2022 Organic Food Trends
2022 Organic Food Trends
Our team has been investigating the most popular organic food trend predictions for the food industry in 2022.
As organic food is gaining huge popularity globally, it is essential to look at how these trends are being implemented.
Organic farming is a method of growing crops without the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides. Certified organic foods are produced according to specific regulations, which determine how these products are grown and processed.
They must meet strict requirements on how the crops are grown and what types of chemicals can be used in production and processing.
We have compiled a list of the top 9 organic food trend predictions for 2022, which will be discussed below.
1 - Organic Plant-Based Milk
We couldn't talk about 2022 food trends without mentioning organic plant-based milk. Non-dairy milk has become a massive hit in the past year as more people adopt a plant-based diet, with numerous brands launching new products.
It is claimed that non-dairy milk is healthier and can even be tastier than regular dairy, making it an important trend for 2022.
We have already seen how innovative companies such as Alpro and Oatly have been using plant-based milks such as almond milk, oat milk, or potato milk to produce a variety of dairy-free products.
Potato milk could possibly be the most exciting of the plant-based milks, as it is considerably better for the environment than oat milk.
It appears that the market is only going to get more prominent over the next few months as more and more people become aware of how plant-based diets can impact their health.
2 - Ancient grains
Organic ancient grains are expected to be an important organic food trend in 2022. Ancient grains provide unique flavours and textures which are widely used in cuisine today. This includes quinoa, amaranth and bulgur, among many others.
We have seen an increase in the number of ancient grains released over the past few years, and we expect to see more and more organic products become available in 2022. These can be used to produce a range of healthy dishes which are easy to prepare.
4 - Organic nostalgic recipes
We've seen growing demand from consumers for nostalgic recipes which are intended to take them back to their childhood.
This has led to the release of numerous products which bring back memories of bygone eras. Nostalgic food items have been seen in various supermarkets for a few years now, and it is expected that this trend will grow further in 2022 due to the increased marketing efforts from many brands.
5 - Reducing food waste
We have seen a considerable increase in the number of initiatives being launched to reduce waste from food across the world. This is an essential organic food trend for 2022 as more and more people want to help tackle this growing issue and reduce their carbon footprint.
As well as direct food waste, there is increased awareness around the waste of resources such as water, fertilisers, and time as well as reducing food security.
Many consumers are becoming aware of how they can play a part, and it is expected that we will see more brands incorporate eco-friendly measures in their production processes over the next few years.
6 - Organic sustainable protein
By 2022, it is expected that sustainable organic protein will become one of the most important organic food trends.
Many consumers are starting to become aware of how animal agriculture can hurt the environment and how they can use their purchasing power to promote change within this industry.
This has led to an increase in the sale of alternatives to animal products which are often marketed as sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Protein alternatives are still very new within the market but it is expected that they will become more popular throughout 2022 to help promote sustainable living.
7 - Gut health
By 2022, gut health is expected to become one of the most important food trends. It's long been known eating certain foods can impact your gut, but it has only recently become popular for health experts to promote this as a lifestyle choice.
This appears to be happening now as more people are becoming aware of how their diet can affect their gut health, mental health, and even skin health.
This can be seen with the increased demand for "probiotics", which are often found in fresh fruit and vegetables.
It is also claimed that fermented foods can positively impact your gut, so look out for more organic fermented foods being launched over the next few years, such as Kombucha.
Probiotics can boost immunity, improve digestion, support heart health, reduce yeast infections, decrease colds and flu symptoms, regulate body weight and mood.
Human clinical trials have shown how probiotics help to improve our health both inside and outside of the digestive tract.
8 - Functional ingredients
Another top organic trend for 2022 is the inclusion of functional ingredients in food and drink products. These are ingredients designed to achieve a positive health outcome, for example, the benefits of vitamin C in lemonades.
Functional food is any type of food with components that offer medicinal, beneficial effects to the body. Functional ingredients can be anything from dietary fibre to omega fatty acids and probiotics.
This is one of the trends for 2022 that aligns closely with consumers increasing interest in self-care, health, and wellness with a desire for preventative health care.
9 - Organics in fast food
We expect that as fast-food chains look closely at the impact of changing consumer preference and climate change impact of their offerings, they will start to offer organic plant-based options.
In recent years, and particularly since the pandemic, consumers appear to be more willing to experiment with alternative options. This is one of the organic food trends we expect to see in 2022 and beyond, thanks to the growing interest in health and wellbeing and protecting the environment.
Our food trends for 2022 show an increase in eco-friendly and organic food options.
We expect to see more brands incorporate environment-friendly measures along with their production processes.
Consumers are expected to continue to be interested in their gut health and demand for clean eating. We anticipate that consumers will seek more sustainable animal proteins or meat alternatives.
Crucially, the self-care movement will continue to grow as consumers become increasingly aware of how diet can positively impact their wellbeing from the inside out. We'll be watching these trends closely as we continue to bring you the latest organic food news during 2022.
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