It’s been a rough year for some beloved brands, from a listeria scare at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams to an unsettling conspiracy discovery targeting Hampton Creek. Yet it’s also been a year of milestones, with two industry icons celebrating 75 years and the Food Safety Modernization Act getting its final touches. Here’s a look at the year’s biggest events—the good, the bad, and the ugly—whose effects are sure to resonate well beyond the New Year.

Click through to learn more about why each has had a big influence on the industry, and what’s still to come.

Up the Creek: Just Mayo Founder’s Rocky Year

Jeni’s on Ice: Cult Ice-Cream Maker Under the Microscope

A Wholly Rough Year: Whole Foods Faces Challenges

In Memoriam: Celebrating Specialty Food’s Visionary Leaders

End of an Era: A&P Closes Its Doors

Bugging Out: Insects Gain Ground with New Uses

Food Safety Reform Steps Forward: FSMA Gets Finalized

Abandoned Tip: Restaurants Rethink Tipping Policies

The Golden Years: Two Businesses Celebrate 75 Years

Acquisitions Aplenty: Big Food Forks Over Big Bucks for Specialty