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Addressing and Mitigating Supply Chain Risks in the Ready-to-Eat Food Market with Risk Assessment Solutions

Ready-to-Eat Food Market Overview

The evolving global economy and a steadily increasing need for employment have made convenience the primary focus for consumers. With digitization, travel, accommodation, communication, and leisure have become convenient and easy to access. Additionally, with delivery services and mobile applications, everything from groceries to fully prepared meals from favored restaurants is a single online transaction away. The food and beverage industry has increasingly felt the pressure of consumer needs and demands to create an alternative to microwavable, packaged, ordered food, or more. Therefore, the ready-to-eat food market has grown exponentially in recent years.

However, without a risk assessment, most companies face severe challenges and disruptions.  Although increasing urbanization, rising health consciousness, and the growing working population have led to a surge of growth and profit in this market, the ever-increasing demand has also made it challenging for companies to ensure supply chain efficiency and stay ahead of all market dynamics and risks.

Overcoming challenges in the difficult ready-to-eat food market requires a comprehensive understanding of the potential market and supply chain risks and brilliant risk mitigation strategies. Request a free proposal to learn how Infiniti’s risk assessment solutions can help your business.

Risk Assessment Engagement Overview

Risk assessment solutions aim to help companies gain a comprehensive overview of their market and its challenges. It also provides market players with in-depth insight into current and potential risks in their market and enables efficient risk management strategies. In this engagement, Infiniti’s risk assessment experts helped a ready-to-eat food manufacturer identify market and supply chain risks and develop strategies to overcome them. Our experts leveraged a risk analysis, market trends analysis, and industry best practices assessment to help the supplier.

Client Profile

The client is a renowned ready-to-eat food manufacturer based out of the United States, distributing across North America.

Business Challenges

As the ready-to-eat food market continues to grow at a substantial rate, the manufacturer struggled to address major challenges along the supply chain that caused significant losses. These challenges included issues with supply continuity, contamination risks, and consumers’ changing preferences. Various complexities, including limited suppliers and inventory capacity shortages, were becoming evident along the supply chain and limiting growth for the client. Additionally, without proper storage, the client risked contamination of their products during transit, consequently risking severe backlash from their consumers. In an industry as versatile and consumer-centric, changing consumer preferences may cause further inventory and supply chain challenges. To address these varying issues, the ready-to-eat food market client chose to partner with Infiniti Research and leverage our expertise in offering risk assessment solutions to identify, evaluate, and mitigate all potential risks in the market and supply chain.

Risk Assessment

Consumers’ changing preferences can be the most significant challenge and risks in a consumer-centric market, such as food and beverage. Request more information to learn how businesses can stay a step ahead of consumers and competitors with our solutions.

Our Integrated Risk Assessment Approach

Infiniti’s risk assessment experts worked closely with the manufacturer’s team to identify the industry’s major challenges and develop a comprehensive approach to address all current and potential risks. The four-phased process included the following:

  • A risk analysis was conducted to identify risks along the supply chain for the ready-to-eat food manufacturer. The process aimed to address the dangers of limited suppliers and inventory capacity shortages and offer comprehensive solutions to mitigate the risks.
  • The experts conducted a market trends analysis to identify upcoming trends in the food and beverage industry and identify factors influencing consumers’ changing preferences to help the manufacturer prepare for forthcoming changes and mitigate the risk of sudden changes.
  • To address the risk of contamination, Infiniti’s risk assessment experts utilized an industry best practices assessment to assess competitors’ and industry leaders’ strategies, storage alternatives, and supply chain plans and help the client adapt their approach accordingly.

Business Outcomes

Leveraging Infiniti’s risk assessment solutions helped the ready-to-eat food market client identify and overcome the various challenges within the market and supply chain. The risk analysis helped the manufacturer mitigate the risk of limited suppliers by identifying more partners and local suppliers to prepare for potential challenges, crises, or logistical mishaps. The client also implemented improved inventory management solutions to reduce wastage and increase the functionality of their inventory.

