The food industry is on the verge of a major shakeup.
Foods from all corners of the food chain are poised to come into the market, as the industry grapples with new regulations, an obesity epidemic and a rising number of foodborne illnesses.
The new food categories will include new varieties of grains, dairy, fruit and vegetables, with a focus on healthier options, according to industry groups.
Here are a few of the new categories:New varieties of grain”New dairy products”New fruits”New vegetables”Foodservice products”For instance, in a new category called “fresh fruits and vegetables,” new varieties will be available to consumers that are made from fresh, natural fruits and berries, and fresh produce, according a statement from the U:Foodservice Products Association, a trade group for foodservice and restaurant supply companies.
It’s the first time that a category of products that is made with fresh, whole fruit and veggies will be included in the food supply.
A second new category, called “service products,” will be created for consumers to purchase foods with ingredients sourced from a farm, the statement said.
For the most part, consumers have gotten used to eating products that are processed and packaged with ingredients that are typically added at the end of a dish.
That is no longer the case.
The industry is trying to find a way to give consumers more control over the ingredients in their food, as well as the process of making the foods.
The changes come as food companies grapple with the new challenges that come with a growing obesity epidemic.
As of November 2016, obesity rates were more than double the national average.
About 40% of U. S. adults are obese, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There are signs that the industry is starting to get ahead of the curve.
A number of major food companies, including General Mills and Kellogg, have announced major investments in the area.
In the first six months of 2017, Kellogg invested $30 million in a plant in New Jersey to produce fruits and veggies, the company said in a statement.