- Deliveroo assesses 2018 orders and habits to reveal what's in store for our 2019 palates
- Veggies and fermentation to reign supreme
6th December 2018: It's been a year of chai, veganism and food choices of conscience and sustainability. Once the leftover sprouts and turkeys have been consumed, Deliveroo research and international trend predictions reveal what will be the top five food trends to bestow our bellies in 2019.
Within the top five, veganism and veggie influences are apparent, as well as going back to basics to curb food waste.
Deliveroo's Top Five 2019 Irish Food Trends are:
1.Healthy Frozen Savouries
Demand on Deliveroo for avocado and hummus has increased and now it's time to cool things down. Deliveroo already gave the nation a taste of savoury cheese and onion ice cream last year, in partnership with Scoop. Deliveroo believes 2019 will see Ireland follow suit with the international adoption of savoury and healthy ice creams. We may not see the advent of the Brocoli Split, but vegan and veggie variations of ice cream are certainly expected.
2.Root to Tip Cooking
2018 has been the year of really recognising the urgency of tackling waste, including food waste. Root to Tip Cooking, involving the use of the full vegetable is a method of days gone by but will return and bring cooking back to basics in 2019. Deliveroo predicts that restaurant partners on the platform will introduce innovative ways to reduce daily waste, by using the likes of root vegetable leaves to make tasty and flavoursome pestos to accompany dishes.
3.Fermented Food and Drink
Deliveroo has witnessed a surge in fermentation methods across restaurant offerings in Ireland, with foods such as pickles and sauerkraut. Breaking through the fermentation process for 2019 will be more orders and variety of kombucha. Hailed as a miracle drink, it packs a probiotic punch for gut health. Seeing as Ireland's unofficial national drink is tea, this fermented version is sure to be a key 2019 healthy hit.
We have witnessed veganism explode in Ireland, with Deliveroo restaurant partners increasing their vegan-friendly options by a staggering 100% and a 73% increase of vegan orders on the platform in 2018. As the lifestyle gathers more speed in the new year, Deliveroo predicts an increase in Flexitarianism, where customers will dip in and out of meat dishes in favour of #MeatlessMonday and #GreenSunday.
According to global trend forecasters, sea vegetables and greens will become a regular addition to diets next year. From kelp noodles to puffed savoury snacks made with algae. Deliveroo believes the trend will also take hold in Ireland in 2019. With an already abundant and rich marine life, Deliveroo has already seen an increase of 59% in sea food orders across the platform.
Deliveroo Ireland's Regional Manager, Liam Cox said: "The trends Deliveroo predict to hit Ireland already tie in with New Year health kicks and our ever increasing efforts to be more aware of sustainability and traceability.
"We really enjoy being at the cusp of food trend and innovation and always aim to have the most varied selection of options for our customers. Whether you're flexitarian, snacking on sea veggies or looking to taste your first kombucha in 2019, Deliveroo will have them at your desk or doorstep in 30 minutes", he added.