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Toast Food Trend Forecasts for 2021: The Amazing 5

Toast food trend forecasts for 2021, a list of 5

Snack to the Future

The Toast food trend forecasts for 2021 are here! 2020 brought a tectonic shift to the food landscape. The pandemic, economic depression and general global chaos changed what we eat, where we eat and how we get our food.

From upscale takeout and robotic lunch ladies to meat alternatives created by printers, here are five trends that forecasters and market researchers expect to grace our plates in 2021.

#1: Print me a Prime Cut

With increased awareness and concern about climate change, animal welfare and sustainability, we will see a spike in 3D-printed food. We’re all familiar with Beyond Meat’s plant-based burgers and meat alternatives, but this new, lab-to-table trend mimics the appearance, texture and taste of premium cuts with even more accuracy.

Companies like Israel’s Redefine Meat have produced 3D-printed, plant-based steak, and, believe it or not, KFC has partnered with a 3D bioprinter to create chicken nuggets from 3D-printed, lab-grown chicken and plant-based ingredients. https://edition.cnn.com/videos

A KFC box with 3 pieces of 3-D created chicken nuggets, part of the Toast food trend forecasts for 2021
KFC 3D Printed Chicken Nuggets are on-trend for 2021 | Image Credit: KFC

#2: The Rise of the Climatarian

When the pandemic began, sustainability took a temporary back seat as the need for single-use PPE products surged. And, as quarantine orders became the norm, delivery and takeout also saw a significant increase. 

Big brands took note of the trend, and have continued the creation and implementation of sustainable food, packaging and food-delivery systems.

McDonald’s has reusable cups in the test-phase of development; Burger King now offers a Whopper with a “reduced methane” patty; Johnny Walker boasts 100 per cent plastic-free packaging, and we will see new labels such as “climate-friendly” and “climatarian” emerge. 

Toast food trend forecasts for 2021 features gold and white McDonald's + Loop Reusable Cups
McDonald’s + Loop Reusable Cups | Image Credit: MacDonalds

#3: Salad Bar Robots, one of the Toast food trend forecasts

Remember salad bars? Try not to cringe when you think of how we used to line up for scoops of food that had been out for who knows how long — food that everyone touched while not wearing a mask. It seems like a relic from eons ago, but the self-serve salad bar was considered normal less than a year ago.

In the death of this trend, we see the birth of a new generation of hands-off innovation. For example, there’s Chowbotics’ Sally, a fresh-food robot that replaces self-serve food bars. Order from your phone, and watch Sally whip up custom meals under 90 seconds with fresh ingredients. Hospitals, school cafeterias, hotels and grocery stores in the USA have already put this new tech to work.

A girl standing beside a Chowbotics’ Sally 2.0 machine with her freshly made salad
Toast food trend forecasts include Chowbotics’ Sally 2.0 | Image Credit: Chowbotics

#4: Bevvies for the bedroom – one of the Toast food trend forecasts

In previous years, energy drinks were all the rage; however, with the anxiety in our COVID-era existence, the last thing we need is a sugary, caffeine-induced panic attack.

With mental health and wellness in mind, get ready for a trend that’s all about mellow, mindful slowness. This year we’ll see a rise in “just stay calm” CBD-, adaptogen- and nootropic-infused food and drink.

Three cans of Recess' all-natural canned drinks are past of Toast food trend forecasts
Recess’ All-Natural Canned Drinks Feature Adaptogens and Cannabidiol are trending in 2021
Image Credit: Recess

#5: Fine Dining, but in Your Sweats

The introvert’s dream lives on. Restaurants will continue to pivot and extend services beyond the in-house, white-tablecloth experience. The trend sees a focus on restaurant-branded products as a revenue extension. Get hungry for branded ingredients, cookbooks or your favourite prepared dish, delivered right to your door — complete with perfectly paired wine.

Another trend that will arrive with an increase in takeout is the move from popular delivery apps. Customers will choose to order directly from the restaurant, which will save smaller restaurants the outrageous service fees associated with the apps.

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The Author
Jeanie is a South African born Canadian living in the Dominican Republic with her husband. She is a brand strategist and creative director by day and a pseudo writer by night. She loves cats, wine, books and the ocean, and when she’s not working, she spends her days thinking about life, feeding and befriending stray cats, volunteering at the local animal shelter, chatting to her friends around the world and searching for seashells on secret beaches.

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