As we prepare to farewell one decade and launch into the next, we can reflect on some of the food trends that influenced the last decade. Some may have been a fad, but many look like they are here to stay.
This decade we have had avocado everything, all types of bowls from smoothie, acai and poke bowls, we’ve had the cronut, the mega milkshake craze, sharing platters, to a move to healthy alternatives like cauliflower base pizza. We have also seen dietary restrictions affecting what was big this decade from gluten free to dairy free with nut, soy and coconut milks on the rise. Food delivery options have continued to grow too. Plant based alternatives have also emerged later in the decade and is predicted to continue into the new decade.
So the million dollar question is what will be the biggest trends in foodservice in the 2020’s? Will it be the rise of veganism and a continued move to more plant based dishes, the fusion of flavours from different cuisines blending together in a cohesive way? Or will it be a new look on healthy alternatives with reduction in calories for desserts and sweets by sweetening dishes including glazes and marinades using natural sweet sources? With millennial parents raising a generation of little foodies, will the kids menu get a rethink and revamp?
With pressure on reduce operating costs and increasing profitability, for both front and back of house, what new technology and integrated IT operating systems will emerge to increase efficiencies? And with the diner more educated than ever before, will we see regional, sustainable produce become critical in diners decision making? The rise of flexitarians may mean a movement towards blends of meat and plant-based ingredients. Whatever trends we see, our challenge is to continue to focus on providing innovative solutions and exceptional service delivery whilst always aiming to embrace technology to simplify and enhance the end user’s experience. With a new decade about to launch, now’s the time to dream big and embrace innovation and change! Countrywide look forward to partnering with you for success.