Acquisitions and food trends made headlines in December, with a focus on salty snacks, high-protein yogurt and natural claims.
Health and wellness, snacking and gluten-free trends shaped how Americans ate in 2013.
Big changes in the food and beverage industry this year included the $28 billion takeover of the H.J. Heinz Co., the sale of Hostess Brands Inc. assets to various bakeries and impending divestitures from Nestle S.A.
Shaking up the salty snacks market are such better-for-you chips made with chia seeds and quinoa, non-traditional popcorn varieties and adventurous flavor combinations.