Food retailers and supermarkets are always looking ahead to foresee and predict what will make its way to our kitchen in the coming months. The Independent newsgroup carried out an analysis to showcase what will be the food trends in 2022.
According to a variety of retail forecasts, "umami" will be the top food trend in 2022. However, this is a bit of a stretch; after all, umami is a taste, not a meal, and while the concept of a fifth basic taste has only recently gained popularity, the word was invented in 1908 by a Japanese scientist named Kikunae Ikeda.
Vegetarianism and veganism, as well as climatarianism (a diet focused on lowering your carbon impact), are predicted to grow in popularity, bringing with them additional plant-based options. As a result, plant-based milk is becoming more popular, with Mintel research estimating that one-third of Britons (32%) currently consume plant-based milk, up from 25% in 2020.
The Return of Fusion
In the last year, Pinterest's trend-spotting experts witnessed a 120 percent increase in searches for traditional Norwegian recipes and a more than 150 percent increase in searches for traditional South African dishes. Traditional Russian food searches increased, while traditional Arabic food searches doubled on the pinning site. "This year, Generation X and Boomers will say goodbye to over-the-top eating experiences and embrace their roots (or someone else's!)," Pinterest says in response to the findings.