Uber Eats: bellweather app highlights popular food trends

Uber ended 2018 by analysing its most popular Eats orders, and making some predictions for next year’s food trends. It’s not clear if this was across the world or in its own United States, but these insights no doubt have global relevance.

Uber says the power couple, toast and avocado, reigned supreme, with the highly ‘grammable “goth food” trend close behind. Classic favourites like tacos and wings were still at the top of list, while poké and sushi also made strong appearances.

The 20 trendiest foods of 2018 were:

  1. Toast
  2. Avocado
  3. Goth food
  4. Cucumber
  5. Wings
  6. Tofu
  7. Soup
  8. Celery
  9. Tuna
  10. Tacos
  11. Salmon
  12. Coconut
  13. Brown Rice
  14. Hummus
  15. Kale
  16. Seaweed
  17. Poké
  18. Sushi
  19. Sriracha
  20. Acai

Uber also took a look at foods that are popping up more frequently in Eats orders, and uncovered a few rising food trends for 2019:

  • Clean Eating, Delivered: People aren’t just ordering in Chinese food and pizza anymore. As wellness gets more and more popular, we’ve seen a spike in searches for clean eating staples from meat-alternatives like tofu and seitan, to plant-based foods like bee pollen and edible flowers.
  • Fermented Foods: From kimchi to kombucha, more and more people are hopping on the fermented food trend.
  • Got Milk? Alternative milk options continue to climb the ranks, with pea milk rising to the top.

Here are the top 20 foods Uber anticipates will be hot in 2019:

  1. Plant-based foods
  2. Smoothie bowls
  3. Pea milk
  4. Seitan
  5. Rolled ice cream
  6. Manaeesh
  7. Heme
  8. Keto
  9. Bulgur
  10. Pumpkin
  11. Farro
  12. Turmeric
  13. Tofu
  14. Chia
  15. Chulpe corn
  16. Honey
  17. Vegan
  18. Quinoa
  19. Agave
  20. Bee pollen

And in contrast to those rising in popularity, the following orders might be considered a little “last year” in 2019, says Uber:

  1. Brussel sprouts
  2. Unicorn / rainbow foods
  3. Aloe vera
  4. Dragonfruit
  5. Seaweed
  6. Acai
  7. Avocado
  8. Sushirito
  9. Millennial pink foods
  10. Matcha

Source: Uber Eats