Software solutions for sustainable food and beverage supply chains
Every day the growing population of the world is consuming massive amounts of food. Food supply chains are stretched and will be under increasing pressure to feed the world. The current way of growing the majority of our food is not sustainable. Global food production needs to grow by 60 percent before 2050 to meet the anticipated demand from an expected population of 9 billion.
For food manufacturers, it is vital to ensure a steady supply of raw materials. Simply viewed, seeing your own suppliers as interchangeable actors is not enough anymore. The food industry needs to be in control of the entire supply chain, working together with their suppliers to improve yield and quality and to reduce environmental impact. Sustainable food and beverage supply chains are needed. This can only be done using advanced software that delivers traceability and visibility. At the end of the chain, consumers are demanding ever more insight into the origin of the products they buy. They want to be sure they purchase a product that does not hurt the environment or the producers.
For supply chain actors, both large and small, the challenge will be to move towards practices in order to create sustainable businesses with much less impact on the environment, whilst still producing good food in plentiful supply. Land and water resources are becoming scarce and degraded in many parts of the world. Together with climate change it will be a huge challenge to feed the growing population.
Challenges in sustainable food and beverage supply chains:
- Retaining consumer trust
- Securing sufficient and future supplies
- Analysing quality of raw materials and finished products
- Food security across the supply chain
- Traceability of raw materials
- Reducing food waste
- Reducing the impact of overall food production
Solutions for sustainable food and beverage supply chains
Although there are many challenges related to sustainability in the food chain, a more sustainable food and beverage supply chain also brings a number of benefits including improved visibility and traceability. The solutions used within the food industry cover a wide range of applications from traceability, supplier assessments, residue monitoring and advanced analytics, to an advanced software solution to predict the shelf life of food products. All solutions are designed to bring visibility in the food supply chain. A well-known proverb says: “If you can measure it, you can improve it.” This applies to all aspects of the ChainPoint software platform. Gathering data across all the stakeholders in the supply chain and turning this data into information can help towards achieving your sustainability goals.
Related use case in sustainable food supply chains
European residue monitoring platform for retailers to collect data on samples and use analytics to gain insight.
Predict the shelf life of ready to eat salads, in order to reduce laboratory testing and gain faster insight into quality and safety effects of food processes and ingredients.
UNIVEG is a worldwide leading supplier of fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, plants and fresh logistics. UNIVEG and its partners use ChainPoint® to manage the residue monitoring process.
Traceability and improved sharing and gathering of data across the pork supply chain, ensuring food safety.
Food Beverage Solution Paper ChainPoint
In order to tackle the challenges in the food & beverage industry, insight needs to be gained by monitoring and analysing key metrics across all stakeholders in the food & beverage supply chain. Also, having a clear view of the entire supply chain, beyond the tier 1 suppliers, is needed to truly assess the supply chain impact. ChainPoint offers multiple solutions to help gain more insight and reduce the risks in supply chains. Read our solution paper to learn more.