It’s only a matter of time before the dining trends begin making their way into the homes of people who love to cook, serve and entertain. According to FONA International, while trends have recently favored dining out versus staying home, a number of consumers are bringing their favorite types of dishes from their favorite restaurants back to their own tables.
So, what are the top trends that are poised to make waves through the rest of 2019? From CBD to doughnuts, here are the ones that FONA International predicts will be the focus of foodies throughout the rest of the year.
- CBD: As CBD has hit all types of dining – even fine dining – consumers are beginning to experiment with CBD-infused oils and other hemp derivatives. This trend, experts predict, will continue to grow as users become more comfortable using these products in cocktails and bites.
- Global Flavors: Middle Eastern and African flavors have been growing, as younger diners are looking for more adventurous flavor options. Today’s increasing consumer interest in global cuisine gives opportunity to translate into retail stores by providing consumers a way to bring far away flavors to a dish in the comfort of their own home.
- Plant-based options: With the increased availability of the Impossible Burger, meatless “chicken nuggets” and other plant-based options, consumers are giving this category a lot of love, whether just to try or as a permanent option. And, it’s not just plant-based food that is growing in popularity – FONA noted that plant-based beverages are also gaining traction, too.
- Doughnuts: Growing in popularity for some time, doughnuts are becoming a hit with consumers no matter how health-conscious they have become. This, said FONA, is for a variety of reasons including price, ability to customize, size (it’s enough for a sweet treat, but you don’t have to eat a whole cake) and, of course, the fact that it is an original, craft product that photographs well.