Mintel announces five global food and drink trends for 2018
Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, has released its take on five key trends set to impact the global food and drink market over the coming year. Download this beautiful FREE 44-page report…
IN 2018, expect to see transparency and traceability for all, regardless of their income. From ingredient scares to political bombshells, self-care has become a priority for many and one that includes choosing food and drink that will address perceived nutritional, physical, and emotional needs.
Opportunities also will be plentiful for natural, tantalising, and unexpected textures from chewy beverages to cookies with popping candy inside.
Meanwhile, the rapid expansion in the variety of food and drink retail channels will fuel the opportunity for recommendations, promotions, and product innovations that are personalised based on individual consumer behaviour.
Finally, forward-looking companies are developing solutions to replace traditional farms and factories with scientifically engineered ingredients and finished products.
Mintel’s Global Food and Drink Analyst, Jenny Zegler, discusses the major trends predicted to play out in food and drink markets around the world, beginning with the trends that will gain wider traction in the months ahead to emerging trends that are influential, but just on the fringe in many regions.
In our new post-truth reality, consumers require complete and total transparency from food and drink companies.
Widespread distrust places pressure on manufacturers to offer thorough and honest disclosures about how, where, when, and by whom food and drink is grown, harvested, made, and/or sold.
The need for reassurance about the safety and trustworthiness of food and drink has led to increased use of natural as well as ethical and environmental claims in global food and drink launches.
In addition to more specific product details, the next wave of clean label will challenge manufacturers and retailers to democratise transparency and traceability so that products are accessible to all consumers regardless of household income.
As more consumers find modern life to be hectic and stressful, flexible and balanced diets will become integral elements of self-care routines.
The frantic pace of modern life, constant connectivity, pervasive distrust, and contentious tones in politics and the media have caused many consumers to look for ways to escape negativity in their lives.
Many people who feel overwhelmed are focusing on ‘self-care,’ or prioritising time and efforts dedicated to themselves.
Looking ahead, individual definitions of self-care and balance will reinforce the need for a variety of formats, formulations and portion sizes of food and drink that present consumers with positive solutions—and treats—that can be incorporated into their customised and flexible definitions of health and wellness.
More consumers will be looking for ingredients, products, and combinations of food and drink that provide nutrition, physical, or emotional benefits that advance their priorities for self-care.
Texture is the latest tool to engage the senses and deliver share-worthy experiences.
In 2018, the sound, feel, and satisfaction that texture provides will become more important for food and drink companies and consumers alike.
Texture is the next facet of formulation that can be leveraged to provide consumers with interactive—and documentation-worthy—experiences.
The quest for experiences will provide opportunities for multisensory food and drink that uses unexpected texture to provide consumers, especially the teens and young adults of the iGeneration, with tangible connections to the real world, as well as moments worth sharing either in-person or online.
A new era in personalisation is dawning due to the expansion of online and mobile food shopping.
As technology helps to make shopping as effortless as possible, an era of targeted promotions and products is emerging.
Motivated by the potential to save time and ideally money, consumers are sampling a variety of channels and technologies when shopping for food and drink, including home delivery, subscription services, and automatic replenishment.
Companies and retailers can leverage technology to establish new levels of efficiency, such as customised recommendations, cross-category pairings, and resourceful solutions that save consumers time, effort, and energy.
Opportunities exist for companies to tempt consumers by creating products, suggesting combinations of goods and other options across consumer categories that make shopping more efficient and affordable for customers.
Technology is being used to engineer solutions for our stretched global food supply.
A technological revolution is playing out in manufacturing as some forward-looking companies are developing solutions to replace traditional farms and factories with scientifically engineered ingredients and finished products.
In 2018, technology will begin to disrupt the traditional food chain as enterprising manufacturers aim to replace farms and factories with laboratories.
While lab-grown, cultured, or synthetic food and drink is only just emerging, technology could eventually be used to design food and drink that is inherently more nutritious, which could extend the consumer audience for scientifically engineered food and drink beyond environmentally conscious shoppers to reach consumers who are concerned about ingredient consistency, efficacy, and purity.
Jenny Zegler, Global Food and Drink Analyst at Mintel, comments: “In 2018, Mintel foresees opportunities for manufacturers and retailers to help consumers regain trust in food and drink and to relieve stress through balanced diets, as well as memorable eating and drinking experiences.
“There also is an exciting new chapter dawning in which technology will help brands and retailers forge more personalised connections with shoppers, while enterprising companies are using scientific engineering to create an exciting new generation of sustainable food and drink.”
A beautifully designed guide to the most compelling and category changing food and drink trends impacting the industry in the year ahead.
Shaped by collaboration between 60 of Mintel’s expert analysts in more than a dozen countries and backed up with the latest consumer research, Mintel’s Global Food & Drink Trends 2018 offer a comprehensive perspective on the momentum and forecast for food and drink markets in the next year and beyond.
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