So what is on the agenda and innovation plans for 2017 in the food and drink sector? Health still seems to be a strong factor, but continuing the trend over recent years, convenience and 'saving time' are continuing to drive consumer demand. I will be attending Food Matters at the Excel in London this month, so it will be interesting to see what trends are on show for 2017.
In this photogallery, we report the trends and what they will mean to food and drink manufacturers. Mintel said that 2017 will be a year of “extremes”, with consumers choosing between more traditional approaches to food ingredients and using more technology. The analyst also predicted a rise in products designed to help people sleep more easily, focusing on the benefits of chamomile and chocolate before bed. Novel products like snacks made from ugly fruit and mayonnaise made from chickpeas would help to tackle food waste problems, suggested Mintel. Mintel global food and drink analyst Jenny Zegler said the trends were grounded in current consumer demands for healthy, convenient and trustworthy food and drink. y food for low-income consumers.”