Catering trends 2022 – Axios
The restaurant industry trend forecast for next year is available and it includes avocado coffee (an Indonesian delicacy), gourmet egg sandwiches, and Burger King Whoppers made with Halloumi cheese. hamburger place.
Why is this important: As the pandemic continues, it is shaping the ingredients available as well as the way we eat, with new habits that we once thought were temporary have proven to be permanent.
Driving the news: A new forecast from Technomic, a catering consultancy, predicts that many trends from the past year – like ghost kitchens, meal kits, and restaurants selling groceries – are likely to persist.
- “We continue to see the trend of selling food for consumption outside the restaurant, whether it’s takeout or delivery,” Aaron Jourden, senior research director at Technomic, told Axios.
- “The elephant in the room is this lingering pandemic that has forced ongoing closures in different countries and has really continued to educate what everyone is doing.”
Jourden and his team go through the menus from 25 countries to glean trends on what we’re going to eat and how we’re going to consume it. They expect to see these dishes and ingredients appear on a global scale:
- Mutabal, a Middle Eastern eggplant dip similar to baba ghanoush.
- Vegetable eggs.
- Pao de queijo, a Brazilian cheese bread.
- Tlayudas, a Mexican-style pizza built on a crispy tortilla.
- Halloumi, a Greek cheese that Technomic says is “prepared to take center stage as an irresistible, vegetarian alternative to meat”.
Another prediction: “Avocado coffee will spread from Indonesia and other parts of Asia to world markets. ”
- The drink, known as alpukat juice, is usually made with avocado, condensed milk, and coffee or chocolate.
Details: Breakfast is gaining global influence, with more chefs making egg sandwiches by hand with gourmet ingredients that can be eaten on the go.
- “Egg sandwiches are having a moment in many parts of the world and will soon dethrone the chicken sandwich as the next restaurant staple on my menu,” predicts Technomic.
- Jourden attributes this to people developing new morning routines now that lockouts have relaxed in most places.
Sandwiches from a South Korean breakfast chain called Egg Drop has gone viral, with chewy eggs served in cute little boxes.
- In the same way that loaded fries have been all the rage – topped with gravy, cheese and other stuff that clogs arteries – maple syrup and caramel fries and hash browns may soon have their time.
And the salty foods are ready for a big race.
- “Salt is the new fat – an indulgent flavor enhancer sought after for its irresistible comfort abilities,” Technomic says in a separate 2022 Trends report.
- This includes everything from purslane and seaweed, to salted meats and fish and cocktails that incorporate salt water.
Between the lines: Supply chain issues will continue to be a limiting factor.
- “Shortages of paper-based packaging for take-out orders and other paper-based materials are pervasive and are expected to last until next year,” reports the Specialty Food Association.
- In Japan, KFC and McDonald’s have experienced a shortage of French fries.
And after: “Veganuary,” in which people forgo meat for the month, is big in Europe and will make inroads in the United States, Jourden predicts.
- Dalgona, the South Korean street candy and coffee flavor made famous by “Squid Game”, will stay hot for a while.