This year’s been an exciting one for the food industry — new trends emerged, cutting-edge technology gained traction, and customer preferences shifted. So as 2019 draws to a close, we’re excited to share our top headlines from this year. 

Here’s a roundup of this year’s top food industry stories. 

#1. Organic Sales Soared in 2018: Nielsen

It’s no secret that the organic food space is booming. But in 2018, the sector saw exceptional growth. In this article, check out which organic products took off and which ones struggled to make a splash. 

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#2. Consumers Say They Want to Eat Healthy

Based on the results of this survey, healthy eating has hit the mainstream. Read more about what qualities consumers look for in food, and their attitudes towards healthy, sustainable food and beverages, in this article. 

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#3. Innova Announces Top 10 Food Trends for 2020

What’s next for the food industry? According to Innova, we’ll be hearing a lot about plant-based diets, macronutrients, texture, and more. 

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#4. Whole Foods Predicts the Top Food and Beverage Trends of 2020

In another look at 2020 food trends, Whole Foods predicts that next year, things like sugar substitutes, grab-and-go meals and snacks, and plant-based proteins will dominate grocery store shelves. 

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#5. Top 10 OSHA Violations in Food Manufacturing in 2019

OSHA issued $7,171,513 in fines to the food manufacturing industry between October 2018 and September 2019. Here, we reveal the most frequently cited standards in the food manufacturing industry. 

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#6. Did You Know? The Birth of a New Food or Beverage Product

This installment of our Did You Know? series takes a deep dive into what it takes to get a new food or beverage product to market successfully. 

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#7. The Rise and Fall of Grain-Free Pet Food

For years, pet owners thought that if their furry friends were eating grain-free pet food, they were eating healthy pet food. But when the FDA released data from its canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) investigation earlier this year, consumers started losing faith in grain-free formulas. 

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#8. 128 Food and Beverage Companies Make the 2019 Inc. 5000

Every year, Inc. magazine publishes a list of the 5,000 fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S. And this year, 128 food and beverage companies made the list. To see where these up-and-coming companies fall on the list, check out this article. 

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#9. The Food Retail Pulse: The Good, the Bad, and the Blurry

The food retail space is continually evolving to keep up with consumer trends. So what’s working for food retailers, and what are their challenges? This piece goes into the findings of a Food Marketing Institute (FMI) report to reveal the good, the bad, the blurry, and the new issues affecting food retailers.

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#10. Companies Racing to Introduce Plant-Based Meat

If there’s one trend that’s gained some serious traction over the past year, it’s plant-based meat. But Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat aren’t the only players in the game. This article provides a roundup of some of the companies offering or planning to launch plant-based meat.

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