Food Trends to Look Forward to Next Year

Sauerkraut. Photo by Kelsey Todd on Unsplash

Each year is defined by some delicious, some interesting, and some frankly bizarre food trends. 2023 has been a year of non-alcoholic drinking, artisanal vegan cheeses, and quality tinned fish becoming a cupboard essential. If you want to get ahead of tastes in 2024, check out this list of some of the food items and habits that will be big news next year.

Fast Food Will Get Even Faster

Since the pandemic, food trend experts have noted that more and more of us are opting to eat fast food, rather than go out to a cafe or restaurant. This reflects growing demand for ease and convenience, and this shows no signs of slowing down next year. Expect to see growing numbers of fast food establishments, as well as innovative and ingenious ways to get your food to you even quicker. Some chains will be trailing robot deliveries in city centers, while others are investing in top-notch packaging to ensure your order stays hot and fresh.

Probiotics are Going Nowhere

In line with an increasing awareness of the importance of gut health, probiotic foods (which contain plenty of healthy bacteria) will become even bigger news next year. Expect to see old favorites, such as yogurt, sourdough, and kimchi, as well as some newcomers—fermented fruits may take over from the classic sauerkraut.

Exotic Tastes

Our fruit (and vegetable) bowls will look even more varied this time next year, as fruits that are relatively unknown now will become big news. Mangosteen, durian and dragon fruits from Asia will provide plenty of new takes on fruit salads, cocktails, and juices, and we can also expect to see more starfruit and sweetsop from places like the Caribbean.