The move to affordable, accessible and local ingredients
The pandemic, climate emergency and global geopolitical tensions have exposed the fragility of the world’s supply chains, accelerating a shift from expensive, unstable imports to more accessible hyper-local ingredient substitutes. Brands are pivoting away from imported goods to local products and low-impact regional ingredients.
In London, chef Santiago Lastra has a ‘flavour for flavour’ principle at Mexican restaurant Kol, replacing imported Mexican staples such as avocados and lime with native English produce.
More widely innovators are using flavours from around the world to add value to low-cost alternatives to create dishes that still feel crave-worthy. Beans and nuts are being used as an alternative, low-cost source of protein and more affordable, unsung meat cuts are becoming a more common feature on menus - reducing food waste while offering culinary adventure.
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