Food Trends That Are About To Take Over 2020

Food Trends That Are About To Take Over 2020

Let’s talk 2020 food trends, and find out
what new foods the experts think we’re going to be seeing in our social media feeds once
the new year arrives and what current food trends are going to get even bigger. Seaweed has been a dietary staple for a long,
long time, but according to analysts at NPD Group, 2020 is going to be the year when seaweed
becomes more than just a staple for certain parts of the world. They say not only is it one of the fastest-growing
trends in restaurants, but you’re going to be seeing more and more seaweed-based snack
foods, like chips, claiming valuable shelf space in grocery stores across the country. So first thing’s first: Why? Well, it’s good for you. Healthline says it’s been linked with supporting
thyroid function and gut health, as well as being a good source of vitamins and antioxidants. Mara Seaweed says it’s also completely sustainable,
grows without using resources needed by other crops, grows very fast, and removes CO2 from
the atmosphere. It’s no wonder that Prepared Foods is calling
seaweed 2020’s hot ingredient. It’s no secret that plant-based meat alternatives
have been big, and it’s likely they’ll continue to rise in popularity. Jackfruit is among those, and if you haven’t
heard of it or tried it yet, it’s pretty cool. A single jackfruit can weigh up to 100 pounds,
although 10 to 25 pounds is more average. It’s traditionally found in Southeast Asia
and the Pacific, and you can use the fruit, leaves, and seeds. It’s incredibly versatile. You can eat jackfruit raw, dry it, fry it,
turn it into jam, or, when it’s prepared the right way, it’s a strangely accurate substitute
for pulled pork. It’s also pretty good when it comes to substituting
for something like mutton, and in Bengali households where it’s been used as a staple
for generations it’s even known as “tree goat.” It gets better: jackfruit is low-calorie,
low-carb, high in protein, fiber, and vitamins. It’s also a hardy crop that requires little
irrigation. Just think of all those super-creative jackfruit
tacos, sliders, and bowls just waiting to be made, photographed, and put on Instagram! Go to any coffee shop worth its salt and you’ll
find at least a few non-dairy milk options. Soy milk and almond milk are pretty popular,
but according to Bloomberg, oat milk is poised to be the next big thing in non-dairy milk
for 2020. The people making those predictions are basing
a large part of that on Oatly, a massive Swedish company who have recently invested $15 million
in opening an oat processing plant in New Jersey. Between 2017 and 2019, oat milk sales have
jumped from $4.4 million to $29 million. Given those numbers, it’s no wonder Oatly
decided to hop on this bandwagon and even kick-start a program encouraging Midwestern
farmers to grow oats as well as the more typical corn and soy crops. They’re not the only game in town and other
beverage manufacturers are gearing up to release their oat milk offerings, which experts say
is just another way plant-based foods are moving into the more mainstream market. In August 2019, Nielsen found that the previous
years’ retail sales figures for sparkling water had reached $2.45 billion and they were
still climbing. If you think you’ve seen a lot of sparkling
water on shelves in 2019, buckle up, because there’s going to be even more in 2020. Coca-Cola is going to be officially entering
the market with a flavored seltzer called Aha, “Aha. Aha.” and they’re definitely not the only new players
in the game. You can also pick up bottles from smaller
companies like Richard’s Rainwater. That’s exactly what it sounds like: it’s rainwater
collected, carbonated, then sold in bottles. “Rain…is that what you call this? I like it.” There are fruit waters and flavored waters,
sure, but companies are experimenting with infusing their waters with everything from
vitamin C and electrolytes to CBD oil. They’re marketing them as healthy — and
they’re definitely better than sugar- and calorie-filled sodas. For a long time, there were meat burgers and
then there were veggie burgers. Veggie burgers weren’t just vegetarian, they
had an inevitably weird texture and they were, well, strange. Things have started changing in recent years,
with the creation of products like the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burgers. They’ve managed to do something most meat
alternatives have failed at, which is, basically, taste like something you’d actually want to
eat. “100 percent meatless. Yes, please. Another, please.” That’s clearly important. Like vegan activist Ed Winter told CNBC, it’s
not about getting people to become vegan, it’s about getting the options out there. According to Vox, the meat-free burger industry
is ending 2019 with a lot of people still on the fence, and it’s entirely possible this
could go either way. But according to The Washington Post, cattle
ranchers are worried. Meat-free burgers are turning into a very
real threat. Companies that have traditionally dealt in
meat are working on their own meat alternatives. And more restaurant chains — like Burger
King, White Castle, and Carl’s Jr. — have either introduced meatless “meat” products
or announced they’re working on it. Morningstar has also said they’ll be completely
vegan by 2021. But there’s still a lot of debate. Are plant-based burgers healthier, or are
they just more highly processed and, well, not that great? That’s a conversation still to come, and as
they continue to get more and more trendy, we’ll be hearing more about it in 2020. It won’t just be burgers and meat that will
be changing in 2020 according to experts from Boston, going entirely plant-based will be
more and more trendy. “Give me the damn veggies.” What does that mean? We’re going to see hashtags popping up in
2020 that describe dishes made with things like nuts, legumes, and whole grains, and
some grocery stores are already ahead of the game. Think of options like Trader Joe’s cauliflower
gnocchi, and their pizza crusts made from veggies. Making the switch to veganism is tough, “Freeze! Vegan police. Vegan Police. Todd Ingram, you’re under arrest for Vegany
