Barbecue trends 2012

The Asians like it spicy, the Argentines hot and for the Americans the burgers have to be XXL — when it comes to BBQ, every country has its own style and preferences.

But this year’s barbecue designs all agree in one point: they offer many possibilities.

Barbecuing for every taste

Even when it comes to barbecues, conventional models just aren’t very popular anymore.

Consumers want individualized barbecues tailored to their specifications. To meet the demand, manufacturers will be presenting models in bright colours such as pink, green and red – and even in the colours of various football, handball and ice hockey teams for die-hard fans. At the same time, barbecues offer an increasing number of possibilities for preparing a more diverse menu. For that special taste there are even briquettes made from grapevines. In addition, the trend is for having a complete grill centre, that fulfils all of one’s culinary desires. There are also built-in barbecues that are designed to fit in with the style of the garden. For the ease and comfort of consumers that enjoy grilling on the beach or in the park, a brand new idea has emerged – a bicycle trailer that can be converted into a barbecue in the twinkling of an eye. It’s practical and charming!

In order to make the outdoor fun last as late into the night as possible, outside lighting decoration is making a stronger showing. The lighting of water features continues to be the strongest trend, along with weatherproof lamps, that catch the eye with their extravagant, sculptural forms, Accent lighting and LED strips can be used for many applications – in a swimming pool or garden pond and as a spotlight on small waterfalls and outdoor walls.

Barbecueing – a question of faith

The spring sun is still a bit cold, but that won’t keep the real barbecue fan from his favourite garden activity. The question, however, is not just which type of barbecue to use, i.e. charcoal, gas or electric, but also what to put on the grillage. Yet another problem to be solved – or maybe not?

The latest up-coming trend in Germany is veggie barbecueing. The thought of tofu on the grillage alone may turn the grill master’s stomach. Nevertheless, the VEBU (the German Vegetarian Association) is convinced that in the near future there will be more and more veggies stood by the barbecue armed with grill tongs. VEBU-manager Sebastian Zösch concludes: “The success of the vegetarian trade fair VeggieWorld in Wiesbaden shows that there is a rising interest in meatless products.” Although Germany is veggie-wise not yet as en vogue as the USA or Austria, vegetarians are on the march in bratwurst-land. “No matter whether the vegetarian products are made from tofu, soy, lupin flour or vegetables, people are curious about veggie barbecueing and they appreciate the wide product range,” adds Sebastian Zösch.

The grill manufacturers don’t really care what finally sizzles on their barbecues, because their barbies do it all well, be it meat, fish or even meatless titbits. But how about you? Do you care about what is on your grillage? What is your preferred food at a grill party? Have you ever tried meatless chicken, veggie burgers or skewers consisting of courgette, pepper and tofu? Let us know what you think about the German veggie trend and tell us, what type of barbecue you prefer, i.e. charcoal, gas or electric. We are curious to learn about the barbecue habits in your country.

Further Information: vebu.de

Barbecuing becomes a year-round trend in Germany

The market for barbecue equipment is booming like no other sector of the German garden market. As recently published in the “IFH Branchenfokus Grillen 2012” (IFH Market Information Barbecue 2012), the sector grew by almost 45 per cent in the past five years.

Germans spend almost 1,1bn Euros on barbecues, barbecue equipment and combustibles. In 2011, this equalled an average spending per capita of 13.17 Euros. Roughly two thirds of the overall turnover is allotted to the grills themselves, while the remaining per cents were almost equally spent on combustibles and barbecue equipment.

Currently the market for barbecue grills and equipment is positively influenced by a number of factors: Being outdoors in the garden is as trendy as cooking and dining together. Apparently, high quality and huge grills become more and more popular in Germany, but the trend for a second grill is also growing.

In the past three years, there was an enormous growth rate especially with gas-grills. In addition, combustibles generated an above average growth. These developments clearly show: Not only the number of barbecue-fans has grown, the frequency of barbecuing has also significantly risen. Evermore, barbecuing becomes a year-round trend.

Although the barbecue market is very complex, the distribution structure shows that there is one dominating sales channel: Most consumers buy their grills and barbecue equipment in DIY-markets and the affiliated garden centres.

Further Information: ifhkoeln.de

Purely native Down Under

A garden needs water, of course. It even needs lots of water when temperatures rise to subtropical or tropical in summer. But what, if there is hardly any water for watering the garden plants? Gardeners in Australia know the answer.

Water is a big issue and it even is the issue in some regions of this constantly dry country. However, the severe lack of water is no reason at all for laid-back Aussies to do without a garden – above all, they need a decent place for their fancied BBQs. That charcoal smoke wafting along the warm summer breeze is an integral part of the Australian culture. Good food, cool beer, groovy tunes, good company and a nice garden to celebrate the BBQ is Australian for having a good time. All this works perfectly fine with the most favourite garden trend Down Under: Re-creating wilderness. This type of garden is best characterised by giving Mother Nature full scope and experiencing the unexpected. It only works well with native plants for these plants are drought-tolerant and able to retain moisture. At the same time re-creating wilderness saves a lot of time, as it does not require a lot of gardening. The traditional European image of a garden with its imposed order and neatly cultivated flowerbeds are hardly found in Australia. Although the re-created wilderness is mainly due to the water scarcity, Aussie gardeners foster it as the celebration of the unique Australian flora and fauna. Especially the latter can also be a menace. Various insects and caterpillars as well as opossums and snakes are the most unwanted creatures in Australian gardens. Therefore, many blog posts deal with “know your enemy”, i.e. giving advice for keeping these animals off the garden. Gardening is just slightly different Down Under.

More Information:
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australianbbqsociety.com