By understanding upcoming market trends and constant factors that influence consumers’ preferences, the manufacturer adapted its offerings as per demand. Additionally, the client was able to keep track of future market trends and changes and ensure that their offerings kept pace with consumers’ changing needs. Further, after conducting the industry best practices assessment, Infiniti’s risk assessment experts recommended investment into temperature-controlled transit vehicles for their products, particularly ready-to-eat food that may spoil. The client invested their resources as per Infiniti’s risk assessment experts’ insights, reduced losses, and costs, increased revenue, established themselves as an industry leader in the United States, and gained significant market share within two years.

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Food and Beverage Industry Trends

Preparing for the New Decade with Expert Insights into Significant Food and Beverage Industry Trends

The global food and beverage industry has witnessed trends, challenges, and transformations like no other. Over recent years, all industry players have been substantially impacted by the highly dynamic market and consumers’ changing preferences. As trends, worldviews towards food groups, interest in new culinary adventures, and opinions regarding health and wellness change, so does the food and beverage industry.

Consumers have become increasingly selective about their food or provide for their families and peers to consume. Additionally, increasing competition, variety, and options have made it more challenging for companies to monopolize a certain niche segment in the food and beverages market. On the contrary, there has been a sudden upsurge in niche markets, wherein companies are focusing on highly specific dietary, health, or taste preferences and creating new segments continually.

The industry has been through tumultuous changes over the second half of this decade. In the last five years, food and beverage companies have witnessed a sudden increase in innovation, rising demand for environmentally friendly alternatives, and a need for service and packaging alternatives. Infiniti’s industry experts have studied the ever-changing food and beverage industry and discovered three significant trends that have impacted the industry over the past five years. Before entering the new decade, and the new post-COVID era, it is essential for industry players to evaluate and strategize for the biggest trends affecting their market. To help companies through this process, our experts have highlighted the significant trends, discussed them in detail, and provided insights into our solutions and how they can help businesses transform.

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Food and Beverage Industry Trends Over the Last Five Years

Understanding your market is the first step towards success. This must include understanding market trends, changing business models, and most importantly, consumers’ preferences. In an industry as highly reliant on consumer spending as the food and beverage industry, it is imperative for companies always to stay a step ahead of their competitors. The following three trends have impacted businesses and brought to light the importance of efficient strategizing and relevant data over the last five years:

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Increased Digitization in the Food and Beverage Industry

The world has grown exponentially through digitization over the last two decades. Recently, digitization has expanded across industries and has been incorporated across supply chains, business models, and consumer relations. Digitization has also propelled urbanization in many geographic locations and helped growth, demand, and consumers. Additionally, the automation of various processes across the supply chain and increased logistics efficiency has helped businesses address hurdles that were previously major challenges. Improved cold storage facilities, smart factories, the simplification of predictive maintenance through the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and the growing influence of the internet’s social aspect have transformed the way companies interact with consumers and changing market dynamics.

Infiniti’s trends analysis experts have evaluated the impact of this major trend and the subsequent industry trends that have impacted businesses’ food and beverage industry trends. To successfully compete with the growing competition, companies will need to embrace digitization as best they can. This includes identifying the newest technologies adopted by industry leaders, revamping their supply chain to include technological advancement, and establishing new business models to accommodate the changes influenced by digitization. With Infiniti’s trends analysis solutions, food and beverage companies can identify upcoming trends, strategize for them, and stay a step ahead of competitors and market dynamics at all times.

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Direct-to-Consumer Business Models

Streamlined supply chains, increasing eCommerce adoption, and the increased availability of delivery services have propelled all industries into a new form of business services. Companies have started to offer their products via their own websites, mobile applications, and social media channels in the food and beverage industry. Additionally, companies are available on various other platforms and embrace an omnichannel business model for efficiency, growth, and consumer convenience. Major brands have established an online presence, tactfully placed certain brick-and-mortar stores, and engaged with their clients across various platforms, most often over the internet. This direct-to-consumer approach has transformed multiple markets, and the food and beverage industry is one among them. This enables improved services, personalized offerings, better offers and rewards for consumers, well-informed decision-making, and better reach to consumers.

