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The future of foodPosted at 3:40PM, 04 January 2011 by Carol Wilson - Food writer
What will the new trends be in food and cooking for 2011?
Research carried out by the Regional Food Group for the Yorkshire and Humber region predicts that due to the ongoing economic crisis, we're going to be enjoying more home baking, with a bias towards 'nostalgic' foods, traditional favourites and old-fashioned flavours like caraway, the distinctive flavouring of the Victorian speciality Seed cake.
Another effect of the economic situation is that we're going to continue to eat at home, rather than going out to restaurants, so will be exploring flavoursome cuisines from around the world, particularly Mexico, India , Indonesia , and South East Asia. Although we'll be tightening our belts, we'll still want to treat ourselves to small luxuries, so there'll be more interest in the different types and flavours of fine chocolate and speciality teas for instance.
We'll be more concerned with what we're eating and where it comes from
We'll be more concerned with what we're eating and where it comes from and want more product information. We're also going to be aware of healthy foods, provenance (good news for small specialist producers!) sustainability and animal welfare issues, according to the Leatherhead Food Research Organisation .
Probiotic foods that benefit digestive health and more functional foods that promote general health will be at the forefront; one example is a leading brand of chewing gum with added vitamin C and ginseng, which is due to be launched this year. As part of this trend, there'll be more innovative, 'healthy' foods along the lines of the 'super fruits' acai berry and yumberry. Apparently, the 'next big thing' in the foodie world is set to be coconut water - with many celebrities already praising its low calorie content and its ability to boost the immune system.
New Year is always a boom time for slimming diets, but as the rise of obesity continues apace, food manufacturers will be reducing the amounts of fat, salt, sugar and additives in convenience foods. Our busy lives mean that the demand for convenience foods will continue, but we want them to be 'healthier'. The tide is finally turning against products full of additives with very long shelf lives.
Which foods do you think will be popular in 2011?