Customers’ habits and preferences – whether by choice or not – are changing all the time.

With more and more consumers becoming health- and environmentally-conscious, the turn to vegetarian, plant-based, and other alternative diets is becoming more appealing.

We’re also seeing a rise in gluten-free and dairy-free diets that are shaping the purchasing habits of consumers around the world.

Three major factors can be discerned to explain the growth in these trends: genuine intolerance, conscious diets, and sustainable movements.

Millions of people suffer from food intolerance, including gluten, lactose, and peanuts. As a result, food establishments are becoming more aware and making changes to accommodate more people. You’ve probably noticed a bigger presence of this across your local high street.

Conscious diets are chosen by those who don’t necessarily have an intolerance to food ingredients, but are instead changing their eating habits for health, ethical, and cultural reasons.

There are around 1.7 million Vegetarians and Vegans in the UK, and this figure is set to skyrocket over the coming years.

Finally, we have diets and choices influenced by those wanting to limit their impact on the environment, such as avoiding pesticides to retain biodiversity.

The result? An ever-expanding range of tastes, requirements, and preferences that the food industry needs to cater for.

It’s crucial to stay informed of our guest’s needs in order to provide service that’s tailored and unforgettable.

Dish up plates your customers will love with the help from our friends over at Nisbets.