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Top 10 Food Trends for 2020

What is 2020 hiding for us in the food industry and trends? We list below the top 10 food predictions for 2020, according to Amazon’s Whole Foods.

1- Creating healthier comfort food
Since 2019, people have been looking for healthier alternatives to their usual comfort foods, and we have seen a rise in zucchini noodles. In 2020, cauliflower is expected to make its way into comfort-food zone, with items such as cauliflower pizza and cauliflower mashed potatoes hitting the market. 

2- New flours
As more people are opting for trendy diets that reject wheat flour, and are mostly gluten-free, new types of flours are expected to hit the market for better baking experiences. Some predict that we will have fruit and vegetable flours, like banana flour and cauliflower flour. Packaged goods such as chips and other snacks are also expected to be made with alternative flours.

3- Foods from West Africa
More and more traditional West African flavors are making their way in food and beverages, especially since this region is known for its superfoods that boost health and longevity. In addition to tomatoes, onions and chili peppers, it is expected for more peanuts, ginger and lemongrass to become a healthy addition to dishes. Plants such as moringa and tamarind are also expected to be used more in 2020, as well as West African cereal grains such as millet, sorghum, teff and fonio.

4- Refrigerated, ‘single-serve’ packaged goods
With “grab and go” snacking on the rise, we will be seeing more and more refrigerated healthy snacks being sold at supermarkets and grocery stores. We can expect to see single-serve packages of snacks like pickled vegetables, hard-boiled eggs available for a ready-to-go snack option.

5- Plant-based products, not just from soy
In 2020, we can expect to get protein from plants other than soy as the plant-based movement continues to boom. Brands will start to use pumpkin, avocado, grains, and golden chlorella, which is a type of algae, as a substitute for meat proteins.

6- Different butters and spreads
Many brands are looking to replace palm oil with nuts that have a less environmental impact, and we can expect a rise in alternative spreads and nut butters beyond the usual peanuts, almonds, cashews and tahini spread, such as watermelon seeds or pumpkin butter.

7- Organic options for kids
With kids and millennials having a more sophisticated palate, kids’ menus in 2020 will become organic with options like organic chicken nuggets, pasta made from alternative flours, and non-breaded salmon fish sticks.

8- Sugar and syrup substitutes
Instead of syrups and sweeteners made from typical sugars, stevia, honey and maple syrup, in 2020, syrups made from monk fruit, pomegranates, coconut or dates may be common, along with syrups made from starches, like sorghum or sweet potato, according to Whole Foods.

9- Plant-meat blended products
The year 2020 will also be the year of plant-meat blended products, as brands are expected to launch more blends like beef with pea protein, or chicken with chickpeas, and even nuggets made from chicken with cauliflower.

10- Alcohol-alternative drinks
When it comes to alcohol, predictions are that by 2022, the market for low-alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages is set to grow by 39%, and alcohol alternatives will increase in popularity in the coming years. These drinks will be distilled just like alcohol, but from botanical-infused faux spirits.

Christelle Bedrossian
Beirut, Lebanon

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Dietitian Christelle Bedrossian