A report by Waitrose shows that British consumers are eating less meat by adopting the 5:2 diet and ditching meat on weekdays.

Middle class Brits are ditching meat and adopting a ‘climatarian diet’ in a move to reduce their carbon footprint, a new report by Waitrose has revealed.

Dubbed the ‘new 5:2 diet’ – a reference to a popular weight loss method where people only diet two days a week – eco-conscious Britons are spending five days a week veggie and treating themselves to meat at weekends. But it’s not just cutting down meat consumption to be more green, Waitrose shoppers are also looking for other ways to be more eco-friendly with their diets, including minimising food waste by donating excess food and not buying groceries wrapped in excess packaging.

Nearly 70 per cent of Waitrose customers said reducing their climate footprint was either ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ important. Over the year, shoppers focused on what more we can be doing to regenerate the environment. Shoppers stopped buying sandwiches to go at the beginning of the year as we lovingly made homemade feasts while working from home.

The report also found Britain has become a nation of homebodies, as we have fallen back in love with our homes and rediscovered the joy of intimate dinner parties. Even though we are allowed to socialise once again, the country is embracing staying at home and entertaining loved ones.

What have Brits been eating this year? From canned fish to nostaglic dessert Waitrose Food & Drink report reveals all…

  • Canned fish – Sales of mackerel and anchovies rose by 17 per cent in August 2021
  • Searches for barbecued watermelon recipes on Waitrose.com rose by 65 per cent  in August
  • Nostalgic desserts – Knickerbocker glory recipe searches on waitrose.com are up 171 per cent this year
  • Sales of herbs and spices rose 41 per cent  this year with specialty salts proving to be the top performers
  • Sushi – Sales rose 54 per cent  while sales of sushi mats were up 57 per cent and nori sales were up 56 per cent

The drinks that dominated our drinks cabinets include:

  • Sales of Champagne are up 40 per cent  year-on-year, while sales of magnums and bigger bottles are up 88 per cent
  • Rosé wine continues to dominate our wine shelves and sales of rosé fizz are up 47 per cent
  • Cream liqueurs have become popular all year round (not just for Christmas)

Products that we took off our shopping list include:

  • Lovage – alcoholic cordial from Bristol (delisted)
  • Sales of ironing water fell by one-fifth
  • Tights sales are down 31{85424e366b324f7465dc80d56c21055464082cc00b76c51558805a981c8fcd63} compared to 2019
  • Sales of sandwiches on the go fell by 45 per cent  between January and March compared to 2020

Sales of Champagne are up 40 per cent year-on-year as customers spend more money on little treats as we emerge from the pandemic. Over the year, we also brought our kitchens outdoors – one in five of those surveyed said they’d invested in a new barbecue while one in ten said they’d installed an outdoor bar.

The report into how our eating and drinking habits have evolved over the past 12 months also highlights how social media has influenced our shopping lists. Platforms such as Instagram and TikTok have driven sales of everything from feta and tortillas to pesto and potatoes due to viral food trends. The TikTok trend for making pasta chips at home contributed to a 400 per cent rise in sales of air fryers at John Lewis. The trend is also bringing us dishes such as pesto eggs, pasta chips, whipped lemonade, feta pasta and mozzarella doughnuts. The TikTok clips are winning millions of views from social media influencers such as Amy Wilichowski, chef Nick Di Giovanni and Marliyn La Jeunesse.

The way Brits shopped has changed too, with a quarter of Waitrose shoppers buying groceries online for the first time in 2021, while the number of people buying food on a daily basis has doubled in a year.
These shopping trends – increased frequency and the continued growth of online – will only accelerate in the future.

A third of people polled have been using on-demand food delivery apps during the pandemic. Over the year Waitrose extended their partnership with Deliveroo to 150 locations. The report’s Deliveroo Map reveals the nation’s most popular products for rapid home delivery.

James Bailey, Executive Director at Waitrose, told FEMAIL: “The past 19 months have seen us fall back in love with our homes. We’ve rediscovered the fun, creativity and sense of togetherness that food brings to our households and many have embraced the inspiration that we get from popping to the shops to pick up our groceries. The majority of the people we surveyed told us the pandemic has fundamentally changed their outlook: they’re more conscious of their mental and physical health, they’re enjoying life’s simple pleasures, and they’ve embraced the importance of family and friends.”

What will we be eating in 2022?

The post-pandemic economy will be a Homebody Economy as the past year has made us fall back in love with our homes – and cooking. The lockdowns have made us more appreciative of friends and family, and there’s a new emphasis when it comes to dinner parties: it’s all about quality not quantity.

Many of us have turned our gardens, patios or balconies into new entertainment areas. Our survey found that almost 40{85424e366b324f7465dc80d56c21055464082cc00b76c51558805a981c8fcd63} of us have fired up our barbecues more than we used to.

Three-quarters of our respondents have tried harder not to waste food this year, while 77{85424e366b324f7465dc80d56c21055464082cc00b76c51558805a981c8fcd63} are concerned about the amount of plastic in their grocery packaging.

Three-quarters of all 18-24-year-olds we surveyed looked at TikTok and Instagram for food inspiration during lockdown, while one in 12 people across all age groups posted a picture of their food or their ‘tablescaped’ meal setting on social media – or sent a snap to a friend – in the day leading up to our poll.

Products, flavours and trends we can expect to see more of in 2022 include potato milk, umami, craft pre-batched bottled cocktails and climatarianism (a diet focused on reducing your carbon footprint). Meanwhile sustainability will continue to take centre stage in people’s lives and homes.

The trend has been identified by the Waitrose Food and Drink report, which charts changing tastes and sales. Under this heading, the supermarket is predicting the rise of ‘potato milk’ as an alternative to dairy as well a batch-made bottles of popular cocktails. It is also tracking a rise of climatarianism, which is a diet focused on reducing your carbon footprint, which supports eating seasonal local food and cutting out meat. Alongside this, the report suggests many people are adopting a 5:2 diet, where they only eat meat two days a week.

It has also picked up that people want to have multiple Christmas lunches as they share dinners or celebrations with friends as well as family.

Executive director at Waitrose, James Bayley, said: “TikTok and Instagram continue to be dizzying treasure troves of innovation, expression and joy when it comes to food and home cooking. Three-quarters of all 18- 24-year-olds we surveyed told us they’ve been looking at TikTok or Instagram for food inspiration over the past year. It’s made the food world a wonderfully intimate place, for example, a food trend might take off in South Korea and within a day, half a million people over here are asking about the ingredient.”

“Food on these platforms is creative, exciting and fast-moving.” Waitrose said: “We know that people are having ‘second Christmases’ with their pals because #Friendsmas has amassed 16.2 million views on TikTok.”

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