Epicor: 10 trends transforming food and beverage manufacturers

By Sean Galea-Pace
The leading software company, Epicor, has released 10 trends that food and beverage manufacturing businesses should follow. Supply Chain Digital takes a...

The leading software company, Epicor, has released 10 trends that food and beverage manufacturing businesses should follow. Supply Chain Digital takes a closer look.

  1. Buy local

With customers demanding fresher food with a smaller carbon footprint, it’s important to adapt and limit the distance food travels by sourcing local ingredients. 

  1. Zero-waste

Consumers are caring for the environment by reducing single-use straws, water bottles and takeaway coffee cups. Epicor recommends that sustainable product packaging is used to minimize waste.

  1. Meat-free

With animal welfare concerns causing people to limit their meat and dairy intakes in their diets, there is an importance to use gentler meat and dairy production practices.

  1. Food waste

With over 10mn tonnes of food wasted in the UK annually, it is becoming essential to companies that there is clearer product labelling and food wastage is tracked.

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  1. Mindful eating

Educating shoppers on the necessary steps to assure safety and quality in the ethical status and traceability of their food is key.

  1. Instagram-able meals

Through the use of social media, celebrities and influencers can create a demand for products overnight. This means that staying on top of the latest trends and monitoring your supply chain is critical in case ingredients accelerates in popularity. 

  1. Free-from food

UK sales of food free from ingredients such as dairy, nuts and gluten rose by £230mn ($295mn) in 2017. It is advised that special diets are created to make it easier for customers. Epicor also recommends that free-from options are clearly marked and production lines are free from cross-contamination. 

  1. Healthy dieting

Diets such as keto and paleo created new markets for innovative products such as protein balls. It is recommended to source natural, local and diet-friendly ingredients for products. It is worth keeping an eye on food substitutions that could affect businesses’ supply chains.

  1. Going global

By observing what is popular worldwide, it could be worth trialling new flavours from around the world and adding them to recipes. 

  1. Faster food

Offer pre-made meals that helps shoppers to quickly prepare a healthy meal. With people working longer hours and having less time to cook, consumers are in need of quicker options. 
 

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