Posted by: Malisa Meresman in: Food/Beverage -
It’s that time of year. We’re looking at 2018 in the rearview mirror, while scanning ahead to what 2019 has in store… or in stores (and bars and restaurants, for that matter). From the results of our newly released 2019 Food & Beverage Beat, we could be in for a wild ride.
We’re hearing about a renewed focus on gut health, and consumers are looking for foods and beverages that are naturally beneficial to the gut microbiome. This trend is playing out in a couple of ways. For one, there’s a desire to return to simpler, traditional preparations of foods, not to mention easily recognizable ingredients. Another offshoot is the increase of naturally fermented foods on store shelves. Already causing buzz and prompting questions, fermented foods are intriguing for their simplicity, heritage and health benefits.
Wine is popular, as ever, with consumers thirsting to learn more and try more from various regions, including Oregon, Spain, France and Australia. Oenotourism is expected to gain even more traction, as millennials, in particular, seek to quell their wanderlust and enrich their cultural appreciation with more hands-on, creative or collaborative experiences. For those who remain at home, even everyday wines offer an opportunity to explore the far corners of the world.
There’s more – think CBD, vintage spirits, no-proof drinks, instant coffee, plant-based menus – and more, but you’ll have to read about it all here.
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