It's hard to believe, but we're coming to the end of another year and we are looking forward to what another will bring. So what's down the road in 2019?
We're living in a culinary golden age of sorts, and each year, it seems to get better and better as we face newer challenges. We find new innovations almost daily. Every year there are new global cuisines that gain popularity. Technology is changing how restaurants and foodservice operations function. And of course, we find new challenges with changing regulations, labor, and cost of goods.
There are already a number of articles out there talking about what we can expect in 2019, so for your convenience, we searched through a good number of them and pulled out the following trends that seemed to be the most prevalent.
Here are four culinary trends to look for in 2019.
1) Health is becoming more personalized, and nutrition is playing a huge role in that.
For starters, more and more people are wearing devices that can monitor exercise, heart rate, and other biological indicators we pay attention to for better health. At the same time, nutritional information will be easier to access with the advent of new applications and artificial intelligence devices like Siri and Alexa. Even more space age, people are now able to get full DNA makeups to coordinate their meal choices according to a personal genetic map.
2) N/A is coming.
Non-alcohol and low alcohol is just beginning. There will be a huge wave over the next several years in the N/A segment. Craft breweries are making flavorful N/A options these days. There are new types of beverages gaining popularity like kombucha. Mocktails are taking up more menu space. And even the giants like AB InBev are projecting that 20 percent of their total sales will fall in the low- and non-alcoholic segment over the next decade.
3) Look for foods from Ghana, Nigeria, and other West African countries.
Have we moved beyond Filipino and Middle Eastern foods? Probably not quite. But look for growth in other global cuisines in 2019, specifically those of West Africa. Think vibrant, spicy meats that are stewed in a large pot.
4) Foods will have even more focus on health.
People want to eat healthier, and one of the main ways Americans are doing so is by reducing the amounts of meats they eat. In 2019, plant-based proteins will continue to rise. Other healthy eating trends will be the use of probiotics and the occurrence of low-FODMAP diets that are designed for people who have trouble digesting short-chain carbohydrates and sugar alcohols.