In 2019, both everything and nothing will be new in the food and beverage business.
As the year unfolds, there are sure to be trendy
products, major deals and paradigm-shifting innovations rocking the
industry. But the major trend lines in the industry have all already
started, and will continue to grow and develop this year.
Functional foods are going to become more refined and
popular — especially with the potential addition of now-legal
cannabinoid CBD. More big M&A deals — as well as many small ones — will
chart the course for where Big Food is heading next. Packaging and
production will continue to be more earth friendly, and companies will
be moving closer to fulfilling their sustainability pledges. Products
will continue to roll out to meet consumers’ health and wellness
desires, and plant-based meats will keep making a dent in the market.
Here is a look at our projections for 2019 in food and beverage.