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Change Is Bringing Challenges To The Food Industry

By Features Desk

Friday, August 25, 2017.

If you’re working in the food industry, you might have noticed a few changes over the last few years. It’s important for businesses to be aware of these changes, what they could mean, why they have come to light and how they are a response to the changing situation around the globe. But, first, we need to explore what changes we’re talking about here and how they could affect you as a business owner.

More Demand, Increased Population

It seems odd to suggest demand for food has increased over the past few years, but it’s absolutely true. The world population is growing at a phenomenal rate, and by 2025, it may have surpassed eight billion people. All of these people need to be fed, and we are already seeing the impact of this with millions starving across the globe. As well as this, there is an increased pressure on food sources that used to be sustainable such as fish populations. So, what changes are coming into effect here?

Well, fishing businesses are slowly changing their business model to maintain the sustainability and not wipe the oceans dry. This includes caps on levels of fishing as well as bans on certain fishing practices. As well as this, the fish that are caught has to be processed as rapidly as possible. With a new skinning machine, the fish can be prepared for the market faster than before, increasing efficiency and reducing wastage.

Going Global

But it’s not just about the sheer level of demand. You also need to consider who's buying. In the past, if you were producing food, then it was likely you were selling to a local demand. Now, due to globalization, your products can be sold all over the world. You can purchase Aberdeen Angus beef in America days after it has been produced. Of course, this has lead to a stronger dependence on technology to keep food fresh for longer. It’s precisely due to this tech that we can sell food from different locations all over the world because even during transport, it’s possible to keep the produce fresh and good to eat.

Increased Focus On Safety

However, this increased reliance on technology has also led to a heavier focus on safety. Businesses must make sure that during the production and processing phase, food is kept safe and ensure that contamination is not an issue. An increased focus on processed food has lead to lower spoilage of products and problems with contamination far more common. As such more safety measures need to be put in place to ensure that is doesn’t become a regular issue. Luckily, innovative technology is helping to pave the way for safer processes of preparing the food and delivering it to the market.

These are just some of the changes that have affected the food industry on the production side. Even more, changes are altering how people buy and sell food. For instance, automation is slowly creeping into the restaurant industry with machines preparing and even serving food. It will be fascinating to see how the food industry has changed ten years from now.

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