4 Emerging Food Trends For 2021

We’re shining a light on the food trends that are emerging in 2021. From more plant-based options to a focus on sustainability – it’s a refreshing start to the New Year. 

The new decade brought with it a change of pace and a shift in priorities. And now, it’s even started to shape our global food trends for 2021.

In 2020 we swapped buying bread for baking. 
Eating on the go to sharing food with family. 
Meat for plant-based alternatives. 
Processed food for raw ingredients. 

Food became more than just sustenance – it was a source of comfort, connection and holistic wellbeing. And there’s no sign of that changing anytime soon: A recent report released by ADM shares the expected shift toward cleaner, greener and more responsible food choices in 2021. 

And while there’s little to celebrate in the grip of a pandemic – these four new trends offer a shimmer of hope in the New Year.

  1. More Foods To Support Your Body and Mind
    Conscious consumers are seeking foods that will boost their mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. After all, 2020 taught us just how fragile our own wellbeing can be. And with a growing focus on mental health, ingredients that boost brain health and mood will continue to be in the limelight for 2021.

  2. More Plant-Based Food Options
    Plant-based diets have been growing in popularity for several years now. But in 2021, the meat-free options are set to soar. There is a particular focus on high protein products, such as alternative cheeses and seafood.

  3. A Focus On Sustainability
    Did you know that up to 65% of consumers say that they want to make a positive impact on our planet? This explains the drive toward more plant-based alternatives and innovative biodegradable packaging. Consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of how what we eat can impact the environment and our community.

  4. Food To Honour your Gut Microbiome
    In the words of Hippocrates, “all disease begins in the gut.” And this past year has shone a light on the importance of the gut microbiome for overall wellbeing. Research shows that our gut can influence mood, nerve cell function, inflammation responses, immunity and mental and physical health. 

The recent report also highlights the push toward honest product labels, nutrient-dense pet food, responsible livestock feeding and less plastic waste.  It’s a positive sign for what’s to come in 2021.

So, did these food trends resonate with you? 

If you’re looking for a nourishing and sustainable food source in 2021 – Hemp food is rich in protein, Omega fatty acids, fibre, antioxidants, vitamin E and many health-giving minerals. What’s more, the plant is just as good for the planet as it is for you. It’s fast-growing, captures more CO2 than trees and requires minimal chemicals to grow. It’s a delicious boost for our mental and physical wellbeing. And isn’t that what we all need in 2021? 

Samantha is an ethical copywriter from the Mornington Peninsula. She’s an Environmental Science grad, outdoor enthusiast and the founder of Copy Circle.