Another interesting year for the US food and beverage industry is drawing to a close. Restaurants continue to struggle with flat-to-declining traffic, and retailers face stalled growth. E-commerce, however, continues to be a bright spot, and meal delivery kits are cozying up with retailers and moving away from a complete subscription model. The definition of health and wellness continues to become fractured and reflects the growing tribal nature of our society.
Given these circumstances, here are a few changes NPD Group projects for 2019 and beyond.