For many people, foodies, and food bloggers from all around the world, the end of the year is very special. We review our best performing content of the current year and plan new things for the next one.
Some of us, including me, are planning the strategy for the few months or even the whole year in advance. We do research on the most popular food trends coming and if it’s needed we adjust our strategies accordingly.
For me, the end of the year is a bit more special. For the past 2 years, I have created my own list of food trends (Food Trends 2018 & Food Trends 2019) on which I have partially based my food blogging strategy.
Last but not least, I love looking back to these posts to see what I have managed to try, and check whether my “prophecy” was fulfilled.
And what are the best and the biggest food trends in 2020?
1. Eating even more plant-based options.
I have chosen to place the plant-based trends at the beginning of the article. And why? because I have recently turned vegan and I simply love it. I feel better, I’ve lost a few kilograms and have more energy than before.
And what plant-based options and food trends you can look forward to seeing in 2020?
Hummus is one of the most popular dishes all around the world. If it is produced correctly it is super healthy and provides a lot of nutrition to our diet. In 2020 hummus will be everywhere.
Kale, cabbage and Brussel sprouts.
Other veggies that will be more visible are kale, cabbage, and Brussel sprouts. They all will play a big role within the foodie community and will be included in many recipes.
Another veggie that is gaining momentum is cauliflower. According to the spokesperson from Nielsen dishes with cauliflower are currently experiencing the biggest growth in sales.
In 2020 get ready to see many dishes with cauliflower in it. Like pizza made with the cauliflower crust or pasta made from cauliflower flour.
2. Meat from the labs 2.0
I have spoken about the lab-grown meat already last year. And to be very honest, this food trend will keep growing in 2020 as well.
In 2020 you will see much more “clean meat” options in fast food chains or groceries.
3. Non-dairy milk will rise.
In the past three years, plant-based milk was slowly introduced to consumers around the world. Since then the production and consumption have doubled each year.
In 2020 plant-based kinds of milk like oat milk, almond milk or rice milk will gain even bigger popularity.
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4. Low carb diets like KETO will boom.
One of the most, if not the most popular diet in 2019 was a KETO diet. People all around the world tried to eat fewer carbs and build their diets on proteins and fats.
This will not change in 2020 as well. People will continue cooking, eating, and buying more low carb foods.
5. The kids’ menu is changing.
Według Forbes, the millennial parents are raising young foodies. And I can just confirm that.
Young parents are definitely giving higher quality food to their kids. Like organic or bio meats, MSC certified fish or gluten-free pasta. So in 2020 get ready to see even more kids friendly dishes and recipes to fill up this need.
6. Alternative plant-based dishes.
In the past few years, the majority of vegan or vegetarian dishes contained soy. Tofu or tempeh got extremely popular and achieved huge growth in sales.
The year 2020 will be definitely about exchanging soy for other plant-based products. Get ready to see burgers made from sprouts, fish sticks from wheat protein or spreads from avocado.
7. Non-alcoholic drinks.
Millennials are not only raising young foodies. They also smoke fewer cigarettes, care more about the environment and animals. Last but not least they drink less.
And this is another trend that will gain momentum in 2020. Get ready to see even more non-alcoholic drinks (happy hours) everywhere.
8. Zero-waste packaging.
You have to agree with me that the worst thing to see is an organic (bio) aubergine packed in a huge plastic wrap.
One of the biggest trends coming to the food world in 2020 is zero-waste packaging.
In 2020 you will finally see fewer and fewer fruits and vegetables without plastic wraps or packed in zero-waste friendly packaging.
9. The origin of the ingredients.
The worst-case scenario is when those foods are coming from not sustainable farming or fishing from all around the world. The producers are many times pushing their employees to their limits or they are closely connected to the crime environment.
In 2020 you will start to see better labeling with the exact origin of the ingredients.
10. Biodynamic wine.
The last food trend that has made it to my list is dedicated to all the wine drinkers.
The year 2020 will be all about biodynamic wines. And what are the biodynamic wines about? Biodynamic wines are produced without pesticides or other chemicals.
So get ready to see more of these wines in wine shops or restaurants.