Global Food Trends

The global food trends have opened up a plenty of new startup ideas.  They are ranging from growing, preserving and healthy affordable food options,

Food industry is going through a paradigm shift globally. The millennials or generation ‘Y’, health consciousness, willingness to experiment and the aging population in some countries are driving the changes.

The TV shows like Master Chef  , little Masters etc. are also popularizing the variety, presentation and taste as the key parameters. It is not surprising to see dedicated cable channels for food and cookery shows.

In India many regional channels telecast at least one half hour program per day on variety of foods and how to prepare them is demonstrated by a host.

The above developments have opened many doors for new ventures in the restaurant space.

Global Food Trends- Trending on the Web

Business Idea: open up a Slavic food restaurant and instead of serving like chips and salsa serve sunflower seeds-Mamí – Sofia Gladun  

Business idea: A restaurant called "You Got Served" where, at the end of the meal, if you beat your waiter in a dance the entire meal is free.

Minimising Food Waste 

Minimising food waste is  becoming a priority..Restaurants like Sile in Brighton, the war on waste is gaining traction. Add to this companies like Rubies in the Rubble, who make jam from rejected fruit, and California’s Fog Point Vodka, which extraordinarily is made from net-caught fog moisture. 

Global Food Trends- Qatar Vegan Restaurant

Qatar’s first vegan restaurant opens for business

Raw tacos with cashew cream, bowls of kelp and kale and vegan cheesecake are among the offerings at a new healthy restaurant in Doha.

The country’s first vegan cafe Evergreen Organics opened last week at Qanat Quartier on the Pearl- Qatar

So far, its waterside location has attracted hundreds of customers who are keen to check out its more unusual food items.

The aim behind the new Qatar cafe is to get people in the country thinking – and eating – in a healthier way, its co-founder Ghanim Al Sulaiti said.

Al Sulaiti has been a vegan for more than three years and while he admits lacking experience in the hospitality industry (he is a tunnel engineer for Qatar Rail), he is passionate about healthy eating.

“Introducing vegan options is really important in this generation, because we’ve been seeing a lot of people facing a lot issues, like digestive problems,” he told Doha News, adding:

“We want to take people back to nature and reconnect them with earth-to-table concepts, where everything comes from earth directly to your plates, rather than going through the processes of the food you see in the market now which is scary.”

Source: Doha News

Global Food Trends- Food Truck

The food truck craze has become a worldwide phenomenon. They’re a hit with millennials for a number of reasons, including convenience, low prices, and oftentimes extremely unique foods and flavors — a millennial favorite. Ranging from Earl Grey ice cream to red velvet waffles with cream cheese icing, these food truck menus are satisfying millennial taste buds in every city.

An Irish national (An ISKCON devotee) in Galway, Ireland had setup a food truck selling Kichadi and Samosa  with Pineapple Raita and Pineapple Chutney in the Saturday Market. He had a roaring business.

Global Food Trends-  Millennials 

Lauren Katz contributed to this post.

Jeff Fromm is president of FutureCast, a millennial trends consulting firm. He also is lead editor of and co-author of the book "Marketing to Millennials: Reach The Largest & Most Influential Generation of Consumers Ever." #viewsaremine.

- Millennials are often known as the “foodie” generation. They’re driving the evolvement of restaurants, demanding customized menu items, and craving unique foods and flavors. Their appetites are changing the entire culinary landscape.

Millennials are often known as the “foodie” generation. They’re driving the evolvement of restaurants, demanding customized menu items, and craving unique foods and flavors. Their appetites are changing the entire culinary landscape. Food has become way more than just a way to satisfy appetites — it has become a social necessity. 

Global Food Trends - Emerging Scene

Millennials Drive Demand for More Plant-Based Options at Restaurants

The Associated Pressis highlighting the growing number of veg options at fast-casual restaurants. And the driving force behind these new meat-free options? Millennials. 

“More Americans are choosing foods based on the benefits—antioxidants, polyphenols, omega-3s—rather than based on what's being left out—fat, sodium and carbohydrates, according to industry analysts. It's a switch from an avoidance diet to an add-in diet. And these new chains are capitalizing on that change, giving vegetables and good-for-you grains top billing at the center of the plate.” 

In addition, the article explains that the number of people looking to eat more protein is decreasing, but there’s increasing interest in plant-based proteins. 

Earlier this year,Marketwind showcased the growing interest in plant-based eating: “Growth of alternative protein sources is poised to accelerate, potentially claiming up to a third of the protein market by 2054, profoundly affecting agriculture, food technology, and end products,- Lux Research 

As the popularity of vegan foods gains momentum, more and more delicious options are hitting store shelves all the time. But with the amazing variety of products already on the market there’s never been a better time to ditch meat.

A Global Guide for Vegan Restaurant

HappyCow: Find Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants Near You

 A Free online vegetarian restaurant guide, sorted by country and region, providing vegetarian and vegan restaurant dining and health food store locations.


Global Food Trends- Conclusion

The current generation is extremely health conscious. They are willing to try and experiment new foods. Vegan food is emerging fast as a healthy option in the developed countries where meat used to be a predominant source of protein.

The millennials approach to food, clicking pictures with smart phones and posting on social media platforms are the catalyst in many new startups sprouting all over the place.

Digest the new trend and grow healthier and make the  environment for future generations liveable.