shelf-stable way to enjoy fruits and veggies.
Fermentation foods & beverages
Fermentation is an anaerobic process where yeast and bacteria convert carbohydrates into alcohol and acids. These alcohol and acids are what give fermented foods and drink their distinctive tangy flavor.
Fermentation has been around for thousands of years and was a technique used to preserve food back in a time where people didn’t have refrigerators or freezers!
There are a lot of different fermented beverages and food out there, and if we mentioned them all, this article would be pages and pages long. Yogurt, Kefir, Kombucha, Lassi, Miso, Kimchi and Sauerkraut are the most trendy and popular Fermentation foods & beverages.
Food trends for 2021 are hard to predict, with forecasters agreeing that the pandemic has made many of us re-think how and what we eat. There is a growing awareness that our health is essentially tied up with that of our planet. This realization has made us all the more health-conscious, with 2021 expected to build on 2020s healthy buying trends. Home cooking will remain popular, with many home chefs reaching for their spice cabinets to create the exotic flavors they used to enjoy pre-pandemic
Link & reference for more information : https://www.Forbes.com/https://www.specialityfoodmagazine.com/ Hartman group research ” Covid -19″ impact on eating”