At the beginning of each new year, we like to look ahead to what exciting flavors, innovative products, and creative culinary approaches are expected to take the food industry by storm.
Today, we’ll explore 5 food and beverage trends for 2019 so you can be on the lookout for what’s new, fresh, and appetizing in your supermarket, on restaurant menus, and across the high-tech food scene.
As we’ve showcased before, fancy-food snacking is on the rise—and 2019 will bring even more gourmet options for those who like a mini-meal or mid-day pick-me-up that’s more exciting than a basic bag of chips or candy bar. Enter brands like Cypress Grove Cheese—that now offer 1-oz. servings of their beloved goat cheese—or Creminelli Fine Meats, whose charcuterie-and-cheese snack packs provide a little taste of Italian hospitality as you go about your busy day.
Dietary restrictions, food allergies, and health-consciousness no longer work as viable excuses to skip out on indulgent desserts. Inventive dessert chefs are introducing frozen ice-cream-like treats with alternative ingredients like avocado and coconut milk that provide rich, delicious flavor without dairy.
The future has arrived: 2019 promises to be the first year that meats created from existing animal cells will be available to consumers—reducing the need for slaughterhouses and large-scale ranch operations. Keep an eye out for emerging cell-meat products from Just, a Japanese food company with high-tech innovations that continue to surprise and delight.
The Science of Service
It’s not just autonomous vehicles on the cutting edge of robot service: Forward-thinking establishments have begun rolling out automated food service experiences, such as the robot-burger-prep restaurant Creator in San Francisco. Check out the process behind their incredibly fresh, high-quality, slightly Rube-Goldberg-machine-esque approach here.
It’s official: Keto is neato. (Sorry, pun haters!) Diets emphasizing lower carb intake higher percentages of protein and healthy fats continue to trend, and the food world is continually rising to meet the fat-friendly demand. Whether crafting low-carb options for the Paleo crowd or making high fat intake more convenient for the Keto camp, you’ll likely notice more creative and tasty options for healthy fats showing up at your supermarket—from protein bars infused with MCT oil to easy vegan versions of “butter coffee.”
Whether you’re going into 2019 with a desire to try trending foods and discover innovative flavors or simply planning to stick with tried-and-true classics and celebrate your all-time favorite tastes, we hope you enjoy an inspiring variety of food experiences in the coming year. Happy Foodie Friday!
And, of course, for something a little weird…
For the futuristic foodies among us, here is a video of the Creator Burger Robot in action.
Now THAT’S practical technology!