Top 4 Food Manufacturing Trends for 2019

Food and beverage is a massive industry made up of many parts. Food manufacturing is one of those parts of the whole, and staying on top of its trends is vital to keeping up with competition and improving your bottom line.

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Top 4 Food Manufacturing Trends for 2019

The food and beverage industry is a behemoth with a myriad of moving parts. Some of these parts involve trends in consumer tastes and demands while others relate more to the processing of food and adapting to those evolving challenges.

While the different parts all work together, the trends can differ. For food manufacturers on the plant floor, we’ve put together four top food manufacturing trends that are at the forefront of the conversation.


Two of the most important factors in environmental sustainability are power and water usage. While there are differences between how this is treated in agricultural food production and food manufacturing, the benefits of a sustainable operation can be similar. Optimizing a food manufacturing facility so that it uses less water and less energy, much like the Dairy Farmers of America’s plant in Garden City, Kansas (Food Engineering’s 2018 Sustainable Plant of the Year), is not only beneficial from an environmental standpoint, but it also saves manufacturers money.


In a recent poll conducted by Food Engineering, twenty-two percent of respondents reported that they have installed advanced automation systems. This only makes sense, and it will continue to be a trend for years to come. Automation is a way to curtail rising labor costs and increase efficiency. Look for this trend to impact the bottom line and increase safety for food manufacturers.

Food Safety

Food Safety is also a concern, and there are always ways to stay in sync with current regulations and best practices. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) places a strong emphasis on prevention and reduction in foodborne illnesses. For prevention, food manufacturers should focus on standards for sanitation, food defense, inspection and compliance as well as preventative controls.

Ever Changing Government Regulations

Hand-in-hand with food safety, government regulations for food manufacturing and the food and beverage industry as a whole are constantly evolving. This also includes facility cleanliness (where wash down curtain walls can be beneficial), temperature control, and pest control. Local and federal government regulations are where manufacturers look to adhere to the often updated regulations. Here are a few to pay close attention to:

For more information on Government Regulation for food manufacturing, see our Essential Guide for Protecting Food Integrity.

Food manufacturing and the food and beverage industry, in general, is constantly changing. Advances in automation, food safety regulations and sustainability are trends that aren’t a flash in the pan. In one way or another, these trends will persist for years to come, and it’s important for your food manufacturing facility to stay updated with the trends so your operations can stay ahead of the curve.

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