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Arguably 2020 has seen the biggest shift in food trends; not only were families forced to cook more and together at home, but many turned to cultivate vegetable gardens for fresh produce. Sales of seeds skyrocketed around the world. People found new respect and understanding of the process of ‘farm to table’.
Experimentation in the home kitchen also thrived. As most people had more time, cooking became a family affair and was more enjoyable. Some products were harder to access so one had to be inventive. There was less waste, and one became more conscious of what we were eating.
But going forward, as we enter a brand new year, celebrity chef Sarah Todd believes we will see an increase in plant-based food and sustainable eating. “I believe there has been a paradigm shift in eating habits. The last 12 months have instilled a new mindset that will continue in 2021. We will think before we spend, meaning home cooking will continue. farmers approach marketing has matured and customers are now more aware of what is available,” she told IANSlife.
Adding: “Restaurants and cafes have been the hardest hit during the pandemic which affects farmers, workers, and proprietors. People are making a conscious effort to support them by eating out when they can. This will increase as confidence grows.”
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Chef Vineet Manocha, Vice President Culinary, Lite Bite Foods feels the year 2020 brought dramatic changes in eating and living habits with “local being the new sustainable… More and more use of local resources, produce, ingredients and equipment and focus on seasonal produce,” he added. Manocha lists down a few trends to look out for in 2021:
Healthy all the way
Health food is totally in and immunity-boosting foods are trending. The focus will be on choosing the ingredients carefully and eating well in the age of dieting. Wholesome nutritious food will be planned by us which is well balanced as per the principles of Ayurveda. Food also affects your mental health and in this age of pandemic anxiety, it’s very important that we eat calming nutritional food.
Heirloom and ancient ingredients
There will be a lot of experimentation on Heirloom varieties like ragi, barley, millets, teff, and spelled. More and more focus will be on lost ingredients and lost recipes. Home chefs are bringing in a lot of traction on ancient recipes. It’s not difficult in India to move back to sustainable heirloom ingredients as we just have to look back two generations. There is a lot of focus on reviving old cooking methods, cookware, techniques, and recipes. There is a growing appreciation for Ghee and cold-pressed seed oils which were used by our ancestors.
Rise of neighborhood Foodpreneurs
With growing awareness and campaigns about “Support Local Businesses”, many trained chefs will turn entrepreneurs, providing personalized, customized food solutions to a limited customer base. This is also supported by the demand for “food with a story”. Small menus, customized to needs, changing frequently to provide variety, local sustainability, daily subscription of meal kits, unpretentious dark kitchens, etc. will get a further boost this year.
We are all aware of the threat of food security and the rising population. The severity of food wastage is catching up as a trend with the chefs. There will be a growing trend to reduce food wastage as much as possible and develop recipes that can make peels delicious. The trend does not just revolve around Blissful food from waste but also cocktails and beverages using food waste, peels, and ingredients like apple pulp, orange peels, etc. Blissful recipes will be a big trend in 2021.
Wine Trends for 2021
Sonal Holland, India’s only Master of Wine believes in the last quarter of 2020, we have finally seen some buoyancy and a pick-up in sales in the F&B industry. With sales only opening up again in end-August, the industry has been playing catch-up ever since, to try and make back the significant losses faced over the course of the year. Keeping this in mind, her forecast for the wine trends for 2021:
A Thirst for Knowledge
The pandemic was marked by a steep increase in online learning – webinars, Zoom meets, Instagram Lives and more helped people worldwide bide their time, with countless resources becoming available via which people were able to learn new skills. The wine and beverage industry also saw a lot of knowledge being shared by global experts; I predict that both consumers and professionals in the trade will continue to consume education about beverages and wine, well into the New Year.
A Surge in Specialist Wine Stores & Online Sales
In 2021, I see more consumers seeking out modern wine specialist stores at which to make their purchases. These are typically posh shops located within large food retail formats, shopping malls, or multi-theatre complexes. They offer a wider selection of both domestic and international wines; better-informed staff; and overall, a better experience for the consumer.
