Five top food trends for 2019

Eating in Source: pxhere January is a good time to review the culinary trends we are likely to see during 2019. So here’s a rundown of five trends which, according to the most recent analysis by the international food, restaurant and hotel consultancy Baum & Whiteman, are most likely to influence the way people eat this year. And even though predicting such trends can be harder than hitting a casino games jackpot, see what you think of these projected foodie options for this year.

Eating at home will gain more traction

Why would you eat out when there are so many good reasons to eat in? While the cost of eating food away from home continues to rise, supermarket prices are altogether more stable. In fact, figures obtained by the NPD group show that even though 82% of the meals people eat are home-prepared, the cost of eating out still accounts for half of all their dining expenditure – which is a big incentive to stay in. Other factors which are considered likely to influence the stay-at-home trend are increasing rents, wage restrictions, more financial pressures and rising US tariffs. But, beyond the cost, millennials, in particular, are quite happy to cook, and they represent a market of some 75 million. The results of a Better Homes & Gardens survey show that the vast majority of millennials (93%) enjoy dining in at least four nights a week. Let’s remember too that meal kits are now very popular and the standard of supermarket-prepared food has improved, aspects which will invariably boost this defining trend.

The food industry will experience increased automation

With automated dining becoming more mainstream, we’re likely to notice more robots during 2019. And the trend is likely to extend beyond AI-driven ordering procedures within the fast-food sector to include bots that prepare your meal and facilitate hotel room service, as well as semi-autonomous droids prepared to escort customers to the restaurant table they have booked. The New York Times reports that one effect of this new influx of automated workers will be to make the existing workforce keen to prioritise their own job security in preference to the opportunity to earn higher wages. Robot waiter Source: Brandsynario

The arrival of “motherless” meat from the lab

More lab-grown meats will replace traditional-style meats. The main difference is that just a small number of animal cells are used to create and harvest meat on an industrial scale. Those who support green, sustainable living underline how this eliminates farms and slaughterhouses, involves lower energy costs, and reduces greenhouse emissions. Some are not convinced about the taste, and there is likely to be resistance from the agricultural community – who oppose the idea that this product should even be called ‘meat’.

Sour will become popular

The latest 2019 trend in flavour is going to be sour. With Filipino, Korean and Persian food becoming more influential, this is bound to herald dishes with noticeably sour tastes. Persian elements to introduce an element of tartness include sour oranges, rhubarb, tamarind and pomegranates; while Filipino dishes feature marinades, sauces and vinegar-based ingredients. Meanwhile, Korean-inspired American recipes feature quesadillas and kimchee tacos along with mac-and-cheese and ice cream.

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