The Foodie Edit: 7 January

Charcoal is so last year. Check out what will be filling our Insta-feeds for 2019 as we unveil the predictions for items set to grace our shopping lists

Avocado ice-cream
Ice cream is getting innovative using bases such as avocado, hummus, tahini and coconut water. Some brands are moving beyond ice cream all together, with frozen cheese swirls, Taiwanese snow ice, and Mexican nieves de garrafa on the cusp of going mainstream.
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Pacific Rim flavours
Flavours from the Pacific Rim look set to dominate the shelves with colourful fruits including guava, dragon fruit and passionfruit set to replace goji berries. Sugar and meat substitutes are also in the pipeline thanks to the rise in demand for jackfruit (regularly used to replace pulled pork) while luo han guo – a sweet-tasting fruit – is now used as a natural sweetener.

Probiotics
Although there is insufficient evidence to support the health claims surrounding probiotics, the supplement is on the rise. According to retailer, Whole Foods, wellness-focused brands are embracing the health movement with the launch of granolas, nut butters and soups all containing the widely-hailed product.

CBD oil
Cannabidiol or CBD oil is making health and beauty headlines with increasing numbers of people trialling the hemp-based product in a bid to lessen the symptoms of stress and anxiety.

Plant-based foods
Courtesy of the rise in flexitarianism, plant-based foods are selling fast with increasing numbers of people turning their backs on meat. Mushrooms are playing a big role in the market while egg white crisps, veggie jerkies and faux bacon snacks selling well.

Marine munchies
Seaweed snacks have increased in recent years and now other ocean-inspired greens such as seaweed butter and kelp noodles are set to become big news. Puffed snacks made from water lily seeds, plant-based tuna alternatives with algae ingredients and crispy salmon skins packed with omega-3 are all on the agenda for 2019.

Upgraded snack time
There looks to be a rise in luxe snack time with an increasing desire for “portable snack packages”. Look out for bite-sized treats such as prosciutto and aged mozzarella while artisanal versions of the traditional cheese sandwich are also set to grow in popularity.

Eco-conscious packaging
It’s not just what we’ll be eating next year which is set to change but our shopping habits too. After the success of shops charging customers for single use plastic bags, the distribution and sale of plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds could be banned by the end of this year.

And when you’re eating out?
Watch out for…the rise in Sri Lankan and Burmese cuisine * imaginative vegetarian and vegan menus whether fast food or fine dining * for meat lovers, more goat on the menu * eating and drinking in the same place as you do your shopping with deli-style bistros on the increase * and rum challenging gin as the drink of the moment.

Predictions courtesy of Whole Foods 

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