Fast-forward several thousand years, and the food industry as most people know it was beginning to emerge. As the American population flowed into cities en masse at the turn of the 20th century, it became apparent that new food systems would be necessary.
The Industrial Revolution saw numerous food and beverage innovations, including:
The canning process, an easy way to safely preserve a variety of foodstuffs
Pasteurization, which greatly increased the safety of packaging fresh foods such as dairy and vegetables
Mechanization of farming, which massively increased the industry’s efficiency
With industrialization in full swing, the food industry continued to break barriers and create a safer and better-fed population. The early 20th century would pose profound new challenges and create the systems that many rely on today.