Five ways future food trends will impact on kitchen design

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Future food trends and changing consumer attitudes to food sources, nutrition, hygiene and health will have a big impact on the way kitchens are designed and used.

1. Fresh Thinking

Consumers understand more about nutrition now than they have ever done before, and know that what we eat impacts our health, and has the power to keep disease at bay.

Cooling technology has advanced so that fridges can keep food fresher for longer, and ‘smart gardens’ enable people to grow their own herbs and salad at home. Harvesting food as and when it’s needed reduces waste and unnecessary packaging, and of course, couldn’t be fresher.

The Global Wellness Trends Report 2018 predicts that built-in cabinets of ‘living food’ where people can grow their own produce will become part of kitchen designs in the future.

Future food trends and changing consumer attitudes to food sources, nutrition, hygiene and health will have a big impact on the way kitchens are designed and used. Click To Tweet

2. Easy Does It

Convenience is key as we all become increasingly time poor. Technology now offers consumers the ability to use voice commands to operate appliances and access the internet, to keep on top of food stocks, order in replacement groceries, research recipes and gain access to ingredients they’ve never tried before with ease.

Drone delivery, which will speed up the journey of food from retailer to kitchen even more, isn’t far away, and homes will need to be adapted to be able receive this kind of service.

For the ultimate in at-home convenience, installing 3-D food printers will offer the ability to have food production in the comfort of our own kitchens.

3. Getting Personal

The personalisation trend has extended to food. Soon it will be possible for consumers to have their DNA tested to ascertain exactly how their body responds to all types of food, and enable them to follow recipes uniquely tailored to suit their needs, whether it be part of a weight-loss programme or to accommodate intolerances.

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As a result, cooking from scratch is going to be more important in the future kitchen so web-enabled screens on fridges, ovens and worktops delivering recipes will be increasingly commonplace, and in the future 3-D printers will be able to produce specific personalised types of food.

4. Eco Chambers

More consumers are adopting a sustainable approach to food and making efforts to reduce meat intake – according to a survey last year by Waitrose one in eight Brits are now vegetarian or vegan.

Cultured or ‘clean’ meat is on the verge of being a consumer-ready technology and will help with this, but this is also about tackling food waste and recycling.

Fridges that offer updates about expiry dates and suggest recipes for using ingredients will soon be widely available, and integrated waste management systems for homeowners to sort rubbish, recycling and compost are now making it to the planning stages of kitchen design.

But in the future, 3-D food printing will eliminate food waste altogether as users will be able to produce exactly the amount they need, and recycle all leftovers.

5. Social Scene

While the mega-trend of online takeaway food ordering continues to boom, equally meal-kit subscriptions and grocery-delivery services are a growing market, as this simplifies the ‘home cooking experience’ for the less-confident cook.

Meal-kit subscriptions and grocery-delivery services are a growing market, as this simplifies the 'home cooking experience' for the less-confident cook. Click To Tweet

Similarly, spending quality time with friends is high on the experience-loving consumer’s list of things to take pleasure in, and kitchens are going to continue their evolution into communal open-plan spaces where people can come together to relax and share food.

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