violation” but the Association of UK Dieticians says
there are other options lacto-ovo vegetarians, for example, don’t eat meat, poultry, or seafood,
but they do eat eggs and dairy. There are a ton of options out there, and
if there’s anything that people love to do, it’s hop on board with this diet or that one. Fitt says there are more and more people doing
just that. Between 2016 and 2019, there’s been a 600
percent increase in the number of Americans who identify as vegans. With a wider availability of plant-based meal
options from breakfast sandwiches to gnocchi, you’d better believe it that more and more
people are going to be sharing photos of their plant-based meals on Instagram. “Why are you eating stem first? This is a new food for me. How else should I eat it. The other way.” It’s becoming more and more well known just
how bad plastics are for the environment, and one of the easiest ways to make a difference
is to skip on the plastic straws. According to The New York Times, it’s no longer
a matter of just skipping straws. While many restaurants and fast food chains
have made the switch to paper straws, well, they’re kind of terrible, too, aren’t they? Enter the reusable straw. Everyone’s making them, from brand new, grassroots
companies on Kickstarter to Tiffany & Company. Their bendy straws will set you back a few
hundred bucks, but they’re gold and silver, so there’s that. There are a ton of other options, though,
and some of them are surprisingly neat. Many come with their own carrying cases, they
come in a myriad of colors and patterns, and there are even heat-resistant ones for the
coffee lover. They come with cleaning kits and brushes,
they come straight or bendy, and some are big enough to handle the most stubborn milkshake. “I drink it up!” There are even disposable but plastic-free
straws made to be biodegradable and compostable, says CNet, so whatever you prefer, there’s
an option out there. And that’s a good thing. Straw shaming is actually a thing on social
media, so it’s only a matter of time before these trendy, eco-friendly straws go super
trendy as 2020’s answer to reusable water bottles. Few grocery stores are trendier than Whole
Foods, and they get that reputation by having their finger on the pulse of social media. What do they see as being ultra-trendy in
2020? Alternative flours. And what on earth does that mean? They say bakers are going to start seeing
way more than just a few types of flour. 2020 is going to bring tigernut flour to shelves
and bulk bins, and some of the trendiest of stores are already offering things like tortillas
made with these kinds of alternative flours. “The tortillas are made with micro-financed
flour.” You’ll see more pastries and cookies made
with seed flours, for example, but you’ll also have the chance to experiment and make
your own. Always wish you could make your own pizza
crust with cauliflower flour or maybe even cookies with banana flour? Whole Foods says it’s going to be not just
trendy but it’ll almost certainly become widely available in 2020. That’s pretty exciting for bakers, and it’s
going to fill your social media with protein- and fiber-boosted treats made with exotic
flours from around the world. Who can’t get on board with that one? Whole Foods also says that 2020 might just
be the best thing to happen to breakfast and snacking in a long, long time. Why? Butters and spreads are poised to not just
take over grocery store shelves, but to get really, really wild. We’re used to peanut butter and even almond
butter, but how about pumpkin butter? Chickpea butter? Watermelon seed butter? Heck yes. “You shall receive butter’s luxurious comfort
in your mouth, without adding to the luxury of your waistline.” It’s going to up our bagel game, make toast
way more interesting, and you know that one person that always brings a veggie platter
to a cookout or a football game? They’re going to be bringing along some fun
butters and spreads that are going to make even the most stalwart carnivore reach for
the celery. Beer’s stranglehold on the canned booze market
is set to loosen in 2020, with a huge variety of pop-top spritzers, wines, and cocktails
starting to gain traction. According to Global NewsWire, we might not
just be on the cusp of a trend for the year — they’re looking at a decades-long trend
that’s going to see canned cocktails increase exponentially in popularity. The front-runners are expected to be canned
cocktails with fruit additives, which will be neck-and-neck with canned cocktails that
come with caffeine. And according to The Atlantic, canned cocktails
are pretty much the perfect fit for millennials. They’re convenient, recyclable, and they’re
much cheaper than getting a drink at a bar. That’s also going to be the case with spiked
seltzers. According to Business Insider, the spiked
seltzer market was worth around $550 million by the end of 2019, and that’s not too shabby
at all. But analysts say that’s just the start of
things, and by the time 2021 rolls around, they’re estimating it’s going to be worth
a whopping $2.5 billion. That’s a lot of growth in a relatively short
time, and that means a lot of Instagram photos. White Claw is leading the way, and at the
end of 2019 they clocked an impressive 223 percent growth. They’re not the only ones in the game, Anheuser-Busch
[AN-hy-zer BUSH] is jumping into the – um… water? With their own clear sparkling alcohol, creatively
called: Bud Light Seltzer. But here’s the hilarious thing spiked seltzer
is not new. If you’re of a certain age, you might remember
Zima. “Are those free range burgers? Who cares. Have a Zima.” It was essentially spiked seltzer, but it
was never cool or trendy. It disappeared in 2008, but it’s made a few
modern appearances in limited release thanks to the rising trend of alcoholic seltzer. We’re still not entirely sure that’s a good
thing. “Can’t I have a cool, refreshing Zima? No Zima. Shut your face about the Zima.” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Mashed videos about your favorite
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83 thoughts on “Food Trends That Are About To Take Over 2020