Infiniti’s market intelligence experts studied direct-to-consumer business models and identified various crucial benefits including, reduced customer attrition, increased consumer feedback and room for improvement, higher customer loyalty, and most importantly, a more comprehensive customer engagement approach. With our market scanning and monitoring experts’ help, companies can identify and incorporate better strategic decisions into their business models, improve their offerings, compete with industry leaders, and overcome industry challenges.

Changing Dietary Demands

Consumers’ preferences change continually and directly impact major market dynamics. In the food and beverage industry, consumers changing choices influence company offerings, products, and services directly. Recently, awareness regarding the environmental impact of various food groups and the increasing particularity of dietary preferences have caused substantial industry changes. Veganism, lactose intolerance, gluten allergies, and rising concern regarding the meat industry have propelled growth and transformation. Companies are now creating niche product ranges and offering innovative alternatives to standard foods. The introduction of vegan baked goods, bottled healthy smoothies, and packaged ready-to-eat meals are some instances of industry changes. This helps companies increase brand loyalty, introduce niche products, create smaller market segments, and provide an ideal consumer experience.

Infiniti’s customer intelligence solutions have helped businesses identify customers’ needs, understand changing consumer preferences, and develop comprehensive strategies to meet consumers’ demands. Additionally, with our brand health assessment, companies can evaluate current and potential consumers’ reactions towards their offerings, assess brand visibility, and understand the factors influencing their brand image. This enables the development of comprehensive strategies to improve overall brand health and optimize consumer experiences.

Infiniti’s solutions help food and beverage industry players overcome changing market dynamics and strategize for the future. Request more information to learn how you can prepare for the upcoming decade.

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How to Recapture Growth in the Fast Food Industry

Fast food companies have enjoyed high profits despite offering products and services at low costs over the years. However, the shifting consumer demand to healthier and premium quality products at the existing price points have left fast food chains grappling for ways to satisfy these needs. The fast food industry is primarily characterized by convenience, affordability, and speed. But modern customers in the sector are looking for this and much more from players in the fast food industry. Companies in the fast food industry that are able to identify and align their strategies to suit the changing market demands can ensure a stable future for their business. Fast food industry experts at Infiniti Research identify some critical strategies that can help companies in the sector to turn a reasonable profit through increased operational excellence and improved customer service strategies.

Although companies in the fast food industry can expect challenging times ahead, capitalizing on the right opportunities can help harness growth and profitability for players. Request a free proposal to know how our solutions can be tailor-made to cater to your business’s unique challenges and help you seize profitable business opportunities.

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Listen to your customers

In the case of any service industry, knowing what your customer wants and effectively catering to their demands is paramount. As consumer demands shift towards healthier and better quality food ingredients, top companies in the fast food industry have already started to incorporate these fast food industry trends into their business. Furthermore, some fast food companies have also begun to make the food in front of the customers so that they can witness the quality of ingredients used and be convinced of cleanliness and nutrition in the food that they consume.

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Transparent marketing strategies

You may often find that in today’s digital age, not all marketing strategies of fast food companies take off as expected. One of the main reasons for this is due to the lack of transparency in the marketing strategies of fast food companies. In the age of empowered customers, people have wider options to gain more information and voice their opinions than ever before. Showcasing transparency in operations as a part of the marketing strategies is one of the best ways for fast food industry companies to garner and maintain customer loyalty.

Identify untapped niche

Millennials were earlier an untapped niche for fast food companies. Reaching out to such untapped segments can open up new business verticals for companies in the fast food industry. For instance, recently a well-known fast food chain reached out to millennials in two ways: firstly, by engaging with customers and providing through online channels and by secondly, by giving this customer group a sense of community by promoting authenticity and inclusion through workshops and tastings. This also resulted in several consumers documenting their experiences through social media and word-of-mouth, enhancing the branding of the company.

