The food and beverage manufacturing industry is undergoing transformational changes due to new technology trends. These trends are revolutionizing product development and production. The industry is incorporating processing methods, equipment advances, and packaging techniques to facilitate this transformation.


Plant-based, animal-free alternatives are gaining popularity due to concerns about health trends, ethical considerations, and climate change. Leading the way are brands like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat. In 2023, the market is expected to expand with the introduction of new players and a wider range of product offerings.


Consumers demand greener alternatives to plastic packaging as the fight against climate change gains momentum. Biodegradable packaging, derived from polymer-based plastics that degrade naturally, and edible packaging, made from food-grade polymers like seaweed, are gaining popularity. Smart packaging, utilizing nanotechnology that can detect changes in quality and food safety, is also becoming more prevalent.

Computerized Technology

Autonomous equipment and automation are playing an integral role in food production and processing. Continued advancements in computerized food processing technology are driving automation, increasing output, and reducing production time. Robotic butchery machines are gaining popularity, improving safety and efficiency in food processing facilities.

Functional Beverages

As consumers become more health-conscious, functional drinks are on the rise. As consumers continue to seek out healthy beverage options, the market is expanding to include more fermented drinks and dairy beverages enriched with omega-3s for added health benefits. This trend is driven by a growing interest in the nutritional content of beverages.


In the world of food and beverage processing, sanitation and safety are top priorities. And now, new drainage systems are making a big impact. One such system is the Slot Drain, which boasts a grate-less design that prevents bacterial growth and standing water. It’s made from food-grade stainless steel, which is not only highly durable but also resistant to temperature, odors, bacteria, and corrosion. This system can handle heavy equipment traffic and heavy flow rates, while also providing easy cleaning and maintenance options. Overall, it’s clear that these new drainage systems are revolutionizing the industry and helping to ensure the safety of our food and beverages.

Trust and Transparency

The food industry is on a mission to regain consumer trust due to large-scale recalls and declining trust. Big brands are changing their values and adopting more transparent practices. E-commerce brands are leading the way, pushing larger brands to improve their corporate social responsibility. Technologies like traceability enablers and blockchain are being used to track product origins and enhance trust among consumers.


The food industry is rediscovering traditional processing techniques and modernizing them with advanced technology. Fermentation, for instance, has experienced a revival. This was achieved with technology enabling safe and efficient large-batch fermentation. Advanced analysis tools and precision temperature controls ensure the production of high-quality fermented foods and beverages to meet the growing consumer demand.

Forward Osmosis

Australia’s CSIRO organization and a U.S. membrane technology company have developed an innovative preservation processing technique called forward osmosis. This technique uses membrane technology to concentrate liquids without heat, resulting in higher-quality products. The process is energy-efficient and helps retain nutrients like vitamins and proteins in food throughout processing.

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Ronn Torossian is the founder and CEO of 5W Public Relations, one of the largest independently-owned PR firms in the United States. With over 20 years of experience crafting and executing powerful narratives, Torossian is one of America's most prolific and well-respected Public Relations professionals. Since founding 5WPR in 2003, he has led the company's growth, overseeing more than 175 professionals in the company's headquarters in midtown Manhattan. With clients spanning corporate, technology, consumer and crisis, in addition to digital marketing and public affairs capabilities, 5WPR is regularly recognized as an industry leader and has been named "PR Agency of the Year" by the American Business Awards on multiple occasions. Throughout his career, Torossian has worked with some of the world's most visible companies, brands and organizations. His strategic, resourceful approach has been recognized with numerous awards including being named the Stevie American Business Awards 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year, the American Business Awards PR Executive of the Year, twice over, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalist, Metropolitan Magazine's Most Influential New Yorker, and a 2020 Top Crisis Communications Professional by Business Insider. Torossian is known as one of the country's foremost experts on crisis communications, and is called on to counsel blue chip companies, top business executives and entrepreneurs both in the United States and worldwide. Torossian has lectured on crisis PR at Harvard Business School, appears regularly on CNN & CNBC, was named to PR Week's "40 under Forty" list, is a contributing columnist for Forbes and the New York Observer, and his book, "For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results With Game-Changing Public Relations" is an industry best-seller. A NYC native, Torossian lives in Manhattan with his children. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and active in numerous charities.