Did you know that over 2 million Aussies live meat-free? Read on for more deets on the top food and lifestyle trends in Australia.
1) Liquor over Lindor
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A survey by AusPost revealed that Aussies ditched Easter eggs for booze this Easter, as research revealed that we would spend twice as much on alcohol than on chocolate for the holidays.
To be specific, over 2,000 were surveyed and results showed that they spent $90 on average on beer, wine and spirits but only $43 on chocolate. And lazily so, with most of the buying taking place in cyberspace to avoid crowds.
2) Taking Away Takeaway Packaging
Australia is finally planning to ban all non-recyclable packaging and single-use plastics. The Commonwealth has agreed to work with the state and territory governments to not only ensure all packaging is recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025 (or sooner) but to further develop our own recycling industry to process all the waste previously sent to China.
3) Veganism More Popular than Ever
As of 2018, Roy Morgan Research found that more than 2 million Australians are now vegan (with Melbourne and Sydney leading the charge) and Australia is the third-fastest growing vegan market in the world. Even Beyoncé’s tried it.
That being said, vegans need to work hard to ensure they have all the correct nutrients. Nicole Dynan from the Dietitians Association of Australia suggests they opt for omega-3-rich flaxseed oil, nuts, seaweed and tofu. With the rising popularity of dairy-free milk products, she’s guessing pea milk, flax milk and quinoa milk will be the new hot products of 2018.
4) Coffee with a Cause / Conscience
“Melbourne is obsessed by coffee, so there's no shortage of demand for it,” said Mark Hemetsberger, from Social Traders, which helps develop and grow social ventures.
Australia is home to a large fleet of hospitality social enterprises; for-profit companies with a social or environmental mission. These include:
Little Things Coffee, a small-batch roaster of ethically sourced and certified coffee beans, where all profits are exclusively donated to World Vision.
STREAT operates a bean roasting and catering business on top of four cafes, employing ~150 undeserved young people who are rising above family abuse, alcohol or drug problems and mental health illnesses. More than 80 per cent of STREAT trainees in their intensive programs go on to stable employment or further study, and 95 per cent have improved their housing situation.
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- Home.one, Crêpes for Change, The Coffee Cart Changing Lives, and Three Bears are a fleet of hospo social enterprises that aim to help as many people as possible by sending 100% of their profits to aid in the fight against hunger in Australia. (1 in 8 Australian children that go to school hungry every day and the 44,000+ homeless youths.)
5) Regional Dining
Australian diners are more willing to travel far from home for more memorable dining experiences. This new regional strength is one of the main trends forecast by The Australian Financial Review's ‘Australia's Top Restaurants’ Awards 2018.
They aren’t just cooking city food in the country; their food is locally sourced from small-scale farmers and their menus change seasonally, rooted in the surrounding hills and vales.
Long-term head chef Phil Wood has been greatly inspired by this, moving from Sydney’s bustling city to the the countryscape of the Pt. Leo Winery Estate in Victoria's Mornington Peninsula.
“Being here has changed the way I develop a dish," says Wood. "In Sydney I used to read books and come up with ideas, then look for the right produce. Here it's the other way around. I find the produce first, and then come up with the idea."
Watch this space for more food trend reports!