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The Food Dive Outlook on 2021

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Note from the editor

After a year defined by a pandemic, it makes sense that it shaped the food and beverage trends on the horizon for 2021.

Food Dive spoke to analysts about the five major trends in food and beverage that could influence what consumers eat and how the products are made. From a demand for immunity enhancement to new plant-based and alternative ingredients taking center stage, consumers are likely to be reaching for food and drink that will taste good and help them be healthy.

In addition to the trends overview, this series takes a deeper look at some key topics for food and beverage makers, including: 

  • The resurgence of breakfast amid the pandemic shakeup. With more people at home, a less hectic pace has boosted demand for sausage, waffles and cereal — a shift food manufacturers are confident will stick around after the pandemic.
  • The future of cannabis-infused food and beverages. Although the coronavirus outbreak has slowed progress, the outlook is brighter as more companies like Pabst Blue Ribbon enter the market and the regulatory environment has the potential to change. 
  • The impact of food technology in 2021. What we eat and drink could soon change thanks to advances that allow for the creation of better ingredients, crops and animals. The biggest challenge: explaining the science to consumers.

The in-depth analysis of this year's biggest trends in this package presents valuable information about what those in the industry — from larger CPG manufacturers to startups — will want to consider as they plan for the year. 

Thai Phi Le Managing Editor

5 trends fueling food and beverage innovation in 2021

Consumers will pick up their pursuit of immunity boosts, new plant-based options, global flavors and tech-enhanced foods after a tough year.

CPGs wake up to breakfast's new future after coronavirus shakeup

With more people at home, a less hectic pace has boosted demand for sausage, waffles and cereal — a shift food manufacturers are confident will stick around after the pandemic.

Could 2021 be the breakout year for cannabis-infused food and beverages?

Although the pandemic slowed progress, the outlook is brighter as more companies enter the market and the regulatory environment has the potential to change.

Will 2021 be the turning point for food technology?

What we eat and drink could soon change thanks to advances that allow for the creation of better ingredients, crops and animals. The biggest challenge: explaining the science to consumers.

The Food Dive Outlook on 2021

The impact of the pandemic continues to ripple throughout the industry, influencing the trends on the horizon in food and beverage, from the surge of breakfast items to greater tech adoption.

included in this trendline
  • The resurgence of breakfast amid the pandemic shakeup
  • The future of cannabis-infused food and beverages
  • The impact of food technology in 2021
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Produced by our team of award-winning journalists, these Outlooks can help businesses navigate the uncertain road ahead in 2021.
Davide Savenije Editor-in-Chief at Industry Dive.