It’s that time of the year again where we hedge our bets on what'll be the next big thing in 2019. There is actual science behind this trend forecasting; there are 100’s of companies that capture customer search trend data. Pinterest is one of the bigger ones, however, Uber Eats also keep tabs on fast food habits. Most of the supermarkets are also fairly in the know on what shoppers are buying more of.
We've done our own digging and this week have come up with a list of what we think will be trending in 2019.
Our eternal thirst for non-dairy milk has reached new levels. Who knew you can actually get milk from green peas! This drink is totally vegan, nut free, soy free, lactose-free and gluten-free. It’s also better for the environment than almond milk which needs a lot of water AND it’s higher in protein and calcium.
If you don’t know, get to know. These delicious little Japanese desserts are typically made from pounded sticky rice and filled with flavoured ice cream. Want to see how they’re made? This video shows the traditional method of pounding the rice by one of Japan’s most famous Mochi makers. They’re also about to feature on our menu, so if you haven’t tried yet, order them with your next meal.
Gut health, it seems has been on trend the last 3 years on the bounce. Maybe it’s not so much as a trend, more of a household staple. Whether it’s Kimchi, Kombucha, Sauerkraut or Fermented Chilli Sauce we think this one is here to stay.
Tofu has become a more mainstream item of late. The challenge it has always had to overcome is that if not cooked properly it can be totally tasteless, until now. There has been a boom in flavoured tofu hitting our shelves and we expect to see this trend growing over the next year.
We spoke about this in last week’s newsletter but we thought it still deserves a mention as it’s the 2019 diet of the year. Want to read more? Get the full article here.
Low Alcohol Beers
A study by the University of Sussex showed that Dry January participants tend to drink less once they've felt the benefits of coming off alcohol. Due to this, we expect to now see a boom in low or non-alcohol beers, wines and cocktails for those people seeking a ‘drier life’. We recently came across 0.5% alcohol Lucky Saint which uses Bavarian brewing technique to create a delicious beer that tastes just like the real thing.
0% Plastic Packaging
For eco-conscious companies, going 100% recyclable isn’t good enough anymore because the material is still managing to find its way into the environment! A recent survey by Plymouth University found that plastic was found in a third of UK-caught fish, including cod, haddock, mackerel and shellfish. We expect to see a huge shift towards companies going zero plastic to try and undo some of this damage. By the end of 2019, we aim to make every bit of our packaging ‘plastic’ free. We will only use materials that are 100% compostable or biodegradable.