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What Food Retailers Can Do to Revive the Declining Sales Volume

food retailersFood retailers saw a steady increase in the product volumes sold during the late 90s’ and the early 2000s’, but the growth of food-at-home (FAH) segments have been stalled over the past decade. One of the main reasons for this is when the US customers faced the heat of the recession in 2008, the common trend among households became to eat out less and save money. As a result, the volumes sold by food retailers in the FAH category saw a steady rise. However, as the economy improved, consumers began dining out frequently, consequently, volumes of products sold by companies in the food retail sector took a hit. Although food industry experts at Infiniti Research predict that the sector will continue to undergo the pressure of declining sales over the next few years, there are a few measures to help food retailers resign from flat or negative growth.

By having a clear understanding of the changes and transformations that have driven food-volume growth in the recent past and how those trends will likely evolve, consumer food companies can better prepare for the road ahead. Request a free proposal to know how our food industry experts can help you stay in line with the market changes in the sector.

Ways to spur growth in food retail

Amidst the downbeat forecast relating to the growth patterns, several food retailers have already begun taking an ad-hoc approach for addressing the sluggish FAH growth on the overall business. Measures such as minor product innovations and or reduction in packaging size are some common examples. But to make way for sustainable growth and plan for the challenging years awaiting them, food retailers must take a broader and long-term view of the market. This can be done through bold strategic moves including collaborations or even partnerships.

Re-evaluate product portfolios

There is no doubt that there has been an overall decline in FAH volumes. Despite this, some subcategories have managed to show signs of growth in the recent years. This has been largely driven by the demographic shifts that have taken place in the US over a span of the last 10-15 years. It is vital for food retailers to identify pockets of growth by combining data related to changing consumer attitude and purchasing behavior with the data collected on the changing demographic and economic trends. Furthermore, the lifestyle changes of US consumers are promoting the growth of healthy and organic food products. Therefore, food retailers can concentrate their efforts on these verticals to ensure stable profits. Identifying underperformers is another area of focus for companies in the food retail sector. Divesting in product categories that are rapidly declining in terms of volumes and profits would be advisable.

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Supply chain changes to manage volatility

Food retailers often find themselves exposed to commodity price fluctuations and aggressive supply chain transformations are the only solution to overcome such challenges. For instance, a popular coffee chain had purchased its first coffee farm in 2013 to ensure an undisputed supply of coffee beans. Food retailers can also consider joint ventures which will help increase their collective bargaining power and respond better to commodity volatility. Some top food retailers are also trying to develop new and innovative product formulations to better respond to commodity price fluctuations. Such process changes can help to considerably lower costs so that food retail companies can better handle the volatility.

Enter into mutually beneficial partnerships

The challenges faced by both food retailers and food manufacturers over the coming years will be more or less the same. Some of the top retailers are already deeply invested in the private-label and prepared-foods businesses. These categories present opportunities for mutually beneficial partnerships among food companies. Seeking new ways to collaborate with food retailers will be the trait of winning food companies.

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Thought Leader Insights: Key Challenges in the German Food and Beverage Market

Germany is Europe’s largest market for the food and beverage industry. The changing food habits of German consumers are prompting several international food and beverage companies to set shop in this region. Food and beverage companies in Germany can also expect to see significant investments and growth over the next few years. The lucrative market prospects make the German food and beverage market a highly lucrative one, consequently, leading to cut-throat competition. In this article, an Infiniti Research thought leader, who has expertise in working with several global food and beverage companies overcome their business challenges, shares some critical insights on the German food and beverage market and describes strategies for players to succeed in the long run.

What makes the German food and beverage market challenging?

