It is no exaggeration to say that 2020 was something we all did not expect. This year was an overwhelming year for all of us and taught us many important things. It brought us difficulties, changes, and the concept of “new normal.” Our daily habits and behavior have changed dramatically. It was a learning stage for us and we needed to understand our fears and challenges and the path from there.
But now that this year is over, I think everyone is eagerly waiting for the New Year’s ball to fall.
Food Trends in 2021:
More plant-based diets: Given climate variability and the ways people are enlightened to create a safe future, people are projected to be more inclined to plant-based diets.
“We deserve a safe future. And we want a safe future. Is that really too much to ask?” – September 20, 2019, New York’s Global Climate Strike Greta Thunberg in
Cook Along Class Remains: Believe it or not, Zoom and other virtual video calling and conferencing apps will go nowhere in 2021. In fact, they are inviting themselves to your kitchen. Events and rallies are still suspended, and the virtual cooking classes that have been talked about in recent months are expected to continue until the New Year.
Increase in packaged upcycling foods: Whole Foods Market says they are seeing a significant increase in packaged products that use often neglected and underused parts of the food ingredients used in them.
In the United States, 40% of food is wasted, making it a major source of greenhouse gases that cause climate change. The use of upcycled ugly fruits and vegetables has become a 2021 trend and can reduce food waste.
Purposeful grocery shoppinge: According to an Instacart study, “Americans seem to pay more attention to the people who own and operate the brands they buy. The interest in women and brands owned by BIPOC is clear, One in ten Americans (14%) reported surveying brands run or owned by women, indicating that the same amount (14%) surveyed brands run by BIPOC. Or a brand owned in 2020. “
Increased shopping on time: There will be more on-time shopping. Before the pandemic, weekends were mostly shopping days, whether groceries or clothing. However, weekday shopping (both online and offline) has increased this year. The same will continue next year, and the “Sunday Shop” may soon change to a “Monday Mission” or a “Tuesday Trip”.
DIY kit: Yelp expects restaurants to continue to grow in demand for DIY restaurant-quality foods that can be easily cooked and heated at home with simple instructions. It’s a lot of fun to assemble food for adults as well as children. They will also have the opportunity to understand how the dishes are organized. They can add their own finish and eat fresh and hot food. Eating outside is not yet safe, but it makes eating restaurant-style food at home fun and safe.
Last year will be memorable due to the global health crisis and economic collapse. In particular, we can expect major changes in the food industry in 2021. These are just predictions made from research and data, but only 2021 will tell us how our behavior (as a consumer) will change.
The wounds in 2020 will not heal in 2021. But we can always expect the best and be optimistic that the New Year will bring great things to all of us.
Stay happy and stay healthy!