Top global food and drink trends for 2017

By James Ridler contact

- Last updated on GMT

In this photogallery, we report the trends and what they will mean to food and drink manufacturers.

Mintel said that 2017 will be a year of “extremes”, ​with consumers choosing between more traditional approaches to food ingredients and using more technology.

The analyst also predicted a rise in products designed to help people sleep more easily, focusing on the benefits of chamomile and chocolate before bed.

Food waste problems

Novel products like snacks made from ugly fruit and mayonnaise made from chickpeas would help to tackle food waste problems, suggested Mintel.

Mintel global food and drink analyst Jenny Zegler said the trends were grounded in current consumer demands for healthy, convenient and trustworthy food and drink.

“Across the world, manufacturers and retailers have opportunities to provide more people with food and drink that is recognisable, saves time and contains servings of beneficial fruits, vegetables and other plants,”​ said Zegler.

“In addition, Mintel has identified exciting new opportunities for functional food and drink designed for evening consumption, progressive solutions for food waste and affordable healthy food for low-income consumers.”

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