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March 2019 Food Trends

Inspiration | 15th February 2019

“Last month I did a really interesting food safari in Cork, there are so many new places opening up with unique and interesting foods, but it’s also great to visit some old favourites like the English Market. I was really hoping to get back to Ichigo Ichie but didn’t manage to get a reservation, next time! This month with St Patricks Day just around the corner I look at the Irish diaspora and its impact on our economy, the mega-trend of sustainability and the Mediterranean diet” Deirdre Moriarty – Musgrave MarketPlace Trends Expert

Red carpets at the ready for the Irish diaspora

I, like many of you I’m sure, have friends and family scattered all over the world, the Irish diaspora is estimated by some sources to be as large as 70 million. As our thoughts turn to St Patricks Day, Fáilte Ireland wants the diaspora’s thoughts to turn to Ireland. Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs have launched a new programme aimed at encouraging the diaspora to attend a festival in their home county. These kinds of tourism initiatives contribute massively to occupancy rates in hotels and the amount of tourists eating out in cafés, restaurants and pubs. By 2020 Fáilte Irelands target is for 300,000 visitors to attend a festival in Ireland which would add €170m to the economy. Céad míle fáilte everyone!

Sustainability key focus for foodservice operators

Sustainability continues to be one of the key trends for 2019 in both retail and foodservice. Consumers are more focused than ever on sustainability and this is having a knock-on effect to how many products are being sourced, produced, packaged and disposed of (check out Walkers new recycling programme for a good example of this!). We are also seeing an increased focus by nation states on legislation to manage sustainability, a recent example of this is Bali’s ban on single-use plastics. In the UK, some foodservice operators are reviewing their menus and choosing to no longer serve non indigenous on trend ingredients such as avocado because of the environmental impacts of shipping these products. We are also seeing a change in alcohol production with Budwiser in the UK now being brewed with 100% renewable electricity. Lots going on in this space, I will keep you posted over the coming months.

Mediterranean diet voted best for 2019

If you’re still trying to get your health and nutrition back on track post-Christmas why not give the Mediterranean diet a go? It’s been voted the best diet of 2019 by US News and World report. 41 eating plans were considered and the Mediterranean diet was found to be the easiest to follow and the best for plant-based diets. Gillian McConnell, our consultant dietitian takes you through the key features of this diet here.