  1. Nutrition is big business…. no different than big pharma… and what they're selling you changes all the time so you keep throwing your money at them… What they say is good for you this year is going to kill you next year and what they say is bad for you this year will be the next super food next year.

  2. We got a beyond meat burger at hardees. Still not vegan because the charbroiler cooks real meat and leaves fat behind on the catcher, and BM lands in that beef fat lmao. Hardee's sucks.

  3. Carls Western 6 Dollar Burger, Fanta large with free PLASTIC straw and large curly fries. The vegan stuff is for people with TDS.

  4. I'm gonna make a huge crock pot full of delicious juicy porky pulled pork and a huge pepperoni pizza with white flour dough and tag them #JackfruitpulledPork and #CauliflourCrustPizza just so I can fuck with people and get the best of both worlds.

  5. I started using reusable straws at the tail end of 2019, and they're amazing. I bought one at my local bagel shop and my aunt got me a whole pack, so I always keep several in my bag and they're super easy to rinse.

    I love seaweed salad at Japanese restaurants and from the prepared Japanese section. Not sure how else I'd eat it, though.

  6. I had some of these products before. I never had jackfruit, fresh meatless burgers or a few of the other things on this list. On a flip note, I did try the Impossible Whopper from BK last summer. It almost tasted like beef. There was a subtle difference, but I guess I noticed it because I'm a meat eater. LOL Flour alternatives are nothing new. However, if I were to fry chicken for one of my dad's first cousins (my 1st cousin once removed) who I think has celiac disease, I would have to use gluten free flour and seasonings. I didn't know hemp drinks were on the market. 😯

  7. Soy is known to create an estrogen filled atmosphere in the body regardless of sex. In case you're wondering there are two of those. Look into your pants and figure out which one you associate with the most. And choose that one. This is the same generation that doesn't know the difference between laundry detergent and food.

