As we head into a new year and decade, it’s that time of year again when food and nutrition trends are making headlines. Predictions are coming from all types of media including me. For over 10 years, my business has been identifying and sharing food trends. And I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that consumers are more health-conscious than ever! Let’s explore my top five food trends for 2020.

ugly vegetables1) Sustainability 3.0

As we embrace the idea of a circular economy, what does that mean for the global food industry? The past decade, we have discussed food waste reduction as part of a larger sustainability theme to decrease many environmental inputs across the entire food value chain.  From food origin and transparency to customer experience and demands, consumers are interested in real-life examples of how circular economies are already impacting the food system, the climate, biodiversity, animal & human health, energy & water use, and land use.

As the Health Expert at SIAL Canada 2020, this is one of the panel discussions I will lead in the SIAL Hub in Montreal in April.

JaneDummer-AppleTape2) Health Tribes

What are Health Tribers?  They are communities of people that are created based upon groups of individuals that share preferences regarding the types of food they eat or don’t eat, such as plant-based or keto. The reasons for many of these food choices include lifestyle nutrition, weight management, food intolerances/allergies, ecological impact, or a concern for animal welfare. With social media, it is easy to find a similar person with similar preferences which allows the opportunity to expand the community platforms. It’s important to note, some of these food choices and/or dietary patterns can be highly restrictive and a health professional like a Registered Dietitian should be consulted before adopting any new approach.

As the Health Expert at SIAL Canada 2020, this is another one of the panel discussions I will lead in the SIAL Hub in Montreal in April.

JaneDummer_MorningJog23) Healthy Aging

Aging vibrantly and healthily is important to both Generation Xs and Baby Boomers. They are pioneering how aging looks as we move into a new decade – 2020. Digestive health continues to be top of mind across all markets and all age groups, but especially for these two groups. Shelf-table probiotics have become more popular ingredients, and we will see innovative products promoting both the benefits of prebiotic and probiotic ingredients. Food products that offer hydration are important to both target markets, along with premium and quality ingredients for cognition, skin health and energy/fitness health.

As the Health Expert at SIAL Canada 2020, this is another one of the panel discussions I will lead in the SIAL Hub in Montreal in April. 

Jane-Dummer-Mocktails4) Mocktails

In my Mocktails will Trend into 2020 blog, I stated there has been a clear shift away from traditional social drinking during the holidays by Millennials and I foresee this movement extending well past the holidays into 2020. It’s not just bars, restaurants, ingredient companies and SMEs (small, medium enterprises) who have recognized this shift and opportunity away from customary cocktails. Traditional suppliers are joining the movement. Recently, beer giant Heineken released its first non-alcoholic beer. Sapporo has made an alcohol free beer called Sapporo+ Budweiser is committed to making 20 percent of their beers available in low or non-alcoholic types by 2025.

Need For Seeds Banner5) Alternative Categories

The shift in plant-based eating is leading to more consumption of plant-based proteins, including seeds, nuts, and pulses. Alternative categories have evolved out of the plant-based and the “free-from” dietary trends. These include meat, dairy, spreads, and ingredients like flours, and sugars. With the success of oat milk this past year, I predict growth in the alternative spreads category using seeds and specialty nuts. Watermelon seed butter is the new butter on the block and it is new to me. Will it become mainstream? I doubt it! Remember, there are always the logistical, processing and equipment considerations with any new niche product.

As the Health Expert at SIAL Canada 2020, this is another one of the panel discussions I will lead in the SIAL Hub in Montreal in April.

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Happy Holidays!
Wishing You a Happy, Healthy & Delicious Start to 2020

 

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