Demand for organic food is on the rise ever since the term ‘organic’ got popular. People now are more inclined to buy an organically grown food than a traditional pesticide sprayed agricultural product. Traditionally grown products harm the environment as well as the people consuming them with the toxins they contain while organically grown foods benefits the environment.
According to research by Bord Bia, Irish organic market stands at $206 million, while in 2016 the same in the U.S was a whopping $43 billion, and it already represents 5.3 percent of total retail food sales there. Also, Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion is the most significant indicator of them all.
There is no doubt that organic foods will be in demand in 2018. Let’s focus on the new trends they are about to make.
#1. Availability in variety of sizes
Many people want to switch to organic food, but the issue was they don’t want to buy large size packets as it’s considered that organic food rots faster because it’s much cleaner than regularly grown food. That’s a debate in itself, so we will not concentrate our efforts on that, but many factors play a role in making food go bad.
To counter this problem organic food growing companies introduced small sizes of the items which are reasonably priced helping the customers try their food without the worry of wasting the food.
#2. Introduction of foods containing organic items
Packaged food items that include organic products are relatively low, around only 2 percent but products labeled as ‘natural’ are plenty on the market. In 2018 many more products have and will be introduced with organic ingredients including snacks, powders, juices, etc. You can expect a healthy treat in 2018.
#3. Eatable Flowers
Edible flowers will be in demand. And you will find it everywhere. Talk about coffee, sweets, you name it, and you will have it. Whole foods note that citrusy elderflower and bright pink hibiscus trees will be in demand this year.
#4. Increasing availability of grass-fed meat
People nowadays are more concerned where there produce is coming from. Especially meat. As there were many documentaries and studies on how animals were given steroids to increase their size so that more can be sold in the market. Also traditionally animals were fed grains. But recent trend is of grass-fed meat in which animals are made to roam on the farm, and they eat natural grass which makes them a healthier option to have. As per Star Tribune, conventional grain-fed beef consumption has been on the decline for many years, while sales of grass-fed beef are growing, i.e., from $17 million in 2012 to $272 million in 2016.
You are bound to see organic foods in every supermarket shelves in 2018 and that too in many varieties. Try the one that interests you and incorporate this healthy food option in your diet in 2018. Don’t just make resolutions of being healthy. Start acting on it today and remember not only does organic food benefit you but it benefits our environment and planet.