You probably know it already – the world is slowly but surely starting to take its first steps to say goodbye to processed and packaged food. And while not everyone understands the new changes that are slowly introducing themselves into our lives, it is crystal clear, looking at the numbers, that unpackaged products are outselling their packaged rivals and 90% of shoppers say they are happy to bring along refillable containers, bottles, and bags to carry their shopping.
Also, we are in the middle of a healthy food wave; people just want to cut off the processed food from their lives and reduce their plastic footprint. We are now much more mindful of our impact on the environment.
However, unpackaged retail has its challenges; it is more costly for retailers and difficult for some shoppers. But with politicians, the public and independent zero-waste grocers, unpackaged food will be one of 2020’s big stories.
The rise of plant-based food
Soy sausages, burgers, and nuggets are taking over the markets now, at both micro and macro scales. Meat-free food is a trend that has shown absolutely no sign of slowing down. Consumer appetite for plant-based foods is increasing as consumers switch to foods that match their changing values and desire for more sustainable options. This growth will continue as more companies bring next-generation innovations to market that really deliver on the most important driver of consumer choice: taste.
The raw material is above all
As a result of the sustainability boom, the product is becoming the true protagonist of all the menus that are worth devouring. Tomatoes must taste like tomatoes; rib-eye must have a designation of origin and the fish and shellfish must come from the best fish markets in the country.
Grab & Go and Deliveries.
Despite being different, these two ways of bringing food have captivated more and more people. Life’s fast pace does not always allow us to spend time cooking food. Therefore, these two ways of bringing food make our lives easier.
Grab and go shows that fast food does not have to be unhealthy. It consists of a service based on exhibitors with real food, ready to eat. The products are usually well cooked, fresh, and healthy.
Not so simple sugars
Instead of reaching for honey or refined sugar to sweeten your baking project, why not trying a reduction of sweet syrup from a starchy source or fruit? Fruit syrups such as pomegranate, coconut, sweet potato, sorghum, and dates appear as ways to add a touch of sweetness to dessert recipes and even to glazes and meat marinades.
So now you know-how is going to be your foodie 2020, till next time :)