In today’s post-pandemic landscape, the food manufacturing industry is facing a host of new challenges. Covid-19 disrupted supply chains around the world and consumer demand patterns changed rapidly. Over $6.5 billion in customer spending for food and beverages in the United States shifted to retail during the pandemic. In the first two months of the lockdown, an estimated 14 million litres of milk were wasted each day. Productivity gains in manufacturing have fallen from 4.3% in 2000-2007, to just 0.7% in 2007-2018. Consumer demands are rising, and there are stricter regulations focused on food safety, health and environmental sustainability. This is the new normal for the industry, but how can businesses adapt?

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To address these new challenges, digital transformation is more important than ever for operators to build agility and resiliency, and to remain competitive in today’s market. Industrial digitalisation is changing the way manufacturers operate, and can pave the way for improved efficiency, greater flexibility, and reduced costs.

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