<p>Reflecting on culinary trends: Godrej Food Trends Report 2023 in retrospect. (Image for representation only) </p>
Reflecting on culinary trends: Godrej Food Trends Report 2023 in retrospect. (Image for representation only)

In the year 2023 Godrej Food Trends Report laid down the top trends that enticed the entire nation towards a journey of self-love through food. The Report was put together by a consortium of 350+ culinary luminaries, including celebrity chefs, home cooks, bloggers, and healthcare experts, who predicted and shaped the sustainable and mindful culinary trends that coloured our plates and palates. Here’s a look back at 2023:

Industry experts reported that a remarkable 60% surge was witnessed in the farm-to-table restaurant concept, that fostered a deeper connection between consumers and their food. Restaurant such as The Banyan Tree Café in Mumbai, Elina Vara in Delhi and Farmlore in Bangalore are a few examples of the ever-changing dynamic of farm to table restaurants. These restaurants exemplify the idea of cooking with sustainable organic ingredients without compromising on taste.

Sweets have always been a favourite to the typical Indian household as it was the third most ordered dish nationally. Yet 2023 presented a unique change as desserts with healthier claims became increasingly popular, endorsed by a substantial 69% of experts. Sweets such as Mishti Doi, Kheer, Phirni and Halwa providing a protein packed punch for the average Indian sweet tooth.

Ice cream, a perennial favourite indulgence, has also undergone a transformation towards health-consciousness. With 75% of experts noting a rising demand for dairy-free and vegan options, the market has seen a shift as consumers move beyond the flavour and towards the ingredients of a guilt free treat. Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, and Chennai saw an increased demand for such healthy vegan ice creams as the urban population adopts a mindful, nutritious mindset towards food.

In the wake of global health concerns, consumers are prioritizing immunity and functional health-boosting beverages, with a notable 56% of experts acknowledging their popularity. From herbal teas to probiotic-rich kombuchas, consumers are embracing beverages that not only quench thirst but also nourish their bodies with vitamins, antioxidants, and immune-boosting ingredients.

“As we bid farewell to the culinary landscape of 2023, it’s evident that consumers are no longer merely seeking sustenance; they’re on a quest for mindful nourishment,” observes Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal, managing director of Perfect Bite Consulting and curating editor of the annual Godrej Foods Trends. “From the resurgence of farm-to-table dining to the flourishing array of plant-based alternatives and guilt-free desserts, each trend of 2023 reflected a conscious choice towards holistic wellness. Now with the much-awaited launch of the Godrej Food Trend Report 2024, we can look forward to new trends that will take these conversations around sustainable and enlightened approaches to food consumption further.”

  • Published On Mar 19, 2024 at 06:00 PM IST

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