Global Food and Drink Trends for the Next Ten Years    

By Linda Winick

The food, drink, and foodservice industries have been changing rapidly, keeping pressure on marketers to keep up. Taking the long view, what are the three key trends that will shape business over the next ten years?

Market researcher Mintel expects to see consumers further prioritizing plants in their diets, with the planet’s health in mind as much as their own. Food waste will lead the way for more sustainable consumption and innovation: For example, beer made from rejected cereal pieces, and containers made from organic mushroom waste.

According to Mintel, consumers will gain a better understanding of what makes them unique using health testing services, artificial intelligence-enabled apps, and increased personal data collection. Meanwhile, with consumers expected to live longer, many will want to learn how their diet can benefit long-term cognitive health.

Expect to see brands use science and technology to create new products, shorten production time, and confirm trustworthiness, Mintel says. Meanwhile, new ingredient growing regions, such as those in Africa and India, and agricultural innovations, including floating farms, will emerge to tackle global food insecurity.

Alex Beckett, Associate Director, Mintel Food & Drink, understands how issues of health, technology, and trust will inspire formulation, packaging, marketing, and more in the years to come. Here are his three key trends that will shape the business over the next ten years:

Change, Incorporated: Successful companies will be those that improve the health of the planet and its population.

“In the next decade, consumers will be hungry for leadership and demonstrable change on environmental issues, ethical business practices, public health, and other important causes. Consumers will reward brands that take action and improve important societal issues. The companies that will win in the next 10 years will be those that fuel the new era of conscious consumption. Tomorrow’s conscious consumers will be looking for eco-friendly packaging and products, while also seeking guidance on how to make their diets more sustainable.”

Smart Diets: Technology will enable consumers to construct hyper-individualized approaches to physical and mental health.

“Looking ahead, more consumers will be able to gain in-depth knowledge of their biology through personal health testing kits, which will empower them to personalize their diet and health regimes. Analysis of these tools will inform consumers of the steps they need to take to address every aspect of their health, including brain and emotional wellbeing. As a result, in order to succeed over the next decade, brands will need to offer more personalized product offerings, develop smart home solutions, and assist consumers in addressing mood and brain health.”

High-Tech Harvests: Consumer trust in food science and technology will strengthen as these become vital tools to save the food supply.

“Science will interlace with the food supply chain to boost yields and combat climate change. Celebrating the sustainable, health, and cost benefits of lab-grown food will be crucial in educating consumers about nature-identical alternatives. But the food and drink industry will be compelled to elevate the role of nature, and humans, in the storytelling of these new, modern solutions. Transparency of information is essential to building trust in a future where scientists play as integral a role as farmers. And championing the people behind the food—whether it is grown in a laboratory or a field—will remain a timeless way of building trust with consumers.”

                                                                       Early January 2020
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