  8. These food trends are all wrong. Just eat real fuckin' food… people are sick of "food 'a' pretending to be food 'b' ". Just give me the best burger made with grass fed meat and raised humanely and you can have the vegan shit with 50 ingredients- (half of which no one has heard of) and pretend it tastes like beef!

  9. Food trends are dumb as fuck.
    Oh, it's a new year. Let's eat some stupid as fuck nasty weird food now.
    Because food from the previous year don't taste good anymore.

  10. the switch to veganism is tough said no one. man was designed to eat meat, how our eyes are focused straight ahead, canine teeth. no one will switch to being vegans, in fact alot of vegans are leaving the lifestyle

  11. McDonald's has also tried to venture into meatless products, but every meat alternative company keeps reluctantly turning them down because they can't provide enough meat alternative patties.

  12. The old problem with seaweed is you need to eat it over a long period for your bodies to be able to absorb the beneficial vitamins and many ways that it is prepared strips away those vitamins.

  13. Seaweed chips??? If i wanted to eat healthy i would eat vegetables and fruits. Junk food mixed with fruit or vegetable flavor makes no sense. I mean if they go through with the effort of making chips or any food like that then why can’t they just eat vegetables or fruit? I rather eat meat that came directly from a cow, then a meat thats been through chemicals and machines and god knows what the fuck else they been through.

  14. The ingredients in meatless burger isΒ garbage it isΒ very bad for you. It is all about depopulation . Next big burger will be made with worms and roaches. Mark my words. Stop being freaking robots .

  15. The straw is the ultimate strawman argument for environmentalists. I don't know the solution but straws are NOT the problem.

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  17. I like sparkling water. And I’m glad they have more alternative flours for people who can’t eat gluten or soy. The meat alternatives are iffy, I personally will be eating meat until I die

  18. In 2020 I am inventing a water bottle that is water-soluble so it disintegrates when it comes in contact with water. #save the ocean

  19. Let's save the planet by not using plastic straws, which make up less than 1% of the plastic waste in the ocean. That's got to help, right?

  20. Plant-based burgers, if you look at the ingredients, are a whole lot of nothing for a whole bunch of money. Most people I know will be sticking to eating real meat. So, Y'all can pay $20 for a bunch of plant fiber and fat on a bun, with condiments, if you want to. We'll be over here, eating the real deal.

  21. Plant based cost more than a beef burger. These plant based makers are jacking up the prices because they know people are trying to cut back on beef.

  22. Too much plant based garbage which is good the useful idiots will eat it leaving the real food meat for the smart people..You eat that soy slop ……

  23. Started in Europe in the beginning of the 90's, you Americans thinks you are the first, but always ending up the last LOL

  24. I've tried jackfruit as a BBQ meat substitute before. NOT a fan. Also it was pricier than the meat options where I went. Be wary, it's called a trend for a reason.

  25. These plant based burgers aren’t good for you look up the estrogen levels in them and the side effects that come with too much

  26. The oat milk trend will likely stay around for another reason: the USDA has recommended for almost 100 years growing oats as part of a crop rotation to keep farm fields fertile in the US Midwest. As such, there is plenty of oats to go around to expand the production of oat milk. I wonder why PepsiCo, who owns Quaker Oats, didn't jump on the oat milk scene many years ago.

  27. Plant based "meat" is already nearing the end of its popularity, and it's not even the end of 2020. It comes after revealing the ingredients that are in it, its nutritional value, and the fact the people already know that Burger King's Impossible Whopper, alone, might literally have 18 million times the amount of estrogen as a standard Whopper.

  28. "No meat burgers are becoming a real threat."
    Me: (rubbing hands together evilly). Good, good.

    And plant based isn't a fad diet. It's a lifestyle.

  29. great.. now my cheap seaweed snack is going to be more expensive, its already more expensive thanks to the salted egg chips craze (seaweed/fish skin/other chips)

    reusable straw…. why not just drink from the cup? as for milkshake/iceblends, why not wafer rolls coated in chocolate. its just a bit more for the calories in that cup.

    guess people swinging back to fats(butter) after villifying sugar.. balance/moderation people

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