2020: What to Expect?
Although my generation grew up with the Magic 8 Ball, where if you didn’t like the answer, you could turn it upside down
and read your fortune again, there is no crystal (or plastic) ball
to predict what the new year will bring to the food industry.
(Besides, the Magic 8 Ball required yes/no
questions, limiting its utility, even for the
children it was designed to entertain.) So, let’s
speculate on what we can expect in the year
CBD in food products: Cannabidiol
(CBD) products, including edibles, are
undeniably widespread, but federal law
prohibits the addition of CBD to food. Huh? And in the state
where I live, Massachusetts, recreational marijuana is legal, so
before we have an outbreak related to CBD (or THC), can
we please have some guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug
Meal/food delivery and e-commerce: What began years ago
as pizza delivery has expanded to delivery of your entire grocery
shopping list (e.g., Peapod from Stop & Shop), ingredients to
make your evening meal (e.g., Blue Apron), or a Big Mac (e.g.,
McDelivery® with Uber Eats). Or what about people who buy up
all those white fudge-covered Oreos (you know who you are) and
then sell them for a million times the price on Amazon? These
third-party retailers often don’t consider themselves part of the
food industry, so who polices them? How do they find out about
The “greening” of retail: While I applaud efforts to use less
plastic, what happens when a consumer buys that split chicken
breast and the package leaks all over the inside of their cloth bag?
What does the chicken juice touch in that bag? Maybe something
ready-to-eat? Do they know to at least put that chicken in a small
plastic bag conveniently located near the meat section? Are we
educating consumers enough? (Probably not.)
These are just a few things to keep your eyes on in 2020…
among many others. Hang on, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
Barbara VanRenterghem, Ph.D.
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