• Alexandre Santamaria

Global Food Trends in 2020

From rainbow-colored bagels to avocado toast, food trends affect fast food and fine dining alike. Some trends come and go quickly while others make a lasting impact on the culture of food and beverages around the world.

For 2020, food trends around the world are going to be focused on health, sustainability, and convenience.

Fermented Foods

Fermented foods and beverages like kimchi and kombucha are already gaining popularity around the world, but especially in big Western cities like London. In 2018 alone, their consumption grew by nearly 150%! Other gut-friendly foods like miso, sauerkraut, and kefir will become even more popular in 2020, as well. They add the perfect funky and zesty note to any dish.

Waste Free and Sustainable

The Farm to Table movement has revolutionized consumers’ desire for fresh, healthy, in-season food that is produced locally and sustainably. An increased focus on climate change will drive the demand for waste free food that is harvested or raised in a way that is good for the environment, as well.

In China, there is an emphasis on safe, fresh food with a transparent supply chain because of recent issues with things like contaminated baby formula and excessive chemicals. Meanwhile, sanctions in Russia, have compromised food quality so consumers are especially concerned with having healthy, high quality meats and cheeses.

That means kitchens from Moscow to Hong Kong will be serving up organic, healthful food and drinks in 2020 and beyond. This trend will challenge chefs to use every last scrap of food to come up with an amazing, flavorful, and eco-friendly dish.

Meatless “Meat”

In 2019, meat substitutes went from being the butt of the culinary world’s joke to the hottest new innovation. Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger made a splash in the US, while Quorn has long enjoyed popularity in the UK. Recent studies have shown that 1/3 of the population is trying to eat fewer animal products, instigating an explosion in the plant-based food industry. From Jackfruit “pulled pork” to seitan “pastrami”, chefs in 2020 will be coming up with new and exciting ways to make plants into “meat.”

Convenience is Key

These days, consumers demand convenience. With our hyperconnected world, powered by smartphones and rapid technological innovation, diners are increasingly focused on hyperconvenient food. In China, consumers use apps like Meiweibuyongdeng and We Chat to order and pay for their food, while services like Uber Eats are popular in London. Consumers are busier than ever, but that doesn’t stop them from wanting food to be fresh, tasty, and healthy on top of being fast and convenient.

Stay on Top of Global Food Trends

Food trends are always changing, and it’s important to stay up to date with the wants and needs of diners. Check our blog regularly for updates on the latest and greatest innovations and crazes in the culinary world. Always be the first to know the hottest trends around the culinary world!

Thank you for reading

Aware Hospitality Team


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