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‘Bleeding’ vegan burgers and ‘tuna’ made from vegetables are just two of the high tech foods set to top trends in 2018.
A report compiled by retailer Whole Foods Market listed a number of highly anticipated veg-friendly foods that are expected to take off in 2018.
According to a spokesperson: “The seasoned trend-spotters thoughtfully compiled this list based on more than 100 years of combined experience in product sourcing and studying consumer preferences.”
The report claims that plant-based diets and dishes continue to dominate the food world – ‘and now the tech industry has a seat at the table, too’.
Plant-based food has been leading the tech field for some time now, with companies vying to ‘build’ sustainable meat alternatives from plants.
It says: “By using science to advance recipes and manipulate plant-based ingredients and proteins, these techniques are creating mind-bending alternatives like ‘bleeding’ vegan burgers or sushi-grade ‘not-tuna’ made from tomatoes.”
The tech going into these products means they should appeal to a wide audience.
The report claims: “These new production techniques are also bringing some new varieties of nut milks and yogurts made from pili nuts, peas, bananas, macadamia nuts, and pecans.
“Dairy-free indulgences like vegan frosting, brownies, ice cream, brioche, and crème brûlée are getting so delicious, non-vegans won’t know the difference – or they might choose them anyway.”
Another veg-friendly trend listed in the top 10 predictions is ‘Root-to-Stem’ eating.
The report says: “Between nose-to-tail butchery and reducing food waste, a few forces are combining to inspire root-to-stem cooking, which makes use of the entire fruit or vegetable, including the stems or leaves that are less commonly eaten.
“Recipes like pickled watermelon rinds, beet-green pesto or broccoli-stem slaw have introduced consumers to new flavors and textures from old favorites.
Floral flavors like elderflower, ‘puffed and popped’ snacks, and tacos also have spots on the list.