Top developments from Food and Nutrition in 2017 and what to look for in 2018

January 31, 2018 | State of the Market Report

In this report, we review key events and trends from 2017 within the food industry, and what to watch for in 2018. We found that in 2017: 1) convenience, “better-for-you” products, personalization, and transparency were the driving forces behind the year’s flurry of industry activity, 2) a myriad of new business models are creating new ways for consumers to select and obtain food, meal kits being one model gaining significant attention, and 3) players are acquiring alternatives once thought of as nuisance competition, forcing food companies to broaden their view up and down the value chain when making innovation decisions. In 2018, we predict: 1) “clean-label” will continue to dominate the conversation in the food science community, offering opportunity for fibers and proteins to serve in new roles, 2) the tides within sugar reduction will turn from “one solution solves all” toward more blended solutions to better match the properties of sucrose, and 3) advances in the microbiome will drive a succession of acquisitions around probiotics and prebiotics.

Coverage Areas

  • Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health
  • Food and Nutrition

Table of Contents

  • Title page
  • Executive Summary
  • Top five developments in 2017
  • Top five developments to look for in 2018
  • Appendix

Lead Analyst

Thomas Hayes


Sara Olson, Ph.D.

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