Food trends tend to be hit and miss. For example, 2014 saw a boom in hybrid desserts, pickled food, and Greek yogurt, but saw a decline in street food, artisan cheese, and healthy seeds, to name a few. While these are based on statistics from GrubHub, we generally are a fickle crowd, loving something until the next great thing comes along.
With that being said, let’s take a look at some predictions on what food trends we’ll see this year.
3-D Printed Food
3-D printers are able to do some amazing things, but did you ever expect them to print out your food? The ChefJet & CocoJet debuted at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the first food safe 3-D printers, printing designs in sugar and chocolate. And later this year, Los Angeles will experience its first Digital Kitchen. As technology advances, it’s likely that 3D printers will become commonplace.
Bugs & Reptiles
This may be new to the US, but other countries have embraced bugs and reptiles as cuisine long before. Nevertheless, some people are embracing this rich protein source, adding these to shakes and smoothies, while others are disgusted. Interest seems to vary greatly, so the success of this trend is hard to predict.
Seems like an oxymoron, right? However these healthy candies are rich in protein and fruit, providing much more nutrition than regular candy. There are even Zollipops, made with Xylitol and stevia, to help prevent tooth decay. These healthy treats are likely to appeal to adults and children alike, as long as they maintain that delicious candy flavor.
We live in a world of skepticism. A drink to help us lose weight? While some may instantly jump on board, most are wary, wondering how exactly it works. For example, Celcius has been around with a solid following, however, has yet to gain considerable success. It is said that Nestle is working to formulate a fat-burning drink, which will provide direct competition with Celcius. We’ll have to see how this one plays out.
Gourmet food produced in a few minutes? Fancy, elaborate dishes are not often associated with quick service, as many understand that good food can take time. Yet, a Miami restaurant is promising 5-star food for $20 in 20 minutes. As hard as it is to believe, it’s hard to predict the success of this trend.
Kosher options are much easier to find these days, it seems Halal food is next. It’s predicted that food certified under the Islamic halal system will become more readily available and easier to find. With significant Islamic population in various areas around the world, it’s likely that this will be much more than a trend.
Meal replacements have been around (ex. Ensure), however, a new startup promises 100% of your daily nutritional needs in one drink. Aimed at the younger generation who are always on the go, this provides an easy and convenient way to get your nutrients.
A healthier pizza that comes in a cone shape? It’s true, and has gained popularity across Europe. The Kono Pizza is now making its way to the US, boasting a low calorie crust, and a handy design for on-the-go dining. We tend to love reinventing classics, so the outlook for the Kono Pizza is promising.
Australian company Pie Face is coming to the US to show us that pies are not just for dessert. They boast savory pies, for consumers to enjoy as a meal. Our beloved chicken pot pie cannot be touched, so we’ll see how Pie Face fares.
These may not seem so “new” since there are plenty of standalone ice cream shops and donut shops, but the new concepts are what’s trending. For example, a new restaurant called Potatopia is a build-your-own potato dish startup. With a unique concept and the right location, single-food restaurants can find booming success.
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