Trends we spotted | Week 29


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At we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, amongst others about Lucuma the new superfood from Peru and if you’re going to London and love the food from Wagamama, check out their Noodle Lab at Dean Street. We also read that Starbucks and McDonalds join forces in the NextGen Cup Challenge.  And Mosa Meat wants to put cultured meat into the Dutch market in 2021.

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Lucuma | Peru has a new superfood

The nutrition-packed lucuma fruit is tough to transport out of its native land. But it’s still finding a way onto restaurant menus, into grocery stores, and even onto the shelves at Walmart in the US. The latest nutritional powerhouse to appear on global menus is lucuma, a fruit that grows at altitudes of about 9,000 feet. While it resembles a large, round, orange-fleshed avocado, lucuma has a pronounced caramel taste. It’s almost impossible to find fresh outside South America; unusually delicate, it starts to spoil soon after picking.

wagamama | Noodle lab at Dean Street, London

The Noodle Lab, on Dean Street, is the only place in the UK where wagamama tests new concepts, including dishes, collabs and even uniforms, by letting you guys in to try it all out and leave feedback, so you could be deciding what gets rolled out nationwide. Now wagamama is testing a new set of fish dishes, including chilli prawn ramen, tuna kokoro bowl and sakana fish curry, worked in partnership with The London Nutritionist Jo Travers to advise on the benefits of Omega 3. Check out the video in the link.

The 2018 World’s Best Hotels Awards

Every year, the American magazine Travel + Leisure honors the 100 best hotels in the world. This collection of stunning properties have been voted the best on the planet by 5 million T+L readers.   Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities.

27 of the top 100 hotels in the world are located in Asia, including the winner the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Indonesia. Europe has 18 winners.

Restaurant La Vie*** in Osnabrück by chef Thomas Bühner has closed 

The reason that the three Michelin star restaurant has been closed is due to the owner, the Georgsmarienhütte Group according to the article on Tageskarte. The main activity of this group is steel production and processing and their culinary activities are shut down immediately.

Flower Burger brings pink, blue and black burgers to the Netherlands

The vegan burger chain Flower Burger from Milan opens an establishment in Rotterdam on July 27. The concept is known for its colourful burgers. Flower burger has been established in 2015 in Milan, and has seven restaurants in Italy. The menu consists of 100% vegan burgers made with natural ingredients. The burgers are very striking since they are coloured with natural food dyes.

Mosa Meat wants to put cultured meat into the Dutch market in 2021

The Dutch company Mosa Meat will launch cultured meat into the market in 2021. Via fundraising they collected over 7.5 million euro. The European food authority EFSA needs to grant approval to the cultured meat before it is allowed to launch into the market.

Starbucks and McDonald’s join forces to save the planet

Limited-service giants, McDonald’s and Starbucks — normally rivals in the breakfast category — are joining forces to save the planet. McDonald’s on Tuesday announced plans to join Starbucks in fast-tracking innovation that would lead to a recyclable or compostable cup that would suit the millions needed to serve their customers hot and cold beverages. McDonald’s pledged to spend $5 million to support ideas through the NextGen Cup Challenge. We wrote about the NextGen Cup Challenge in our trends we spotted week 18.


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