The Adventurous Consumer: Top Ten Trends 2019

Dec 2018

Consumers are moving out of their comfort zones to explore bolder and novel flavors from a range of global locations, as well as multisensory food experiences. Leading the Top Ten Trends for 2019, from Innova Market Insights, is “Discovery: The Adventurous Consumer,” which denotes how targeting increasingly adventurous consumers set on discoveries and experiences will be key in the food and beverage industry in 2019. Some other key trends pegged for 2019 are “Plant Kingdom,” which illustrates the continuing popularity of plant-based products and “Alternatives to All,” noting that replacement foods and ingredients are on the rise.

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  • Discovery: The Adventurous Consumer
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Look East: Middle Eastern and African flavors

Jan 2019

The “Adventurous Consumer” is pegged to be 2019’s biggest trend by Innova Market Insights, driving food operators and suppliers to launch new, exciting ethnic product varieties. African and Middle Eastern flavors are predicted to have a bright future as they offer fresh, wholesome and aromatic notes. Herbs & spices are the stars of the show from cumin to chili and sumac.


Healthy indulgence: Confectionery NPD

Jan 2019

Confectionery NPD with added health benefits is thriving as consumers seek out guilt-free and healthy indulgence. Lighter options have flooded the markets, ranging from reduced sugar content to lighter alcohol options and smaller portion sizes. Vegetarian and vegan claims are trending in the gummies space and several chocolate products are fulfilling vegan criteria.


Top ten trends: 2018 in review

Dec 2018

This year has seen a significant proportion of food and beverage products positioned as healthy and responsibly sourced, which reflects the top trend for 2018 from Innova Market Insights: Mindful choices. Other trends that influenced the industry in 2018, as predicted by the market researcher, were lighter enjoyment, positively processed, going full circle, beyond the coffeehouse, dining out, in, ocean garden and bountiful choice.