Dominique Ansel’s Cronut spawned countless copycat hybrid desserts; the first lab-grown burger and plant-based egg were unveiled; crickets landed on restaurant menus; and labeling laws for genetically modified foods sparked a heated national debate.

These are some of the picks for the ten most industry-shaking events, trends and movements of the past year compiled by the editors of Specialty Food News, the daily e-newsletter of the Specialty Food Association.

The 2013 Top 10 specialty food stories are:

  • Sustainable Meat Alternatives Step into the Future
  • The Year of Non-GMO
  • Gluten-free Standards Established
  • Two Lost Legends: The Deaths of Charlie Trotter and Marcella Hazan
  • Craft Distilleries Come Roaring Back
  • The Cronut That Launched a Thousand Hybrids
  • Waste Not, Feed and Power Many
  • Vegetables Take Over
  • California Cottage Food Act Passes
  • Next Protein Sources: Cricket and Pea Protein Powder