The Future of Food was produced this year by Future iQ as a foresight research paper examining a range of critical catalysts of change relating to the global food supply chain, and the potential impacts upon human health, the environment and food security. The Future of Food examines what may occur if food production continues in the manner it has over the past decades. It explores how food production systems are impacting the environment, and how our diet choices are affecting human health on a global scale.
Mintel have suggested the following Food Trends for 2017:
- Consumers seek comfort from modernized updates of age-old formulations, flavors and formats.
- The preference for natural, simple and flexible diets will drive further expansion of vegetarian, vegan and other plant-focused formulations.
- The focus of sustainability zeros in on eliminating food waste.
- The time investments required for products and meals will become as influential as nutrition or ingredient claims.
- Evening is tapped as a new occasion for functional food and drink
- Healthy food and drink are not “luxuries.”