As we approach the new year, it’s a good time to check out what those in the know think about what trends and changes will look like in the culinary world in 2024.
A few tips came to me while attending a panel of industry experts at the recent Retail Food and Consumer Lifestyle Vision Panel event. We also consulted Culinary Visions, a renowned Chicago-based culinary trend forecasting company.
5 key insights from Culinary Visions
The culinary adventure continues. Culinary adventures have become a welcome pastime for today’s consumers who enjoy exploring new foods and cuisines. According to a study by Culinary Visions, 76% of consumers surveyed consider themselves adventurous, whether at home or eating out. Additionally, 84% said they enjoy being creative in the kitchen.
Collaboration drives innovation. Mutual respect and admiration among industry professionals has further deepened the partnership between chefs, restaurant development groups, retailers, farmers, and suppliers. As the lines between foodservice and retail channels continue to blur, consumers are appreciating new options. For example, 71% of consumers surveyed said the idea of a box of groceries hand-picked by a restaurant chef was appealing, while 71% of consumers surveyed said the idea of a box of groceries hand-picked by a restaurant chef was appealing, while at the same time they found the idea of a restaurant chef and local farmer working together to create meal kits. I answered that I was interested in making one.
Careful sourcing is appreciated. Consumers are interested in understanding the origins of the ingredients in their food and drinks and how the people involved in providing their favorite ingredients can live sustainably. . 79% of consumers surveyed by Culinary Visions want to know as much as possible about the food they eat, and are more likely to order products where they know not only the country or region of origin but also the specific farm. I answered that I like it.
Food creates community. 65% of consumers surveyed by Culinary Visions said they enjoy eating out with friends more than sharing a virtual experience.
Daily life has become easier. Today’s consumers want comfort in their daily lives as much as variety and flavor in their meals and snacks. His 68% of consumers agreed that using pre-prepared sauces and seasonings makes home cooking easier. They also prefer takeout for items that are difficult to make at home. Most people also prefer restaurants for international cuisine with flavors that are not easily prepared at home.
Vision panel trends
meal kit. While it continues to grow among groups accustomed to home-cooked meals, this business model is proving difficult for large companies such as grocers, chefs, and restaurateurs who have traditionally offered locally available, high-quality meal kits. Questions remain as to whether it is sustainable.
cooked food. These options are thriving as consumers look for easy meals for both small and large households.
culinary renaissance. This trend, spurred by the pandemic days of 2020, keeps families cooking. However, young people are more likely to go out and socialize at restaurants and bars.
delivery. The momentum to make daily life easier continues.
Other people can buy my list. Click-and-collect technology has become the norm post-pandemic, with digital ordering with pickup and delivery eliminating the need to enter the grocery store.
sustainable packaging. Consumers are more aware than ever of the large amounts of waste produced by households and are seeking more sustainable alternatives.
home entertainment. Consumers are embracing the new era with imagination and enthusiasm.
Year-round farmers market. Fresher food is attractive as markets and community-supported agriculture increase access across the country.
Inflation-adjusted budget and premium ingredients. Inflation has led consumers to cook healthier meals at home on a lower budget, as unique, high-quality ingredients become more widely available and better eating habits become available. I am.
frozen food – Today’s freezers are no longer considered “despair meals.” Easy and exceptional meals are always at hand.
All plant-based. A wider range of manufactured plant-based products designed to attract omnivorous diners as supermarkets add green butchers to help consumers better understand a broader produce offering is provided to the consumer.
Stay healthy on the go. From on-the-run protein punches to functional snacks, Millennials and Gen Z people are increasing their demand for functional foods to feed their busy, time-starved lifestyles.
TikTok cooking. Social media is driving the food experience of younger generations, which includes everything from prep tips to mash-ups of diseased elements.
Chef as today’s oracle. Chefs have become a trusted source of knowledge beyond the menu, with famous chefs promoting philanthropy and inspiring others to do good.
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fearless cuisine. Sous vide cooking is becoming a mainstream cooking technique.
small spell. Airfryer and Instapot are bringing new interest to home cooking, with appliances that make cooking at home easier.
A homage to heritage. Traditional recipes are on the rise, and baking has become especially popular during the pandemic.
Global taste and technology. Increasing interest in global flavors has led to increased interest in cooking techniques that are faithful to specific cuisines.
family meal. Trusted recipes and home-cooked meals from multiple generations of family and friends are on the rise.
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