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Anticipated food trends for 2021

What we can all expect to see as we head into 2021

Anticipated food trends for 2021

What we can all expect to see as we head into 2021.

Given what a year 2020 has been, projecting how people will eat and drink in 2021 is not quite the same as before, but as ever another year means another step change in food trends. We have created a roundup of what we can all expect to see as we head into 2021.


Continued development of vegan food

The vegan movement is now bigger than ever! You only need to look at the Christmas 2020 vegan offerings of the supermarkets to see how much progress has been made in 12 months.

Next year, expect to see more development of vegan fish products. A few brands, like Good Catch and Sophie’s Kitchen, already have their fishless tuna and other products on grocery store shelves. Much like the chicken substitutes we saw succeed this year, these seafood alternatives are easy swaps for actual fish, making them familiar and intelligible to even non-vegan shoppers.


Virtual cooking classes

Who knew at the start of 2020 how much we would all be embracing the virtual world into not only our work but also our personal lives. With 2021 starting with COVID-19 still very much part of the norm technology will be present in the kitchen too.

"Online, chef-driven virtual cooking classes—with accompanying chef food boxes for their recipes—will continue to expand in 2021. Many people will keep this fun way to get together with friends and family and be entertained at home while preparing a good meal and cooking along with a chef."— Daniel Boulud.


A subtle transition from boozy to lightly alcoholic drinks

2020 was the year that non-alcoholic spirits really took off, not only in the supermarkets but in pub and restaurants too. In the same way many people are now leaning towards a plant-based diet the option of a night out without the hangover is certainly appealing.

For many people though, there is the middle ground which means drinking only in moderation. Alcohol and being social still tends to go hand-in-hand, after all.  So, in 2021 you can expect a subtle transition from boozy to lightly alcoholic drinks: where “grown-up” beverages are still exciting and refreshing but have much lower ABV.



CBD oil, is it legal or not? It’s such a grey area depending on where you live. One thing we are very sure about is just how popular it has become and it’s not hard to see why. With the reported benefits in the treatment for anxiety, chronic pain and inflammation being backed by more and more evidence, there are a lot of reasons why people persist in using it. There may be a completely legal option in the form of Copaiba. This is an essential oil that is taken from the Copaifera tree’s resin and contains potent terpenes that are the same components found in CBD oil that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system and provide similar benefits. What’s more, it has a nice enough flavour. If you add it to edibles and elixirs, copaiba has a sweet, woody taste and scent that in itself encourages relaxation. We can expect to see this appearing more and more in the organic and natural foods sphere next year and beyond.


Restaurant Take-out

Dining out for a weekend treat, a celebration, date night or just because you can’t be bothered to cook has unfortunately not been possible as much as we would have liked this year so we expect to see take out from restaurants very much a key trend for 2021.

"Restaurant-style meals packaged for the family will definitely keep trending in the year to come. Plant-based, healthy vegetarian dishes with seasonal ingredients and global flavour are here to stay in the future. Wonderfully curated meals with soul, taste, and creativity can be picked up at a favourite restaurant and ready on the table in a split second."  — Daniel Boulud, chef of Daniel in New York City


Climate Control Will Play A Part

Although vegans tried to warn and lead by example way ahead of everyone else, it seems as the planet reaches a critical period, a more serious collaborative and complete approach is necessary. You can expect to see a move to reduce any foods and ingredients with high carbon footprints, like cheese and meat, and the encouragement leading to enforcement that we only eat food that is seasonally available and available locally.

There will also be greater steps taken to eradicate the use of products that exploit any animals who are directly at risk from the effects of climate change. It’s not all about what’s being removed though, as there will be a greater focus on food like insects, fish, invasive plant species, legumes, grains, pulses, seaweed and algae.


It's hard to know exactly what we can expect from 2021 but the above highlights that our love for food & the social aspect of food and drink is still very much at our heart. It’s also really encouraging to see the shifts, big and small, for the sake of the environment and animal welfare.