Given the fact that Germany is one of the largest economies in the world and its huge market size makes it extremely challenging for companies doing business in this region to become a significant player in the market. In the food and beverage industry, every category is characterized by immense competition and each brand attempts to be recognized by consumers by telling them a unique story. Often food and beverage companies struggle to achieve this with several players trying to do the same thing and sometimes companies even try to communicate too many things at the same time. This often ruins the effectiveness of a message in reaching the target audience and creating an impression in their minds about the brand. Also, due to the increased level of competition, both the consumers and buyers are very skeptical in this market. It takes considerable time and effort to convince them of their first purchase, and then it takes a great product in order to be purchased regularly. Despite all these factors, what makes the German and food and beverage market appealing is the fact that once a brand gets a foothold in the German market and people start to like it, both consumers as well as buyers become loyal partners.

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Is there any common pitfall while entering the German food and beverage market?

There is often a lot of impatience when it comes to launching a new product in the German food and beverage market. This is especially true in the case of companies that are fairly young and inexperienced in venturing into international markets. It is important for such players to work collaboratively with market experts who can validate the idea of expansion plans. Another pitfall that becomes crucial in a German market entry is when brands overly follow the lean approach and try to venture into the market without the right preparation in terms of product quality, packaging, websites, or marketing strategy. Germans are not as proficient in English as many of their neighboring countries like the Netherlands or Scandinavia. So, being fluent in German is key if you would like to convince both consumers as well as buyers about your product.

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Playbook for Success in the Modern Food and Beverage Industry

The total revenue of the global food and beverage industry is skyrocketing with each passing year. Although the quality of products or service plays a significant role in the survival of food and beverage companies, this no longer remains the only ingredient for success in the food and beverage industry. With the ever-changing market trends and the growing need to satisfy changing consumer demands, companies in the sector must be on their toes to grasp new food and beverage industry trends. It is also important for businesses in the sector to identify ways to leverage maximum benefits from the market opportunities. Based on our discussions with several prominent food and beverage companies from different regions, here are some key takeaways on how the food and beverage industry is changing and what companies in this sector must do to thrive.

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Trends disrupting the food and beverage industry

Catering to a new group of shoppers

The old rules of the CPG no longer work with the new-age shoppers. Millennials and Gen Z consumers are inclined to brands that fit their lifestyle. This group of consumers are known to shy away from manufactured marketing of traditional food and beverage industry products. They favor ‘real ingredients’ and expect labels to be clear and easily understandable. Moreover, the internet has brought about drastic changes to customer expectations not only online but also in the store. Younger consumers want to be able to order ahead, pay, and capture loyalty rewards, all by using their phones. Catering effectively to this new group of consumers should be a major milestone for companies in the food and beverage industry.

Direct to consumer channels for launching new products

New players in the food and beverage industry often start out by selling directly to consumers, mostly using online channels. Direct to consumer brands are often more successful in capturing deep data on their target consumers which can be further used to deliver personalized consumer experience, refine product strategy, and build long-term customer relationships. By selling directly, players in the food and beverage industry can also experiment with new business models. Furthermore, when these brands plan to move to brick and mortar, it can dramatically enhance their chance of success.

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Focus on smart growth

With so many brands in the food and beverage industry and ample choice available to consumers, retailers are often quick to pull the chord on products that fail to deliver quick sales or even attract new customers. When launching a new product in the food and beverage industry, it is always better to start small in order to be able to manage the complexities of retail distribution. Brands that focus on expanding too rapidly could run into crippling cashflows or may even face critical manufacturing or supply chain problems. Also, increased focus must be given to communicating stories at the shelf via packaging, promotions, shelf-edge marketing, and the other tried and tested tools of retail marketing.

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Keeping up with the Latest Beverage Industry Trends and Market Updates

Consumers around the world are moving to a healthier lifestyle, making a great impact on the product offerings of the beverage industry around the world. Customers are switching gradually from caffeine-laden and sugary drinks to alternatives that are more healthy and also environmentally friendly. Companies that want to survive such beverage industry trends must start by filling the gaps in their offering to meet the changing consumer demands.

The article below involves a global beverage industry analysis highlighting some of the key beverage industry trends in its entirety to help companies in the sector understand and stay abreast of the latest news, innovations, and market developments.

