Food supply chain
Globalized food supply chains will have to accommodate demands for food that matches individuals’ social and health profiles, and that is produced and distributed safely, equitably and sustainably.
Higher yields, less wastage, and better distribution will all contribute to improve food security. But increased transportation and more complex supply chains will shift the spotlight onto food safety. Customers, empowered by social media, will increasingly interrogate the processing and origin of food.
Sufficient availability of healthy food will be important in developed countries, as well as in less developed countries. From a national perspective, it is desirable to facilitate a menu that reduces the potential for lifestyle diseases that could become a heavy burden on the health budget.
Sustainability will be an overriding principle throughout the food supply chain. As we approach 2025, ever more parameters will be incorporated in the support system to document and verify the sustainability of products. These parameters will be linked to climate change, ethics-related requirements, and resource efficiency.