Upcoming Food Trends in 2020
November is almost here, meaning it’ll be the new decade before we know it. 2020 is sure to be an exciting year for the food industry as new and continuing trends flood headlines. Gone is the buzz surrounding eclectic desserts such as rolled ice cream or cronuts. Health, sustainability and convenience seem to be the major themes surrounding the food trends for 2020. Take a look at the forecast:
There has been a mass increase in various products on the market advertising their collagen-boosting benefits. Collagen is a protein that provides the structure for our skin and organs, making it the most abundant protein in the human body. Collagen itself has health benefits such as improving skin, hair, and nails, preventing bone loss, relieving joint pain, boosting muscle mass and promoting brain health. As we age, our body’s ability to produce collagen naturally declines. Collagen-boosting products claim to do wonders for our skin, bones and hair, giving us a natural “glow”. There is little evidence if these products actually work as many scientists are skeptical exactly how beneficial these products are. Yet, many testimonials across the web rave about collagen supplements. If you are still a skeptic, you can naturally incorporate collagen in your diet through consuming bone broth, chicken, fish, berries, avocados, egg whites, citrus fruits, garlic, leafy greens and more.
The CBD craze will continue in 2020, as more shops, cafés and restaurants are adding CBD-infused items to their menus. CBD or Cannabidiodal is the non-psychoactive compound in cannabis that has been found to help relieve anxiety and pain. It can be found in various drinks and food in select restaurants and grocery stores. Although CBD has become increasingly popular throughout 2019, expect it to hit the mainstream in 2020 as more products surface.
- Jackfruit, Blended Meat and Meatless Meat
Plant-based meat substitutes have been blowing up in 2019, with fast food chains across the nation are adding meatless burgers onto their menu and grocery stores clearing room on their shelves for meatless ‘meat’ products. These types of products will continue to grow in 2020, with additional meatless products to be added in to the market. One particular meat substitute on the market expected to grow is jackfruit, the world’s largest tree-born fruit. The fruit has a neutral taste and a shredded meat texture, making it the perfect pulled pork substitute. The rise of blended meat, meat with both plant and animal protein in it, is also expected to hit 2020. It is expected by 2040, only 40 percent of the meat the world consumes will come from traditional animal sources; of the remainder, 35 percent will be lab-grown, and 25 percent will be vegan meat, according to Epicurious.
- Pre and ProbioticsThe health industry has begun to focus on gut-health and how your inner microbiome impacts your digestion, skin, energy levels and more. Probiotics are ‘good’ bacteria that live in the gut and help your body maintain balance. Prebiotics is essentially fertilizer for these probiotics, stimulating the growth of these ‘good’ bacteria. Food and supplements everywhere have become increasingly focused on gut health, and many Americans are adding these pre and probiotics to their diets in a variety of ways. You can add them to your own diet through foods and drinks such as yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir or kombucha, or by taking one of the many supplements that have flooded the market.
- Butters and Spreads
Various nut and fruit butters and spreads are expected to grow. Spreads like seed butter, veggie butters, yogurt dip, flavored hummus, and more are expected to grow immensely in popularity. Who doesn’t love some good dips and spreads?
- Non-Alcoholic Cocktails
As the demand for non-alcoholic beverages increases in the millennial population, many different restaurants and stores are beginning to accommodate through tasty alcohol-free ‘mocktails’. This craze aligns with the new trend toward health diets, as studies continue to show the negative effects of alcohol on the body. As a result, consumers have shifted their focus from getting a buzz to exploring interesting new and sophisticated flavors. Beverages with unique fruits such as Dragon Fruit or Blood Orange have increased in popularity, and mainstream grocery marts are now selling bottled ‘mocktails’ for consumers to purchase and enjoy. In 2020, expect to see this classy new trend to only grow.
- Puffed Snacks
You’d think crunchy, salty snacks are the opposite of what new health foodies would want, right? Think again! The rise of puffed snacks made from various health food such as chickpeas, kale, quinoa, and beets has come. These reduced-guilt snacks allow consumers to have the crunchy and salty flavors they crave, without packing the unhealthy punch.
We look forward to 2020 and seeing if these foods truly will be all the buzz!