Skin ADV



09 Jul 2020


Supply chain transparency in modern food & beverage manufacturing: Building consumer trust

Mikael Bengtsson
Infor


Achieving supply chain transparency across the food value chain is an increasingly complex process as many food and beverage companies are dependent on a multitude of suppliers with varying levels of supply chain sophistication. In this blog series we will dig deeper into the processes and technology tools required to gain full supply chain transparency. When done right, it has the added benefit of building consumer trust, securing food safety, reducing waste, supporting sustainability claims, and strengthening brands.

 

Meeting consumer demand for transparent food supply chains

The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation states in a paper about food trends, “Americans have a growing appetite for more information about their food, and technology is enabling eaters like never before… it’s also driving transparency across the food supply chain.” The brands that consumers prefer have also become an expression of who they aspire to be, which is why they seek out a company’s origin story, sustainability efforts, social consciousness, and corporate transparency, writes Forbes.

The farm to table movement, is not a passing trend. Evolving from the declining demand for highly processed foods, farm to table is a consumer-driven system of bringing healthier and either locally sourced or more ethically sourced foods to market. It’s a system that consumers want to be involved in, which can be as simple as reading clean labels to ensure the locality in their foods, or following brands or producers on social media to make sure that the sustainability efforts, social consciousness, and corporate transparency of the companies they chose to buy from align with their personal beliefs.

But what is the process by which a product actually moves from farm to table?

  • On the farm—Livestock, dairy products, and produce are ethically raised and sourced.
  • Transportation—The safe transportation of live animals and produce to factories or processing plants.
  • Factory—Workers clean, cut, and prepare food for distribution to retailers.
  • Transportation—Logistics systems manage the safe and efficient transport of food products to retailers.
  • Retailer—Food products are displayed based on seasonality and shelf-life for consumers.
  • Consumer—Food hits the table.

As simple and straightforward as this process may seem, an efficient and transparent food supply chain requires extensive collaboration and coordination between stakeholders. Preferably in real time. This can be challenging as many food and beverage companies rely on factories and other parts of the supply chain that are owned by suppliers or trading partners—and those partners source from several suppliers themselves—creating multiple layers of complexity in the quest for transparency.

To learn more about this topic and gain some practical information about steps your organization can take to achieve a transparent supply chain, read our best practices guide: “Benefits of improving supply chain transparency in modern food and beverage manufacturing.”

 

 

 

 








 

Supply chain E-learning



Explore available supply chain e-learning modules by language and academy



News & Trends
 

Last update 5 May 2021
Strongest improvement in operating conditions on record amid marked uptick in client demand
   Source: Markit US Manufacturing PMI   -  IHS Markit
United States 


Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals

Maximum safety and reliability and reducing the costs for our customers at the same time: we are able to offer the chemical industry an extensive range of chemical logistics services that hardly any other logistics specialist can match. It is our goal to harmonise our services with your specifications in s...

Creating the 21st Century Automotive Supply Chain: Complexity 1 - Accelerating rapid innovation and flexibility through collaboration

With newly introduced climate legislation, a fast growing environmentally conscious consumer base, and the push for automation creating new needs and challenges, auto manufacturers seek to rapidly introduce innovation...


Education
 

Local & Regional Agenda
 


Resources
 
Tudor Rose International increases productivity through integrated SCM platform ASSIST4

Tudor Rose International is Europe’s leading export market management company specialising in building brands around the world. In business for nearly 30 years, the innovative company mastered an ambitious IT mo...

Integrating Product, In formation and Financial Flows in the Returns Management Process

The strategic importance of managing return goods is gaining attention in the academic literature. Poorly managed processes can impact a company’s brand reputation, sustainability i mpact and profitability. Returns...


International Agenda