Certain vegetables have been given the spotlight in a recent report of the top “100 Things to Watch in 2014.”

Vegetables are becoming the focal point of meals and savoury vegetable flavoured yoghurts are among the highlights of a number of trends that are predicted to burst onto the scene in 2014.

A report released by JWTInternational, has highlighted the top “100 Things to Watch in 2014”, which includes a number of exciting things predicted for food and vegetables.

AUSVEG spokesperson, Cameron Brown says as 2014 gets into full swing, it will be exciting to see vegetables and vegetable products being used in expansive and innovative ways we have not seen before.

“With consumers becoming increasingly health conscious, vegetables are expected to be seen as increasingly trendy, multi-dimensional foods,” says Mr Brown.

Following up on successful predictions for 2013, JWTInternational are expecting to see creative vegetable dishes with rices and legumes replace meat-heavy meals and become mainstays on the menus of more fast and casual eateries, as well as fine-dining restaurants.

Natural vegetable yoghurts with flavours such as carrot, chopped cucumber and chili are also garnering high interest as savoury, healthy snacks.

As sustainability will remain an issue for producers, it is believed that edible packaging will see a rise in popularity. There is already technology in use around the world which allows any food to be enclosed by edible packaging.

“It’s truly exciting to have vegetables at the forefront of contemporary food and health movements.”

“We’ve long known that vegetables have the scope to be used in more ways than what is deemed to be conventional, it will be great to see consumers’ actions match these thoughts,” said Mr Brown.

AUSVEG are trying to develop these new vegetable trends within Australia, with the 2014 Produce Innovation Seminar being held in June set to highlight a vast amount of ground-breaking initiatives to the local vegetable industry.

The seminar will see a range of industry experts present on many topics, including the development of revolutionary products, varieties and sustainable packaging methods.

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