What started as a trend has turned into a revolution. As it has moved further and further away from the carb and cheese laden image of the Tex Mex variety, authentic Mexican has grown to become one of the most influential cuisines across food and drink. Involving fresh, healthy and colourful ingredients such as fish and pickled veg, utilising corn instead of wheat and incorporating a spectrum of addictive chilli varieties, Mexican is band on current consumer palates. Given its deep roots in street food and hand held formats, it slots in with consumer snacking and on-the-go eating habits. While the slow cooked meats and sauces denotes the craft and authenticity consumers are seeking.
Relevance for TUCO members
- Explore the many Mexican street food formats and which of these you could deliver to students
- Use the fresh, colourful and healthy Mexican ingredients as opposed to Tex Mex
For more information on the Mexican Trend within Global Larder read the TUCO research Global Food and Beverage Trends Report 2017 pages 222 & 223.
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Introducing the Global Larder.
Mega Trend Description
Millennials are multi-cultural, but Gen Z have the most well-travelled taste buds yet. The increasing amount of cultures in society’s melting pot is reflected across channels, but particularly in street food and casual dining. Some cultures, such as American, are so influential, socially, that they will always have a place un or food; a cuisine like Mexican has greatly increased its influence over the past year, and there are new entries, most notably Global Fusion – that takes the good bits from all over and mashes them together with a healthy irreverence!
How this Resonates with the Younger Generation?
- Nearly 50% of Gen Z are non-Caucasian, compared to boomers, at 28% - Gen Z’s diversity will continue to drive food culture trends we already see around the exploration of authentic, global food experiences (Hartman Group, USA, 2016)
- Almost half of millennial restaurant-goers are looking for globally inspired cuisine (Mintel USA, 2016)
- In the latest EquiTrend Study, Millennials and Gen Z scored fast-casual Mexican restaurants 7.6 points higher than Baby Boomers (The Harris Poll, USA, May 2017)
- Modern Indian
- Middle Eastern
- Global Fusion
Read the Global Food & Beverages Trends Report 2017 pages 215 – 237 for more information on the Global Larder.