No one could have foreseen the year that was and the slew of unfortunate events that came with it. Fortunately for foodies though, chefs and market researchers have come up with their predictions for this year’s food trends and these are on top of the list:
1. Meal kits
When the pandemic hit, almost everyone got busy in the kitchen. Then restaurants decided to ride the wave and offer their crowd-favorite items in kits so customers can enjoy them right at home and even assemble them however they want to. Food experts say we can expect more of these in 2021—from ramen and steak and wine kits to tacos and pintxos.
2. Bottled or canned craft drinks
These cover craft beer, craft cocktails, boozy versions of popular healthy drinks, low-calorie libations and even alcohol-free spirits. There will be options aplenty, but hard kombucha and hard seltzers will be particularly popular.
3. Homegrown takes
As travel plans are still on hold, people will be drawn to discover more local flavors from homegrown businesses. There will be renewed interest in region- or even town-specific cooking styles, native specialties and modern iterations of the classics by innovative establishments.
4. Ghost food halls
As touchless transactions are the preference these days, ghost food halls or kitchens will be a hit among those stuck at home but want restaurant-quality meals. What makes virtual food halls better is that customers can order different items from different brands all in one platform and on the same tab. It’s like going to your favorite food market only this time, it’s in the safety and comfort of your own home.
5. Plant-based everything
The year 2020 definitely had most people embracing mindful eating. Plant-based food has long taken off and will only continue to be a trend this year. Even fast-food chains are offering plant-based versions of their bestselling burgers, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise if restaurants for hell-bent carnivores will be offering healthier alternatives too.