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More vegan products in 2019?

Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019 4:56pm

Happy New Year – how quickly has 2019 come around?

The start of a new year always makes me look forward to exciting things to come and this year is no different. I normally look out for new food trends and for this I check out what news is coming from the UK and US.

We all do it – we always look outward rather than inwards. We rely on clever minds abroad to come up with ideas and tell us what we should be doing, eating and reading.

Why is it that we are too humble to set trends ourselves? Let’s be different rather than copycats of other country’s ideas.

The ongoing trend for 2019 is still convenient food. We are eating more and more on the go, ready-made food. Grab’n’go seems to be the mantra and looking at the growth numbers of fast food outlets, it seems to be here to stay.

Surveys always list that consumers want to have healthier options (so I’m not sure why the fast food giants have such continued growth) but it needs to be easy. The success of places like LovingSalads and The Rocket Man prove that concept but do we need more options to keep us from preparing food for ourselves?

Wouldn’t that be a great trend to start – prepare food at home from scratch with your family? Take time to sit, eat and enjoy each other’s company. Without TV, phone or other distractions. Now, that would be a trend I’d love to see.

Anyway, let’s have a look what trends are forecast for our shores. Last year, the cold brew tried hard to make it to the top of the list of ‘must-have/eat/drink’ items but didn’t quite make it.

Going forward we might get flavoured coffee – broccoli coffee anyone? Staying with drinks, CBD drinks seem to be the latest trend in the US and Canada. I had to check what CBD stands for (cannabidiol without the high) so we might have to wait for them to appear on our shelves.

Other ideas are hummus desserts, which includes ice cream, milk-shakes and everything in between.

Vegan products have been re-labelled as plant-based and include lab-made meat. I have seen a French chemist making ‘steak’ with nothing else but flour, water, protein and flavourings. This is definitely a trend I am not looking forward to.

But vegan products are becoming more mainstream as we are going into 2019 so look out for new meat replacements.

In Toronto I visited a vegan butcher last summer and to be honest, every item on display looked like meat – a lot of it even had the texture of meat. I am still not a fan of replacement products for the real thing but it is interesting to see what chemists come up next.

My very own food trend is to continue to support local producers, grow some of my own food, get better at baking bread (and not killing my sourdough starter) and enjoying fresh and honest food and sharing it with my family and friends.

Happy New Year my lovelies.

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