Mintel announces Global Food and Drink Trends for 2030

Alex Beckett, Mintel
Alex Beckett, Mintel.

Three key trends that will shape the global food, drink, and foodservice industries over the next 10 years have been identified by the consumer market intelligence agency Mintel in its latest report.

The three trends are:

  • Change, Incorporated: Successful companies will be those that improve the health of the planet and its population.
  • Smart diets: Technology will enable consumers to construct hyper-individualised approaches to physical and mental health.
  • High-tech harvests: Consumer trust in food science and technology will strengthen as these become vital tools to save the food supply.

New Zealand food exporters can expect to see consumers further prioritise plants in their diets, Mintel says, with the planet’s health in mind as much as their own. From beer made from rejected cereal pieces to containers made from organic mushroom waste, food waste will lead the way for more sustainable consumption and innovation.

Consumers will gain a better understanding of what makes them unique using health testing services, artificial intelligence-enabled apps, and increased personal data collection. Meanwhile, with consumers expected to live longer, many will want to learn how their diet can benefit long-term cognitive health.

 Following in the footsteps of molecular whiskey, expect to see brands use science and technology to create new products, shorten production time, and confirm trustworthiness. Meanwhile, new ingredient growing regions, such as those in Africa and India, and agricultural innovations, including floating farms, will emerge to tackle global food insecurity.

Looking ahead, Alex Beckett, associate director, Mintel Food & Drink, says issues of health, technology, and trust will inspire formulation, packaging, marketing, and more in the years to come.

“In the next decade, consumers will be hungry for leadership and demonstrable change on environmental issues, ethical business practices, public health, and other important causes,” he explains, referring to the first Change, Incorporated trend.

“Consumers will reward brands that take action and improve important societal issues. The companies that will win in the next 10 years will be those that fuel the new era of conscious consumption. Tomorrow’s conscious consumers will be looking for eco-friendly packaging and products, while also seeking guidance on how to make their diets more sustainable.”

On the second trend, smart diets, he says more consumers will be able to gain in-depth knowledge of their biology through personal health testing kits which will empower them to personalise their diet and health regimes.

“Analysis of these tools will inform consumers of the steps they need to take to address every aspect of their health, including brain and emotional wellbeing. As a result, in order to succeed over the next decade, brands will need to offer more personalised product offerings, develop smart home solutions and assist consumers in addressing mood and brain health,” explains Beckett.

Finally, Mintel’s report predicts high-tech harvests, where science will interlace with the food supply chain to boost yields and combat climate change.

“Celebrating the sustainable, health, and cost benefits of lab-grown food will be crucial in educating consumers about nature-identical alternatives,” he says. “But the food and drink industry will be compelled to elevate the role of nature, and humans, in the storytelling of these new, modern solutions.

“Transparency of information is essential to building trust in a future where scientists play as integral a role as farmers. And championing the people behind the food – whether it is grown in a laboratory or a field – will remain a timeless way of building trust with consumers.”

Find out more about the Mintel’s Global Food and Drink Trends 2030 report here …

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