Spicy sauces, bubbly drinks and online apps are just a few of the food trends to look out for in 2016.
The new year brings about changes, be it food, film, fashion or fiction. Ankita of Hungry Forever shares what Technomic has declared to be the 10 food trends for 2016 :
1.The Sriracha Effect
Sriracha, a hot sauce from Thailand, will lead the way for spicy ethnic spices making a big splash next year. Spicy tastes from India, Korea and Africa will also be on menus.
2. Elevating Peasant Fare
Humble food items or in this case “peasant” staples, will see a continued hike in mention. The simple staples include sausage, ethnic dumplings and traditional breads.
3. Sustainable Eating
As a result of protein prices soaring high, menus will include a lot more dishes made of whole meats and entire plants. This is a direct correlation towards more sustainable eating and a higher usage of vegetable stalk, rots and organ meats.
Restaurant menus will be on fire in more ways than one. Smoked and charred preparations like smoky syrups, charred veggies and smoky ice are going to be a hot favorite (literally) in 2016.
Fizzy and sparkly drinks like champagne; sparkling teas and sodas will be very popular at bars.
6. Say No to GMOs
Following the Chipotle fiasco and the great hullabaloo over GMO, “GMO free” might just be the new food mantra among consumers.
7. Modernizing the Supply Chain
The modernization of the supply chaing will focus on local sourcing, humane treatment of animals, product safety and traceability.
8. Refreshing Fast Food
Fast food menus will see a lot of re-organization and customizing options within their existing menus. This would be exemplified by McDonald’s all-day breakfast menu and the introduction of alcohol in certain chains.
9. Year of the Worker
With a colossal 83% of consumers in support of a minimum wage hike, 2016 is going to see a bigger smile on the workers’ faces.
10. Food Apps
A long list of chains are ready to join the App club, making dining-in a piece of cake and dining out next to superfluous. In addition to this, non-food companies will also pave their way into the food market.