Top 10 global food trends

Discover 2019’s global food trends and where to eat them.

From kombucha and turmeric lattes to kale and quinoa, Queenslanders are no strangers to global food trends.

Whole Food’s global experts have forecast the emerging flavours, products and culinary influences that will soon grace supermarket shelves and our plates.

1. Pacific Rim flavours

Inspired by Asia, Oceania and the western coasts of North and South America, vibrant tropical fruits such as guava and dragon fruit (aka pitaya) are making their way into colourful smoothie bowls and cocktails. 

Jackfruit is emerging as a tasty and popular alternative to pulled pork and an extract of monk fruit is tipped to replace agave syrup as the sweetener of choice.

Try the trend: Grab a Creative Gourmet Raspberry Dragon Fruit Superbowl when next  grocery shopping or try Jackfruit Tacos at Brewski.

2. Shelf-Stable Probiotics  

The probiotic trend shows no sign of slowing down, with its integration into shelf-stable food moving probiotics beyond refrigerated foods such as yoghurt, sauerkraut, tempeh and supplements.

Wellness-focused brands are making it easier to consume more probiotics by adding functional probiotic ingredients to your pantry staples in products like muesli, oatmeal, nut butters, soups and nutrition bars.

Even beauty brands are including prebiotic and probiotic-based ingredients in sunscreen and other topical body care.

Try the trend: Breakfast is sorted with FlapJacked Mighty Muffin with probiotics or Purely Elizabeth Probiotic Granola.

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3. Healthy fats

With the rising popularity of high-fat diets like keto, paleo and grain-free, fats have a starring role in a wide range of food.

High-protein and low-carb combos are set to dominate snacks with coconut butter-filled chocolates, ‘fat bombs’, popcorn made with ghee and vegan bullet coffees the top picks for the year.

Try the trend: Try a butter or coconut oil infused bullet coffee at your local café.

4. Hemp

Hemp was legalised in Australia as a food in late 2017 and health food shops have jumped on the trend with hemp milk, hemp seed oil and hemp protein readily available.

Hemp seeds contain protein, vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids but don’t have therapeutic effects due to low levels of cannabidiol, the active component of cannabis extracts used for medicinal purposes.

Try the trend: Replace olive oil in your cooking with cold-pressed extra-virgin hemp seed oil.

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5. Faux meat

While plant-based foods are not a new trend, more people are joining the meat-free movement. 

Whole Foods predict plant-based alternatives to jerky and pork rinds will appeal to those looking for meat-free alternatives to high protein snacks.

Try the trend: Snack on Louisville vegan jerky.

6. Eco-conscious packaging

It’s not just what we’re eating that’s expected to change this year. 

On the back of the single-use plastic bag ban, brands and consumers are looking at ways to reduce single use plastics.

Expect an emphasis on reusing, with more grocers, delis and butchers allowing customers to BYO reusable containers and multi-use beeswax food wraps replacing gladwrap to cover bowls or carry snacks

Try the trend: Grab some Bee Wrappy food wraps and learn wrapping techniques.

7. Guilt-free frozen treats

The range of vegan, low-calorie, high-protein dessert options is set to expand with a range of alternative flavours expected to hit the market this year.

Look out for ice cream flavours such as avocado, hummus, tahini and coconut water.

Swirls of artisanal cheese will replace swirls of caramel as new flavour combinations mix savoury and sweet.

Try the trend: Grab a scoop of avocado ice cream at Tropical Fruit World. 

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8. Marine greens

Seaweed snacks rose to popularity a couple of years ago and are enjoyed by the health-conscious.

Sea greens are showing up in dishes like seaweed butter and kelp noodles, while consumers are exploring new depths of ocean flavours with superfood properties like unique varietals of algae and kelp.

Puffed snacks made from water lily seeds, plant-based tuna alternatives with algae ingredients, crispy snackable salmon skins with omega-3s and kelp jerkies are just a few testing the waters.

Try the trend: Add Golden Kelp Granules to your stir fry or try Sea Tangle Kelp Noodles as an alternative to pasta. 

9. Snacks upgraded

Snacking is replacing the traditional three meals a day with an increase in high-quality, bite-size treats – think charcuterie or cheeseboards for one.

Portable snack packages will feature prosciutto and aged mozzarella and artisanal versions of classic snacks like cheese or peanut butter cracker sandwiches. 

Try the trend: DIY an individual cheese board with President Wee Brie, Habanero Monterey Jack cheese single serves and Couer Lion mini Brie.

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10. Shopping with a conscious

Shoppers expect more from the brands and businesses they choose to support in 2019. 

Thoughtful consideration behind purchases is moving beyond environmental and animal welfare to a new focus on human rights. 

Companies such as Loving Earth are fair trade-certified to ensure farmers and producers in developing countries receive fair payment for their products with better trading conditions.

All profits from Thankyou bottled water supports projects that fund water access, sanitation and maternal health care projects in developing countries. Unique codes on each product means consumers can see the details of the project that their purchase supports.

Try the trend: Try Loving Earth’s range of chocolates and Oxfam’s fair trade coffee capsules.