Another big trend that will continue into the New Year is the purchase of alcohol online. Ever since the Government has allowed online sales of alcohol, consumers have gravitated towards this highly convenient – and pandemic-proof – way of purchasing their favorite beverages. Given that the excise department has seen such a significant dip in revenue this year, I see no reason why the Government won’t continue to encourage online liquor sales into the New Year, and even longer.
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An Affordable Luxury: In a year where the affluent haven’t had a chance to spend on themselves as much, through international holidays or luxury purchases, a quick and convenient way to consume luxury is by spending on premium wines. Now more than ever, wine has become a luxury that the affluent can splurge on – I see premium wine purchases continuing through the New Year, with the wealthy even looking to trade up, and splurge more than usual on their wines and other luxury beverages.
Wine in Cans
With the recent introduction of wine in cans by brands like Sula and Fratelli, the Indian consumer, who is younger and not as experienced in the world of wines, will have more opportunities to try and enjoy wines in 2021. Wine in cans is a more accessible and price-sensitive way for consumers to sample the beverage, and with their introduction, the hope is that a younger, newer audience will convert to drinking wine.
Blush & Rose Wines
In 2021, I predict that rose still wine from regions all across the world – like French Provence, Italy, Spain, and so on, will continue to rise in popularity. Rose wines are incredibly versatile, offering the lightness and freshness of a white wine, but the body and fruit of red wine. They also pair very well with vegetarian food. One variant in the rose category that will continue to enjoy popularity in the New Year is the blush-colored styles of Moscato wines. It’s a medium-sweet wine and low in alcohol, thus allowing for easy drinking. It’s got great aromatics and is especially a hit among lady drinkers. As women continue to embrace wines in 2021, options like Moscato, which are perfumed, sherbet-like, and not very expensive, will remain popular.
Dessert Trends for 2021
In the midst of so much uncertainty in 2020, treating took center stage as it delivered our daily dose of ‘small happy’; so as we step into 2021, what better way to celebrate than by looking forward to the delicious and tantalizing treats that will emerge over the next twelve months. The Baileys Treat Report 2021 compiled by Baileys, with leading food futurologist Dr. Morgaine Gaye presents delicious trends for 2021.
A Drop of Self-care
Unsurprisingly, everyone has been indulging in a bit more self-care in 2020 and the self-care kick will continue. People will be indulging themselves in new botanical drinks that offer qualities like ‘calm’, ‘focus’, ‘glow’ and ‘rest’, and new fermented beverages like hop water; a non-alcoholic drink with a slight beer or ale taste, will be bigger than ever.
The humble porridge oats will go center stage as oat-based milk chocolates, ice creams, cheeses, yogurts, and even double cream are coming our way.
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I Should Cacao!
Cacao pulp, the bit you don’t see as it’s generally discarded when making chocolate, is a sweet and fruity flesh. You can also expect to see it as a flavourful alternative to coconut water, topped with eye-catching edible flowers for the perfect non-alcoholic refresher.
Japan is a haven for delicious, whimsical treats that will put a smile on your face, and we’ll be seeing a massive influx of Japanese inspired wonders including wobbly, fat, pillow-like pancakes and the Taiyaki fish, a soft waffle-like cones in the shape of a fish is stuffed to the gills with ice cream, sprinkles, sauces, and wafers.
Spread the Love
Savory spreads are getting a makeover as they turn to treats. Add a touch of luxury to toast as Sloe Gin spreads and Champagne butter will make the humble piece of bread into a meal fit for royalty.
How’s this for a glow-up?
We’re talking completely edible algae that will find its way into our favorite cocktails, giving them an incredible other-worldly appearance that will be hard to ignore. Will someone pass us a Glowtini?
As Light as Air
On the coattails of the whipped Dalgona coffee, this treating trend is only growing in popularity in 2021. Air will be whipped, injected, and stuffed into everything from ice cream to candy floss, giving a light texture that leaves us craving more.
They’ve been around for a few years, but in 2021, some classics get a gloriously adventurous treating make-over as the macaron and Danish pastry get whimsical. Introducing the Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich and the Nougat Crown, with all the muted tones and flavors getting set aside for over the top color and tastes… already building up a sizeable following in Los Angeles.
