Food Trends for 2020

2020 food trends
Foods Kicking off The New Year

2020 has arrived, and with it 2019 has continued the trend interesting foods of Instagram, the online world with Ghost Kitchens, and sustainability and regenerative farming of Farm-t-Table cuisine. Avocados, kale, and gummy vitamins are all trends being left behind in 2019. We have been scouring the web to find the trends that will emerge in the coming year and we’ve found plenty of trending topics and hot words, but who knows what will reign supreme in 2020? Check out the list of food trends for 2020 and draw your own conclusion about which will stay and which will crumble:

  1. Cool Colors

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    • Trending food this year is going to appear in Instagram-able colors that come from the most surprising of ingredients Blue and purple foods seem to have a place in this year’s trend- but not the unnatural Blue Raspberry of our childhood- instead the new blue comes from Butterfly pea powder. This blue ingredient is being added to tea and “moon milk” a natural sleep remedy. Ube, a purple yam, has also played a part in setting the new trend in the new year and we’ve seen everything from ice cream to smoothies to souffle pancakes that are now purple. Pantone’s color of the year for 2020 is “classic blue” setting the mood for the next decade.
  2. Plant Proteins/Meat-Plant Blends

    • 2019 showed the explosive growth of companies like Impossible Meat, vegan meat alternatives are more popular than ever. There seems to be an industry-wide agreement that plant based entrees and meal alternatives will only be growing in the coming year. Don’t be surprised if restaurants have whole dedicated sections for vegetarian and vegan meals. Several suggestions in the industry also indicate that plant-meat blends may be making their way onto the market as people are gettting more comfortable with meat-free meat.
  3. Alt-Milk/ Everything Butter

    oat milk food trends of 2020
    • 2019 was the rise of the alt-milk, with almond and soy milk appeal rising. Oat milk has repeatedly shown itself to be a contender in 2020. One of the biggest dairy farmers of the US declared bankruptcy in 2019, showing the dire mood of the dairy industry. On the other hand, alternative milks are booming and show no sign of declining in the next coming year. Additionally, be ready for new “alternative” flours and butters made out of surprising things like green bananas, sweet potatoes, cauliflower and watermelon seeds
  4. Mocktails/Sparkling Water

    • Low and no-alcoholic beverages have been booming in the last few months of the decade. Alcoholic sparking water became the next big “it” item and in 2020 it is expected to only grow this trend. Along with low-alcoholic beverages are no-alcohol beer, which several big beer companies have unveiled the last few months. It is predicted that “Mocktail” bars will appear, which are bars that sell only nonalcoholic beverages. Who will say whether this “sober-curious” movement will succeed? CBD and THC have been introduced into drinks as alternative adaptogens. It seems like the high stress mood of the past year has resulted in some low-key new drink options.
  5. Zero Waste/Sustainability

    • Climate change has been a serious topic in 2019, with the world looking for new ways to bring attention to the issue, it is no surprise that environment talks have snuck their way into food as well. The hot button topics that have been thrown around for the coming years are focused on reducing overall waste, however that may be accomplished. There have been several articles spotlighting up and coming restaurants whose focus is 100% zero waste. That means the restaurant operates without a single thing going to the landfill including old food, spoiled food, and oil while avoiding single-serving plastic-ware. You will see more and more restaurants leaning towards a more sustainable business model. We have tips on this:
  6. Regenerative Agriculture

    • Along with zero waste, another buzzword put forth for 2020 trends was Whole Foods, who claimed one of the biggest trends of the year would be Regenerative Agriculture. The New York Times said, “Regenerative farmers, who focus on soil health, are the new organic farmers. Chefs are exploring how to cook cover crops like peas and buckwheat, which regenerative farmers plant between harvests as a way to improve soil, control weeds and sequester carbon.” The food companies that will succeed this year will c companies that can embrace and celebrate regenerative food.
  7. Korean/Japanese elementssouffle pancakes

    • There has been a recent uptick in popularity for all things Asian. Soufflé pancakes and taiyaki ice cream have been popping up all over the internet. 2020 Olympics are in Tokyo so the influence of Asian influence on cuisine makes sense.
  8. Middle Eastern/African influence

    • Along with Asian fare, there has been a lot of trending experts suggesting that we will see a lot of plates with more of an African flare that includes exotic fruits like coconuts, and depending on classic African staples like fish and rice.