Food is a vast industry that has gone through myriad changes in recent times. The trends are changing constantly fitting the needs of individual interests. Thus, it necessitates restaurants, chefs and others belonging to the food industry be up-to-date with all the innovations, services and methodologies.

Let’s get an overview of the changes which 2018 witnessed and what is kept in store for the coming year.

  • Delivery to Public Places.

Delivering food to houses is a common sight in cities. Considering its time-consuming aspect and cost-effectiveness, many restaurants and food joints opted to deliver food to open locations like parks, halls, etc.

  • Digital Menu Boards

Technology has eased a lot of things. The latest in the brigade are digital menu boards that opportune owners of restaurant change their menu and offer variety to customers. They can also add on special cuisines and adjust prices periodically, lower prices to entice people and hike for upscaling profits.

  • Mobile POS

Going the digital way, Mobile POS systems are used as cash registers. The mPOS systems turned popular for business which offers security, convenience using the built-in software for keeping accounting records.

  • Health and Wellness Food

The present gen is very cautious of fitness and thus 2018 witnessed a surge in health and wellness food like Adaptogens. These foods are known for relieving stress, boosting energy and making one feel relaxed. Considering this, one can look forward to the entry of more probiotic and fermented food in likes of Kimchi and others at restaurants.

  • Healthy Grab to Go Stores

It is no secret that food at restaurants cost a bomb. Hence, many opted for ready to grab pre-made meals from gas stations and grocery stores. Thus, these concepts are giving restaurants a run for the money.

  • Incentives for Dining Out

Considering the need of youngsters, businesses brought about incentives for dining out facilitating coupons with discounts at orders and dining on stores.

  • Discount

Many restaurants and food joints started to offer discounts on their orders. For example – Order through Mobile apps and win cash back up to 30% on every order.

  • Zero Waste

Food is the ultimate pleasure. Every individual slog day and night just for satiating their hunger. Thus, the importance to respect food and not waste it many restaurants produced less waste and recycled the same. Zero waste kitchens have become a common sight for coming up with innovative ways to use every part of the food and stop climate change.

  • Delivery Only Kitchen

More outlets turned from eating outlets to take home delivery outlets which delivered only prepared food from the kitchen.

  • Veggies focused Dishes and Protein Alternatives

2018 saw many lifestyle changes. There were vegans, eco-friendly food, vegetarianism with people leaving behind meats. And with this, the concentration shifted from protein-rich dishes like plant milk, insect protein and much more.


The increasing competition between the food industry and the changing demand of consumers showcased a gradual up and downs in the graph. It is all set to watch what is kept in store for the coming year for the food industry.

Written by Vikas Suri
Mr. Vikas Suri, the founder and CEO of Kitchenrama is a veteran in hospitality sector with over four decades of experience. He started his career in hospitality with Oberoi Hotels and moved on to a German firm selling Commercial Kitchen lines in India. Later, he joined WIMPY’s marketing division and established it as one of India’s first fast food chain. He then moved to the US where he got some valuable experience in selling Commercial kitchen equipments across the world. In 1996 he decided to move back to India and founded his first company. KITCHNRAMA, founded in 2003 is one of the foremost commercial kitchen equipment providers in the country today. Mr. Suri’s has spent years planning kitchens in hotels, restaurants, cinemas and catering units all across the world. His philosophy of achieving excellence through knowledge and honesty makes Kitchenrama what it is today – a company known to serve the best, to the best. His biggest asset is his never say die attitude and an insatiable appetite to grow…