A lot can happen in 12 years! In January 2017 thefoodpeople was 12 years old!


So we’ve been reporting on food and beverage trends for well over a decade! During that 12 years, we’ve seen the launch of youtube, Instagram and twitter, the iphone and ipad, a global economic crisis and a recession, increase in ‘wild weather’ patterns, driverless cars as well as new words in our vocabulary, like selfie, food porn, head cam, house-made, cake-pop, group-hug, date night, onesie, flat white, fat tax, staycation, binge-watch, photobomb and babycino.


In food we’ve seen the forever food trends like comfort, health & wellness and convenience continue to evolve, we’ve seen grazing and sharing turn into an eating phenomena, we’ve seen Americana and burger gourmisation, and street food revolutionise the food scene, we’ve witnessed the cup cake trend, the growth of farm to table, we’ve seen El Bulli win best restaurant in the world and now it’s gone, we’ve seen dine in an dine out deals, restaurant food delivered, the first female 3* chef in the UK, we’ve seen the phenomenal growth of lifestyle allergen avoiders and flexitarians, the blur between sweet and savoury and 3-D printing, we’ve seen the new Nordic cuisine, sous vide cooking, the Cronut, coconut water, fire cooking, Unicorn, rainbow everything, Hygge, the Kimchi craze and the freakshake leading to the hybrid food movement.


If that wasn’t enough, vegetables increasingly take centre stage and we’ve seen launch of amazon fresh, grubhub and deliveroo and …. That’s just the tip of the iceberg! To see the detail behind how the last 12 years have panned out in food and drink, take a look at our 12 years in trends infographic!