Uber Eats pre­dicts the big UAE food trends of 2019

Ve­g­an­ism is set to go main­stream ac­cord­ing to its re­search

Caterer Middle East - - Supplier News -

Us­ing data col­lected from its food de­liv­ery app, Uber Eats has pre­dicted that a num­ber of ve­gan food stuffs are set to go main­stream in 2019, as an in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple search for plant-based prod­ucts.

The firm an­a­lysed more than 191 mil­lion searches on the app across the Mid­dle East and Africa over the last six months to put to­gether its list. Ed­i­ble flow­ers, such as bor­age blos­soms, laven­der, and hibis­cus, topped the brand’s food trend list, with seiten, the protein rich, meat sub­sti­tute, com­ing in a close sec­ond.

Man­aeesh, a bread from the Eastern Mediter­ranean, also made the list, along­side heme, an in­gre­di­ent which al­lows plant-based food to ‘bleed’ mak­ing it look more like real meat.

Poke bowls, which were a big hit in 2018, are set to con­tinue their rise to promi­nence in 2019 ac­cord­ing to the data from Uber Eats.

Uber Eats head of user re­search Jeanette Mellinger said: “As our search data shows, food pref­er­ences are con­stantly evolv­ing and the lat­est is a rise in so­cially-con­scious din­ers. In line with this, we ex­pect to see ve­g­an­ism be­come in­creas­ingly main­stream, ris­ing from just a few per­cent in each coun­try to a life­style choice for mil­lions of in­di­vid­u­als.”

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