Top 4 Trends In The F&B Industry - 2016

Posted: Thursday 23, 2016

Trends come and go. Some stay on for long while some have an ephemeral life. So, here is a list of the top trends of 2016 to help you plan better. Major shift to healthy alternatives With consumers becoming more selective about what they eat and increasingly aware of nutritional value of food, we should get to see more healthy options on the menu. Things like kale and quinoa have already made their mark and now it’s time for variants like flavoured yogurt, black raspberries, baobab and moringa to add to the glamour of your menu options. Consumers are opting for gluten-free flours which are prepared from legumes, ancient grains, teff, amaranth and nuts. For example, chickpea flour is in demand and legume based flours are finding use in pastas and other packaged foods. Presently, the demand for gluten-free products is unprecedented and the trend will continue through 2016 for sure. Whole Foods This year, more uncommon varieties of seafood and meat will make their way to consumers’ plates. Also, we shall get to see a lot more of fermented foods and probiotics on the shelves. As consumers demand to know more about the food they consume, they will increasingly look for transparency before purchasing anything from a super market or ordering something off your menu. For example, gluten-free, dairy-free, wheat-free or non-GMO – a modern consumer would want to all that he can about his food. Dehydrated foods From kale to quinoa chips, dried foods had gained immense popularity in 2015 and a lot of other products are being and will be added to this category soon. This year, we may find many new entrants like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, parsnip etc. Sugar and Pulses Given that India has the highest incidence of Diabetes in the world, there is increasing pressure on the F&B industry to do away with added sugar in food. Resultantly, natural sweeteners like stevia, maple syrup, agave syrup, monk fruit, date sugar, and coconut palm sugar, will may serve as the perfect good alternatives. Also, pulses will be in demand this year and apprehending that, as the United Nations has christened 2016 as the International Year of Pulses (IYP)! As IYP aims to increase awareness about the health benefits of pulses and its sustainability quotient, their demand is likely to increase simultaneously.