Let’s hope in the New Year we can finally raise a glass and cheer while we focus on clean and mindful eating. (IANS)
As the world reopens after 18-20 months of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns, a new variant of the coronavirus -- called B.1.1.529 -- has been identified in South Africa that has left the scientific community worried, as they fear that this new strain could fuel outbreaks in several countries and cripple health systems once again. Over 100 cases have been detected in South Africa, where the new strain is slowly becoming the dominant one.
Here are five things you should know about this deadly super Covid variant that has forced a number of countries, including the UK, Israel, Italy and Singapore, to restrict travel from South Africa and other countries in the region.
1. According to South African health officials, the 'B.1.1.529' variant has many more mutations than scientists expected, especially after a severe third wave, which was driven by the Delta variant. Many of the mutations are of concern for immune evasion and transmissibility.
2. B.1.1.529 carries a high number of mutations in its spike protein, which plays a key role in the virus' entry into cells in the human body. The B.1.1.529 variant has 50 mutations overall, including more than 30 on the spike protein alone which is the target of most current Covid vaccines.
The new strain "likely evolved during a chronic infection of an immuno-compromised person, possibly in an untreated HIV/AIDS patient".| Flickr
3. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said it will take a few weeks to understand the impact of the new variant. Scientists have said it is the most heavily mutated version yet, which means vaccines, which were designed using the original strain from Wuhan in China, may not be as effective. The WHO has called a meeting to discuss B.1.1.529 and decide if it will be officially designated a variant of concern.
4. First identified in South Africa this week, the strain has spread to nearby countries, including Botswana. Israel has identified a case of a Covid-19 variant with a large number of mutations "in a person who returned from Malawi". Two cases have been detected in Hong Kong. India has called for rigorous screening of passengers from South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong.
5. There are still speculations floating around the variant's origin. According to Francois Balloux, Director of the London-based UCL Genetics Institute, the new strain "likely evolved during a chronic infection of an immuno-compromised person, possibly in an untreated HIV/AIDS patient". (IANS/ MBI)
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By- Erik Schmidt
Many industries have been shut down to the global covid-19 pandemic; betting is one of the most affected industries.
By August of last year, most betting shops were closed due to the lockdown issued by the government worldwide. It was announced recently that the pre-tax profits fell by 91% and the betting operators are facing great struggles due to this pandemic.
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One of the great things betting industries have accomplished during this pandemic is changing betting from land-based to digital wagering. Online betting has offered better odds and features to the modern bettor and has given betting industries good profits. How does this affect betting shops? Will they stand a chance is of surviving during this pandemic? Should they give way to online betting to take over?
You have to check on online betting websites and windows of land-based bettors to understand how much they depend on professional sporting events. Sports like football, tennis, horse racing, golf, cricket, basketball, dart, and baseball stopped due to covid-19, thus greatly affecting the income of betting.
Brick and Mortar casinos are also remained closed due to this pandemic and it's also not easy to being back bettors to a land-based casino because of all the regulations that have to be followed. The online casino did not greatly suffer during this pandemic compared to the land-based casino. They saw an increase since most bettors used online casinos. To understand how massive the online betting industry has become, Wetten.com explains more. But the question is, what is the future of the betting industry post-covid-19?
The future looks bright in sports betting; some major events such as the PGA tour and English premier league have resumed despite the outbreak of covid-19. The events are taking place, although the fans are not allowed inside the venue; they have allowed online and offline bookmakers to accept bets.
There is a possibility of a second outbreak of this pandemic. So the betting industry should be ready for anything because there is a possibility of sports events being discontinued in the future. It is worth introducing casino games and eSports to online bookmakers that don't offer these services. It's a good time for land-based bookmakers to offer online sports betting as they can be asked to close again in the future.
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Online casinos have the chance to operate despite the lockdown situation. But they can also suffer a loss since most people are out of work and can't spend their money on entertainment. Betting is always resilient, even in worse financial status, but there is no assurance that the trend continues since the world is dealing with something that has never occurred before.
