To celebrate the new year, "The Food People" have put their heads down to bring to life the 'Big 8' food trends, trend setting cuisines and food fusions for 2014 in the form of an Infographic. "The Food People" is an agency that specializes in turning food expertise into market-winning products and profit-making strategies.
As per their predictions in 2013, expect the 5 historically identified macro trends of Health, Tech, Society, Political, Enviro and Fiscal to continue to evolve.
These manifest themselves into consumer trends for 2014 that include Expressive individuals, Experience & Indulgence, Simplicity & Comfort, Easy & Affordable and of course Health & Wellness.
The Big 8 food trends for 2014:
Hybrid - We're very much in a neo global food era, where chefs operators and retailers have the permissibility to create new by overtly blurring traditional lines of demarcation and fusing known foods and formats to create hybrid food products and experiences
Guts & Glory - Food that is full on flavour, often simple in composition, satisfying and puts hero food at the centre of the plate at a price that's affordable
Back to the Future - A continued growth in food concepts, product formats, brands and recipes inspired by food from the past whether that be from the last decade or the last century, more often than not with a good helping of modern interpretation for today's consumer
Simple & Natural - Food products, food pairings and processes that are simply natural providing flavours, textures and preservations that quite simply taste of nature
All being well - A growing demand for food products and services with added health and wellbeing appeal for consumers, from diet to lifestyle health, for a consumer increasingly aware of how what they eat makes them feel
Outside in, Inside out - The influence from the garden, field and hedgerow continues to manifest to provide taste, texture, freshness, colour and holistic health feel good
Food with a conscience - Growing interest in where food comes from, how it is produced and against what standards from farm to table
Land & Place - It's about taking advantage of ones country, region, a localities own unique larder