Top beverage industry trends

beverage industry trendsHyper-personalization of functional beverages

Functional beverages is one of the newest beverage industry trends that offer several health benefits by packing superfood ingredients including turmeric, activated charcoal, matcha, and aloe-vera into the beverages. Functional beverages promote overall wellness goals of consumers. Some of the key benefits they claim to offer include weight loss, improved sleep, and better gut health. Such healthy grab-and-go options are notable beverage industry trends becoming popular across the globe.

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Increased use of automation

Businesses across industries are highly focused on lowering their costs and maximizing profits. Also, it is a known fact that the food and beverage industry is highly sensitive as even a minor drop in product quality will be easily noticed by consumers and this can greatly hamper the brand image. With automation, beverage companies are trying to eliminate the chances of human error in packaging or quality control and also reduce the overall costs. Several companies are adopting beverage industry trends like automating their processes, thereby reducing costs and allowing them to dedicate more resources to branding and R&D. Automation is also playing a big role in food production and packaging as it allows for precise tracking and measurements to keep up with industry regulations and quality standards. Moreover, players in the beverage industry are considering automation as it helps reduce downtime and increase productivity.

Floral flavors market is blooming

The distinct taste of floral flavors has made it one of the highly lucrative beverage industry trends right now. Floral flavors are also known to possess great aroma and tastes and a lot of other health benefits, without adding extra calories. The EMEA region is expected to lead the global floral flavors market in the next couple of years.

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Premium packaging might soon become a norm

Uniqueness and personalization are two factors that impact buying behavior or modern consumers. Customers now look for more bespoke designs in packaging rather than off-the-shelf products. This is soon to become one of the major beverage industry trends. Beverage companies are increasingly laying importance to packaging by making overhauls to their current designs or even introducing new packaging for their products. In fact, beverage industry analysis by our experts shows that the sector is moving towards new beverage industry trends like premium packaging as a response to consumer desires.

Unspoken benefits of blockchain in the beverage industry

The importance of trust is high in the beverage industry and it plays a great role in building relationships between a company and its customers. The number of people falling ill due to food and beverage contamination is on the rise. This could be due to several factors including improper packaging, fake substitute manufacturers, and the addition of too many preservatives. Players in the food and beverage industry are now becoming aware of the benefits that blockchain technology can provide them in eradicating problems such as the usage of fraudulent ingredients and fake manufacturers. Foodborne illness can be reduced to a greater extent as blockchain can be integrated with advanced AI capabilities and Internet of Things (IoT) to identify and track food products in real-time, making blockchain one of the most popular and attractive beverage industry trends.

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Four Food Industry Trends to Expect in 2019

The food industry is rapidly evolving. Apart from staying on top of the emerging technologies and innovations, companies in the food industry must also keep a close watch on the changing consumer preferences and rising costs. Globally, the food industry in emerging markets including Philippines, China, and Malaysia are booming, while more established and mature market such as the US, Europe, and Canada are showing stagnant and slower levels of growth. There are similar macro trends that are driving growth and innovation across the globe despite varying economic and cultural differences. Infiniti Research reveals four food industry trends to expect in 2019 as this sector grapples with changing eating habits.

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Increasing demand for transparency

One of the biggest food industry trends this year is the rising consumer need for transparency. Modern consumers are well-informed and greatly interested in knowing the ingredients that go into the food products that they consume. Considering the rise of health and diet conscious customers, a greater number of consumers are reading the back of packages now more than ever.

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At-home meals

Recent research reveals food industry trends wherein a greater number of consumers prefer to have their meals delivered to their homes. This is primarily due to factors including streaming media, work from home, and rising need to stay away from the maddening crowd. Consequently, through the mid of 2018 to throughout 2019, the decline in dining at restaurants is expected to become one of the ongoing food industry trends.

Made to order/ customization

This is one of the food industry trends that have been evolving for years due to the growing demand of consumers to personalize the meals that they eat. Furthermore, the dietary preferences, restrictions, and allergic reactions to certain food items are some of the main factors that are driving the popularity of customization in meals to suit the needs of individual consumers.

