Key global food trends ready to serve in 2024

The culinary world is already buzzing with excitement, unveiling a myriad of food trends that promise to tantalise our taste buds and redefine our dining experiences. From innovative ingredients to sustainable practices, the food landscape is evolving as we speak and at a rapid pace.

That said, let’s delve into the key food trends that are set to dominate the scene in 2024.

Food Trend 1: Plant-Based Revolution

The plant-based movement continues to gain momentum, with an increasing number of people embracing a plant-centric diet. Beyond burgers and tofu, chefs are experimenting with a diverse array of plant-based ingredients, such as mushrooms, jackfruit, tempeh, and seaweed. Plant-based alternatives for traditional meat and dairy products are not just for vegans, they are becoming mainstream choices for health-conscious individuals seeking sustainable options.

Food Trend 2: Sustainable Food Solutions

By 2050, the global population is expected to hit 10 billion people. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the world will have to produce 56% more food to feed this population. Combined with global warming which will affect food security due to disruptions in food supply, and decreased access to food,  food shortage is a major concern. Food security requires innovative solutions to produce high nutrition value alternate crops that can be grown with a smaller carbon footprint. It also requires a stronger shift towards a flexitarian plant-based diet, and inclusion of new products like seaweed, edible insects and lab-grown meat. For seafood. lesser-known and underutilised fish species should be considered, as well as innovative aquaculture practices that will reduce the impact on marine ecosystems.

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Food Trend 3: Healthy Global Fusion

The world has become a global village and so has our food. Culinary traditions from various corners of the globe are blending together in exciting ways. Expect to see fusion dishes that combine the best elements of different cuisines, creating unique and mouth-watering flavour profiles. Chefs are experimenting with bold combinations, such as Korean-Mexican tacos or Indian-inspired pizza toppings, to offer a truly global culinary experience. With governments mandating the sale of healthier food and beverages to address consumer health and wellness trends, these new-age foods will have to be low in fat, saturated fat, sugar and sodium.

Food Trend 4: Tech-Enhanced Dining

Technology is leaving its mark on the dining experience, from smart kitchen appliances to augmented reality menus. Virtual dining experiences, where customers can enjoy a meal prepared by a renowned chef from the comfort of their homes, are gaining popularity. Additionally, smart packaging and delivery systems are ensuring that food reaches consumers in optimal condition, maintaining both quality and freshness.

Food Trend 5: Gut Health Boosters

The importance of gut health is taking centre stage, and fermented foods are becoming staples in many diets. Kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, miso, tempeh, yogurt and other probiotic-rich foods are not only delicious but also contribute to a healthy digestive system. Chefs are incorporating these gut-friendly food ingredients into their menus, and combining these with naturally gut-friendly prebiotic food like pulses, cauliflower, artichokes, raspberries, asparagus, garlic, onion, leeks, bananas, pears and watermelon.

Food Trend 6: Hyper-Local Ingredients

Consumers are increasingly seeking out food experiences that celebrate local flavours and ingredients. Chefs are forging relationships with local farmers and artisans to showcase the unique offerings of their regions. From hyper-local produce to regionally-inspired dishes, the emphasis is on supporting local communities and reducing the carbon footprint associated with food production and transportation.

As we navigate the ever-evolving culinary landscape of 2024, these key food trends promise a year of excitement, innovation, and a renewed appreciation for diverse and sustainable dining options. Whether you’re a seasoned foodie or someone eager to explore new flavours, get ready for a healthier culinary adventure that will transcend borders and traditions.

VeVeva Nutrition Pte Ltd established in 2019, is a nutrition consultancy for the food and beverage industry, individuals and groups. We provide holistic nutrition consultancy for innovations, communications and product promotions, from concept to launch. For more information, email: yashna.harjani@vevevanutrition.com.

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