The global pandemic posed significant challenges, but it also offered us a chance to explore more options especially in the food industry. Here are examples of some trends we observed:
1. Frozen food
We're typically told to choose our food based on its 'freshness.' However, it is a frequent misconception that all fresh meals are healthier and more delicious than frozen ones.
Numerous studies (such as Eat Right) comparing the nutritional value of fresh and frozen veggies found no differences in the vitamins and minerals available in each. Freezing is a natural technique for humans to preserve food, and we've been doing it for a long time.
For more information, you may check the Suprima Bakeries website.
Koji is a fungus also known as ‘aspergillus oryzae’ that is often used in Japanese cuisine. It is responsible for fermenting soybeans into soy sauce and miso paste, among other things. For years, some chefs have used koji behind the scenes, but today it's a star ingredient on restaurant menus in New York and London.
3. Chocolate that is vegan
Plant-based chocolate isn't new, but it's finally making its way into the mainstream. Lindt introduced two new vegan bars in January of this year, after Nestlé's vegan KitKat and Hershey's oat-milk bars, all of which debuted in 2021. Luxe chocolate brand Firetree has developed five vegan variants, which proves that the demand is getting higher.
When we started out to investigate our 2022 food trends, we thought long and hard about what our lives are like right now. We understand that you may still be cooking a lot, nibbling throughout the day, relying on food to make you feel better, trying new flavours and textures, developing new beverage rituals, and choosing items that are better for the environment.
We hope you are as excited as we are for what is to come!