Channel blur

An increasingly diverse array of operators in the food industry are venturing into foodservice in order to compete for their “share of stomach”. Players in the food industry no longer compete with only counterparts offering similar products. Rather, they now have to compete with segments including food trucks, convenience stores, supermarkets, and other meal kits that provide innovative options for consumers who are looking for variety and flexibility.

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Infiniti’s solutions for the food industry

In a highly dynamic sector such as the food industry, it is essential to keep tabs on the food industry trends. Furthermore, the uncertainties in the global economy are expected to take the center-stage in the future of food industry. Infiniti Research adopts a holistic approach to market research and provides comprehensive insights into the food industry trends, challenges, and strategies to strive in the target market. With a team of highly skilled market research professionals, we offer advanced, customized solutions that will help food and beverage companies to magnify competitive advantage by improving speed-to-market and stay up-to-date with the latest food industry trends.

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Food and Beverage Industry: A Comprehensive Overview

Food and Beverage Industry Overview

The food and beverage industry is going through rapid transformaContact UStions; and with the latest trends and innovations in place, it is not inappropriate to say that there is no looking back for food and beverage companies. Furthermore, the demand for healthy foods and packaged food and drinks items are some of the popular food and beverage industry trends that are all set to stay for a longer period of time. Food and beverage companies that revitalize themselves with the changing market trends will be successful in their venture to top the list of customers’ preference. However, like most other industries, this market is also facing several critical challenges that are even bigger than the growing market competition. Technological advances in the food and beverage industry also create a challenge in terms of adoption and budget restraints. In this article, we have analyzed the top trends and challenges that food and beverage companies are facing, globally. (more…)

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Why Transparency is the Key Ingredient for Brand Loyalty in the Food Industry

Today’s consumers are devoting considerable thought and precaution to the food products that they consume. How many times have you read the label of your favorite food product and wondered, “What is really in this?” Due to increased awareness because of digitalization, it has become important for companies in the food industry to be as transparent as possible with the consumers. In fact, transparency is an important building block for consumer trust that eventually results in brand loyalty. Especially in a sector like the food industry, brand loyalty drives sales and growth of a business in the long run. A recent survey revealed that consumers hold food companies the most responsible for showing transparency, more so than farmers, grocery stores, and restaurants. For companies in the food industry, this means that food manufacturing transparency has become an even more critical area of focus to ensure both compliance and customer satisfaction. Here are some advantages that food manufacturers can gain by revealing the true ingredients to the consumers:Request Proposal

Shopper decision making

There is a rising trend among modern consumers to shop according to a specific diet. This indicates that there is a need for a significant portion of consumers to have access to complete product information, rather than only whatever companies in the food industry choose to provide. This allows consumers to make decisions about the foods that meet their unique needs.  Consumer values vary drastically, and the definition of healthy can change from consumer to consumer. By providing accurate and comprehensive product information, brands allow consumers to make decisions that truly meet their personal dietary and health needs. Furthermore, when a consumer is aware that a product contains exactly the ingredients that are best suited to their needs, it promotes brand loyalty in the long run.

Customer loyalty

Due to the consumers’ demand for more in-depth product information, there is an opportunity for companies in the food industry to foster brand loyalty and capture market share. In the CPG industry, companies driving the most revenue are the ones that motivate repeat purchases and foster long-term loyalty. As a matter of fact, most customers will not show brand loyalty to companies that do not provide them with legitimate product information or rather provide them with information that is confusing. This presents a significant opportunity for brands to foster loyalty through product transparency.

Digital engagement

Product transparency goes beyond providing all ingredient information on a physical label. In this era of constant connectivity, there is an opportunity for companies in the food industry to go beyond the product label and offer more information digitally to engage with consumers across multiple channels. Recent research shows that consumers ranked digital labels that display known allergens and all nutritional information highly useful in making shopping of consumer goods easier. There is also an increase in consumers’ interest in mobile apps that offer extended product information. Grocery e-commerce also offers an opportunity for brands and retailers to offer additional product information and foster long-term brand loyalty.


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