In 2020 the world faced an unprecedented food supply crisis. Certain foods sporadically appeared and disappeared from store shelves, went bad in tanker trucks, and rotted in the fields. The supply chains for food failed, and consumers panic-purchased. In 2021, Food and Beverage Industry manufacturers need to make sure this never happens again. Then, they must respond to the paradigm shift of consumer thinking on a host of issues, including packaging, traceability, sustainability, and safety.
As we settle into a new “normal” in the ongoing fight against COVID-19, the Food and Beverage industry is set to rapidly scale new product lines and manufacturing methods created by the crisis. Never has there been such a sudden dramatic change in what products consumers want, when they want them, and how the distribution chain meets that demand. The big questions affecting 2021 are unanswered – namely: What regions will recover the quickest? When will consumers start dining at restaurants indoors again? Manufacturers and distribution chains will need sophisticated ERP systems and other technology to pivot as conditions change quickly.
Here are 6 major trends in food and beverages that will impact how manufacturers do business in 2021.