Trends in the food and sports nutrition industry: A review

Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2020;60(14):2405-2421. doi: 10.1080/10408398.2019.1643287. Epub 2019 Jul 27.


This revision intends to provide an overview on the major and emerging trends in food and nutrition. Food scientists and dietitians should keep an eye on the trends shaping the food industry in order to understand consumer changes in preferences, expectations and dietary patterns; and to identify those areas that should be added to the research agenda. In addition, to comprehend the major drivers of change in the food industry, global consumer trends are also reviewed in this article. Global concerns are shaping consumer attitudes, and with an easier access to information and an unprecedented consumer power through social media, the food industry should quickly adapt to meet consumer needs. In order to meet these objectives, this review is organized in three different but interrelated sections: global consumer trends, food and nutrition trends, and trends in sports foods and nutrition. This last one is also included due to its influence over food trends, and its significant relevance as a category and food trend.

Keywords: Food trends; consumer; food industry; nutrition; sports nutrition.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Consumer Behavior*
  • Food Industry / trends*
  • Food*
  • Humans
  • Sports Nutritional Sciences / trends*