‘Health’ is in store in the F&B space

From food packaging to kids’ menus to drinks, emphasis is on health and a healthy environment

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Insider, Nov. 11, 2019

One thing seems clear for 2020 in the food and beverage (F&B) space: “Healthy” is in. A healthy reverence for the environment is seen as a continuing movement, according to Insider’s look at trends, as home cooks and restaurant chefs alike seek food that is local and organic, and without excess or wasteful packaging – such as carrots wrapped in compostable netting. Zero-waste cooking may be a sign of the times, as younger consumers support food and food-storage methods that are eco-friendly.

Along those lines is a rise in the number of restaurants offering children’s menus with healthy options, like quinoa, whole wheat bread and other “super foods.” This is part of a movement to make kids’ menus more ambitious, delicious and worldly – and consistent with grownups’ preference for healthy eating.

Healthy drinking is also on the rise. Consumers continue to drink kombucha, a fermented beverage thought to promote healthy digestion. A newer drink to watch is the fizzy sour-sweet Korean rice liquor known as makgeolli, which is promoted as healthy and an aid to the immune system.

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Food & Beverage Industry

The food and beverage industry continues to transform as consumers ask for more local, fresh and organic food produced in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way. F&B companies are tasked with delivering such products in order to keep pace with evolving consumer preferences, compete with new players in the market and maintain or improve market share — all while satisfying shareholders and attracting new investors.

With the proper planning and strong execution, companies can accomplish all these things. This may require new capital investments; using data analytics for predicting consumer and market behavior; restructuring or optimizing current supply chain networks; and continuing to reduce time to market for new products.