The betting industry, just like any other great industry, must consider taking things step by step. Hopefully, things will get back to normal if the pandemic improves. Still, if it is the opposite, online betting websites must be ready with other alternatives for sports betting, just like casino games.
How can betting shops stay in business?
There are two things betting operators have to do to stay afloat. The first one is changing into the digital side, for that is the only option they have. Despite them changing to the digital side, they also have to find ways to help their customers switch over to mobile betting.
Operators should also create an exclusive privilege for VIP players by sectioning their shops where the VIP players can sit and enjoy extra perks. By practicing these two things, the chances of survival for the betting industry will increase.
Practices to use to maintain the betting shops.
Change the payment methods by avoiding cash, instead let the clients use banking methods, credit cards and PayPal to reduce contact with clients.
Make sure players have a proper social distance.
Ensure players spend time in one sector, and this is possible by offering games that don't require movement within the building.
Always decontaminate the building.
How will Virtual Reality Technology help the betting industry?
Gaming machines are the best to make sure that your betting business success. Terminals used in the Virtual Reality Tech allow players to enjoy slots and virtual sports using the same machine. Players feel more secure being able to bet on every game on the same device. With one machine only being used, it reduces contamination since the machine will be contaminated between players.
It's been a whole year since the pandemic began and though it's not over yet, things will get back to normal. The betting industry is not a stranger to the problems caused by the pandemic. The online betting industry is still operating and has also grown, but the retail sector has gone through economic losses. The retail sector can survive the pandemic by following the above measures.
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The festive season is around the corner and with sugar-laden sweets, snacks and luncheons, festive eating tends to tip towards an indulgence. The pandemic, along with the holiday season, provides us with a double incentive to take care of our health, especially if you have a chronic health condition like diabetes.People with diabetes need to find ways to manage their health smartly and effectively to mitigate risks that come with the disease such as kidney problems, heart diseases, nerve issues, foot problems, and so on. Controlling glucose levels, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and regular medical consultations are key to managing this disease effectively.
Dr Jothydev Kesavadev, Diabetologist and MD of Jothydev's Diabetes Research Centres said, "It is imperative for one to always make sure diabetes is being well-managed, but, during the festive season, it is important than usual. Uncontrolled diabetes can heighten the risk of developing severe diseases or complications. Regularly monitoring glucose levels helps you catch spikes or trends that suggest your diabetes may be getting out of control. This also helps you to take timely measures," he explains.
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Here are a few tips for better diabetes management during the pandemic:
Scheduling is key: Diabetic patients need to continue medications without interruption. Apart from continuous monitoring of glucose levels, do plan regular consultations with the doctor. It is also imperative that patients do not ignore high blood glucose levels, HbA1C >10%, or positive urine ketone status.
No pain, no gain!: Diet & exercise play a major role in preventing and managing diabetes. Attention to nutrition and adequate protein intake along with exercise helps control weight and lower blood pressure. It also lowers harmful LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, raises healthy HDL cholesterol, strengthens muscles and bones, reduces anxiety, and improves general well-being. Patients with diabetes are encouraged to take up 45 minutes of moderate activity every day.
Wearable devices for the win!: Technology advances have led wearable devices, to allow patients to keep a close tab on glucose levels. One such wearable is the Freestyle Libre that go a long way in helping people with diabetes (both type 1 and 2) manage the disease well. Continuous glucose monitoring, through these devices, offers the highest levels of accuracy and performance standards.
Patients with diabetes need to practice utmost caution to healthy food
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Say no to stress: Stress can be a major barrier to effective glucose control. This has become worse during the pandemic, as health anxieties and long lockdowns have given rise to emotional responses like anxiety, frustration and disappointment. One can opt for healthier life choices such as exercise, yoga and meditation to avoid stress.
Stay safe: The pandemic is still with us. Patients with diabetes need to practice utmost caution to reduce the risk of catching an infection. Along with vaccinations, patients with diabetes need to ensure safe choices such as social distancing, wearing a mask, and frequent hand washing.
This festive season, even those with diabetes can enjoy life to the fullest, provided these simple measures are followed to keep the glucose levels under check. (IANS/PR)
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