Towards the end of each year, there are plenty of 'food trend' articles, usually talking about things we already know. Where investors are putting their money could be a better way to find real future trends, highlighting themes and directions rather than just flavours and menus.

Three major investment areas are highlighted: meatless protein (like Chickenless Nuggets and Fishless Tuna), robot cooking, and 'beyond sugar' - substitutes that don't leave a bad taste in your mouth. 

This article is particularly interesting for the examples - vegan protein has been around for a long time, and is now going mainstream. Automated services are always under development - from conveyor pizza ovens to sushi trains and hand-held ordering. Artificial sweeteners are well-established, but often disliked - as the obsession with sweet treats grows (thank you Instagram), the need for better substitutes to counteract all those calories becomes more urgent...

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