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Evolving Ethnic Cuisines & Global Flavors

January 2, 2019

 

Global Flavors are Thriving

Consumers are turning to food and beverage to connect with new cultures and experience new flavors. As the multicultural population continues to increase in the United States, more consumers are willing to try flavors that were once considered unique. This is especially true to millennials and younger consumers with forty-eight percent of millennials willing to try a new food simply because it sounds interesting².

 

  • 64% of US consumers are interested in Asian-inspired foods

  • 63% of US consumers are interested in Latin American foods

  • 66% of US consumers are interested in Middle Eastern foods in restaurants

 

There is a desire to create these dishes at home but lack of skill has consumers visiting restaurants to fulfill their cravings. To capitalize on this movement, operators can offer a variety of concepts:

 

Beverages

Aguas frescas, a traditional Mexican drink, align with the better-beverage movement. They provide a versatile base to infuse a variety of ingredients from herbs and fruit, to spirits and spices. 

Peach Agua Fresca - Click For Recipe

 

 

Desserts

Forty percent of consumers are interested in ethnic desserts² and options like churros and mochi are sure to hit the sweet spot.  

Boysenberry Empanadas - Click For Recipe

 

 

Ethnic Condiments

From chili sauce to chutneys, globally inspired sauces and spreads are seeing an increase on menus.

Raspberry Red Chili Glaze - Click For Recipe

¹Mintel

²Datassentials

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