Food and drink trends,2020

We caught up with our NPD chefs, chatted to our customers and scoured the internet to bring you our predictions for food and drink trends next year. Here’s which trends we think will be the biggest in food and drink for 2020. 

 There are plenty of predictions out there. Have we missed anything you think will be popular? We’d love to hear your thoughts. 

Going up.

Vegan is here to stay

Food trend experts at Deliveroo predict that the popularity of veganism will continue to grow in 2020. And we’ll be seeing even more faux-meat on supermarket shelves and restaurant plates. 

Food pictures on social media

Many of us became tired of seeing endless images of food on social media in recent years. But after a break, sharing food pictures is tipped to become popular again in 2020. There is one condition, a diner is more likely to take a snap if the restaurant is aesthetically pleasing and there is something unique happening. Think food and theatre, for example – Kobe grills are popping up everywhere.

Magnificant mocktails and alcohol-free beverages 

Non-alcoholic drinks will become even more popular across the U.K. We’re seeing everything from botanical-infused sparkling waters imitating gin to “social elixirs”, drinks free-from alcohol but produced from plants with mood-elevating properties. 

West African foods

Foods from West Africa are expected to be seen in more in dishes during 2020. Look out for tamarind and moringa in particular. The West African trend could fit well with a ‘moment in the spotlight’ for ‘exciting’ salads, which is also expected in 2020.

Going down 

Black food 

From ice cream to bread, over the past few years black coloured food has been everywhere. 2020 will be the year when it finally leaves social media feeds. The only exception is black garlic, which is popular in Asian cuisine. We’re expecting to see more of that.

Calorific coffee 

Festive coffee certainly isn’t ‘ the flavour of the month’. Recent research from the Hospital Group found that some varieties had as much as 47.9g sugar per serving. The findings highlight the need for coffee retailers to do more to reduce sugar, offer healthier options and be clearer on ingredients.

Anything unicorn…

Enough said and the same goes for rainbow food. 

Overly presented and flowery food

Chefs are predicting that plating and presentation will be simpler next year. We’ll see less decoration and garnish with things like edible flowers. 

So long soy

Soy has long been the plant-based protein of choice. With more people adopting flexitarian and vegan diets, chefs and brands are swapping soy for alternatives.

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