The food industry is constantly changing, and ever-evolving food trends play a big part in this. In order to satisfy consumers and stay ahead of the competition, the restaurant industry needs to adapt to these changes. Here is a list of the most popular food trends prevalent in Singapore for 2019.
Seaweed has been around for ages and is a much-loved ingredient in Japanese, Korean and Chinese cuisines. These days, it has gone mainstream and is being enjoyed by many others too. Perhaps it’s because there’s growing interest towards plant-based foods, or more people are simply wising up to the fact that seaweed is full of nutritional benefits.
Over in Singapore, besides the usual sushi and seaweed sheets in ramen, you can find it in various other forms. Seaweed butter is one while seaweed snacks are also a hot favourite.
Many restaurants in Singapore complement the dishes on their menus with alcoholic beverages. However, it gets awkward for people that don’t drink alcohol when they go to bars with their friends. Bars and restaurants alike will be best served by taking note and providing non-alcoholic cocktails, commonly referred to as mocktails, as a part of their drinks menu.
Restaurants have been shifting towards the use of environmentally friendly packaging for their food and beverage products. This is in line with the increasing call for economic sustainability. Such a move creates a strong reputation for the business, therefore making it more attractive to customers. Anyone running a business in the food and beverage industry should, therefore, consider trying out biodegradable packaging or straws among other things.
A focus on local produce
Many restaurants have started sourcing their raw products from local suppliers in line with the focus on better environmental practices as well as reducing costs. The cost of sourcing ingredients from foreign markets is high, thus the shift towards local produce. The transportation process requires the use of machinery and vehicles which run on fuel, thus polluting the environment.
Meanwhile, most agricultural products in Singapore are not made using processes that are fertilizer-intensive and they are also not genetically modified. This is a good example of a trend that is not only good for a business but also local suppliers.
More and more people are making a conscious decision to become vegan and thus the vegan community continues to grow. The demand for non-processed beverages or beverages that do not contain chemicals has also been on the rise. The best approach in this kind of scenario is to introduce vegan-friendly dishes and also non-processed or healthier drinks.
With the importance of gut health being emphasized in recent years, probiotics have become much-talked-about, and have also become a must-have supplement for many medicine cabinets. Probiotics are essentially live bacteria that are good for your digestive system and are found in foods such as yogurts.
Lately, drinks like kefir and kombucha have become popular alternatives. Kefir is a fermented milk drink that improves digestion and bloating. Kombucha is made from either green or black tea base, with some fermented ingredients added too.