Immunity boosters will feature in both food and drinks selections as people look to support their immune system and combat potential illness. Consumption of immune boosting supplements is on the rise and by adding foods with high levels of vitamins and minerals to menus, the food on offer for guests underlines a commitment back to employees of their value in the workplace. Ginger, echinacea and turmeric will feature along with probiotics available in kombucha and kefir.
Local was the big watchword from lockdown as consumers turned to their local small suppliers, artisans and markers. There is a 60% increase in supporting local businesses as consumers re-engage with the personal service they deliver along with a lesser environmental impact of doing business with them. Add in the backstory and heritage of the supplier and local small batch makers and artisans are set to feature across menus. Ultimately, fresh and seasonal and local means crops in plentiful abundance, not necessarily at a premium price because of delivery and import duties.
Flexitarian goes Climatarian as we take a more deliberate approach to our consumption and the wider environmental impact of food items. Climatarians are all about marginal gains rather than flexing between the polar axis of meat and plant based through a considered move to choosing food and menu items that have the lowest impact on the climate. For example, diets may involve a lesser intake of animal products rather than eliminating them entirely, as a consequence consumers will swap beef for chicken. Using the local supply chain also reduces delivery emissions and capitalises on abundant seasonal harvest too.
Lockdown switched up the term convenience food. With more than 1/5th of adults cooking a meal from scratch, we rediscovered food and the time it gives us with family. Meal kits sprung to the fore as ways of ramping up another Friday night in, add in a celebrity chef and eating in became the new going out. Apps and tech for home delivery are at a boom and will transition into the office environment allowing workers to order direct to their desk. Food and beverage ordering will be integrated along with booking day desk space and meeting rooms, which will facilitate employee experience while in the workspace.
Hands off the handmade. There’s set to be a change in rhetoric around food too as consumers seek confidence in sanitisation and touch-less, contact free food. Homemade, hand cut is out, and longer term may be replaced with robot-made!