As 2019 is drawing to a close, some food trends that started in January 2019 are still trending until now, in part, due to consumers and in part, due to quality food services.

 

Back in 1999, NASA declared that quinoa would make the perfect meal for astronauts (as opposed to space food taken from toothpaste-like tubes) on long-term space missions due to the grain’s high mineral and amino acid content. However, to the general public, quinoa would remain a mystery until the mid-2000s.

 

Today, the production of quinoa has increased by more than 50 percent, fuelled by its popularity in Australia, the U.S., and Europe. But in recent years, another new-found staple has made its way into breakfast tables and other menus; we’re talking about the proverbial avocado.

 

Food as the New Medicine

Food’s role in serving as body nourishment and as medicine is often lost in ridiculous health fads and diet trends. Still, plant-based eating was the most significant trend in 2018 and 2019. Because of the new demand for vegan options, wholesale food suppliers also had to meet this new demand, especially in the demand for quinoa and avocado. More Australians are becoming more aware of the health benefits of eating vegetables and fruits or at least mixing them with other foods.

 

Root-to-Shoot Eating  

The rise of fruits and vegetables beginning in 2018 also has ethical roots to it. Consumers now feel that to reduce food waste, more plant-based products should be consumed. Whatever waste is left that cannot be eaten can still be utilised as organic fertiliser or at least is biodegradable. The goal is simply to consume as much of the vegetable and fruit as possible, something that is not possible with animal- and poultry-based products. So again, enter the growing demand for avocado and quinoa.

 

Sustainability

Sustainability has also become an essential factor in food packaging. Due to poor food packaging, a supermarket may generate up to 800,000 tonnes of food product waste. One option is to opt for smarter packaging. The other is to shop more on vegetables and fruits that require little or no packaging at all. This means that any waste from plant-based products is easily recycled or at least is biodegradable. Quinoa can be fully consumed, while avocado seeds can be planted again.

 

Because of this continuing food trend in Australia, wholesale food suppliers such as Provista Australia have adapted to specialising in continental small vegetable and fruits deliveries that can be prepared and packaged to the specifications of any foodservice outlet. Provista even carries a wide range of frozen and dry plant-based products. For better quality food services, get in touch with Provista Australia at https://provista.online/ for specific needs from your foodservice outlet.