Consumers’ effort to balance wellness and health with their desire to seek enjoyment and comfort from beverages and foods will drive most of the trends to show up on grocery shelves and restaurants in 2023.
Here are the top food trends to watch out for this year:
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1. Farming the Future
Consumer curiosity for advanced technologies like regenerative and vertical farming is growing. Today’s consumers are invested in food sources as it ties in with major global health, waste concerns, and sustainability.
Also, the welfare of agricultural workers is essential, with more people agreeing they’d rather purchase fresh products from local farmers than large stores.
2. Zero-waste and Upcycled Foods
The way people are defining eco-conscious and sustainable food continues to transform. Buzzwords such as fair trade, local, and organic have been synonymous with sustainability throughout the years.
And as technology progresses, new food products are expanding and changing that would otherwise end up as waste. You’ll see more products that support water conservation, the biodiversity of crops, and global food security.
3. Budget-friendly Meal Planning
With grocery prices up well more than ten percent and the cost of most staple items such as chicken, eggs, flour, coffee, and milk up significantly more, families are searching for more money-saving methods, which surely affects eating habits.
To deal with inflated prices, consumers are shopping in bulk, buying fewer goods, eating out less often, and cutting back on those non-essential items.
On top of that, to keep up with the increasing prices, home cooks are leaning towards budget-conscious dishes and scratch recipes. They are also using added inflation-friendly ingredients such as canned seafood, potatoes, citrus fruits, and even some cheeses.
4. Healthier Comfort Foods
From prebiotic sodas and high-fiber tortillas to vegan macaroni to low-sugar chocolate and cheese, crave-worthy products which are good for you will be in higher demand in 2023.
Those who are planning to steer away from fad and restrictive diets are choosing to add healthier versions of their favorite foods as a part of their standard eating plan.
5. Sober-conscious Beverage Options
There is already an increase in the popularity of non-alcoholic wine, spirits, and beers, which is more likely to continue to thrive this 2023.
Consumers participating in the sober-conscious movement aren’t basically non-drinkers, but those taking from drinking booze or simply opting for low-alcohol and non-alcohol substitutes both are home and when out.
6. Gut and Brain Health
An increase in nutrition studies’ results on digestive and brain health is leading to improved awareness of how food choices may impact the risk of everyday wellness, mental health, and chronic disease.
Most people are taking a holistic approach to their health and are engrossed in optimizing their performance by eating foods that promise great results.
Supplements and foods with essential nutrients for a balanced gut and healthy mind are increasing in demand.
7. More Filipino Cuisine
Ube, the purple yam that stars in most Filipino desserts, has been uber-trendy over the past few years. That’s why experts think 2023 will be the year that Filipino cuisine is honored and valued in the mainstream food scene.
Filipino restaurants are also becoming more famous dining destinations, with others booking months prior.