Trends & Innovation Transforming The Future Of Food & Beverage Industry
The food and beverage sector has witnessed a considerable transformation in recent times and is expected to evolve even more.There are a lot of opportunities for F&B businesses in terms of growth, especially in a country like India where people are so passionately driven by food. Families from higher income groups explore dining out in new places and cuisines. Changing consumer tastes has always been the driving force of the sector. In the last couple of years, the focus has heavily been on health and wellness, exotic flavours, and snacking in terms of customers' food preferences. The sector in India is also beginning to see a higher impact of technology be in terms of the number of delivery apps or collation of big data that allows us to understand customer preferences.
People are growing increasingly health conscious. Fitness and wellness as a trend have also begun to influence food be it at dine in restaurants delivery orders or take aways.
In the last couple of years, we have witnessed how people moved away from sugar and sweet products. There is a higher demand for sugar free shakes and pastries, from both adults and children.
Customer engagement on social media today is about creating conversations, and not merely about selling. Your brand identity is show cased strongly on these platforms and acts as a guide to associate with your brand values
We also notice a return to roots in terms of the food that we consume. While foods like quinoa and chia seeds were extremely popular a couple of years ago, today we notice that there is a demand for their Indian counterparts in dishes. Millets have become extremely popular, especially in South India and has to feature on the menu.
The historic epidemic of COVID-19 the first one we've faced in the times of technology will further drive people to carefully examine what they eat, where it comes from and its nutrition impact.
Food tech, a decade ago, was defined as companies who were into food R& D. However, today, it means companies like Swiggy, Zomato, and others where food is made accessible through an app at your convenience.
Most cafes and restaurants are also taking the help of technology to understand customer preferences, manage bookings, understand patterns and trends and supply chain management.
Technology has also spurred the growth of cloud kitchens across the country, developing an entirely new business model. This evolution shows the demand for food on the go and helps the company focus more on the quality and experiment instead of an overall dining experience.
In fact, the ‘grab and go' model has also grown popular in the last year. Popularised by coffee cafes in Europe and the US, this trend is now entering the metro cities of India. We are used to kiosks that focus on food, but the 'take away coffee and juice' model will gain more traction in 2020.
Social Connect & Brand Loyalty
Social media is a great opportunity to connect to the customer and is becoming more critical in engaging and retaining customer loyalty. For cafes and chains that are across multiple cities, this also helps in ensuring uniformity of communications and continuity.
Customer engagement on social media today is about creating conversations, and not merely about selling. Your brand identity is showcased strongly on these platforms and acts as a guide to associate with your brand values.
Moment Marketing was huge in 2019, especially for the hospitality industry and showcased how the industry could adapt to new trends on the go.
The social trend today is about campaigns, customer engagement and recall instead of merely sharing photos of food.