Food trends reflect popular changes that consumers have made in the way they purchase, prepare and serve food. Current trends indicate that Australians lead hectic lifestyles, appreciate technology and value the environment and sustainability, as well as have an interest in quality foods from different ethnic origins. They also have more foods available and have to make more decisions about foods they select.
Spotting trends in food is essential to understanding what food consumers are doing now and more importantly may be doing in the future.
TASK 1. 2013 Food Trends1. Access at the article links below on '2013 trends in food.'
1. Outline 10 trends currently associated with consumer food choices and styles.
Healthier snacks and comfort food
Sour, tart, bitter flavours
Hemp Seeds (Chai seeds very popular aswell)
5 flavours lost, flavour again
International flavour duopoly: South American and Asian flavours will boom.
Familiar Dining Novelties
2. Give examples of any local places where you have already seen or experienced these trends. If you have not already seen the particular trend can you think of a similar trend which may have lead to the new trend.
Gumaz Gomaz: in Beaumont St is a Mexican Bar influenced from South America
Olivers: Healthy snacks and comfort food, often found on highways at stopovers.
Chai Lattes: Many cafes now have them, McCafe recently added them to their menu too.
Noahs on the Beach: 5 flavours lost, flavours gain. Had a dish with Chilli Chocolate on Sourdough bread
3. What are the similarities and differences between the Australian and London Trends?
At the moment Australia is promoting many healthy, fresh, natural foods and trends however London is promoting burgers, pizza, noodles and Hotdogs
Australia has at home preparation meals, London's are all quick, easy takeaway
Both countries are trying to come back down to basic/native ingredients
What types of food and preparation techniques are they using in different time periods?
10,000BC used bread, flour & soup
3,000BC ice-cream (Chilling technique)
1st century flan and cheesecake
9th century halva and goulash
10th century peking duck and shark's fin soup
18th century muffins and crackers
1950's Honey mustard
How have food processing techniques accelerated in the last century compared to the previous centuries? Why would this be?
Food processing techniques have accelerated massively in the last century compared to previous centuries due to the technological revolution and invention of freezers, fridges, microwaves, ovens and other electrical appliances etc.
Did you find anything on the timeline that surprised you?
I was very surprised that ice-cream has been around since 3000BC