There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ when it comes to food…not anymore. Industrialization and globa
Savvy food and beverage manufacturers know that our industry is constantly reinventing itself. More than 30,000 new products are introduced by food and beverage producers every year. According to the USDA, the new products are primarily snacks, bakery foods, sauces, dressing and condiments. The greatest challenge for manufacturers is to shift quickly to meet consumer demands – while decreasing costs, adding value and empowering enterprise-wide innovation.
Food producers are under pressure to meet changing consumer demands and purchasing behavior. At the same time, new products must meet compliance guidelines both on the local and international level. The US-American Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the EU’s LMIV represent just two food standards that exist around the world that must be met when trading products globally. To this end, effective data management and seamless documentation of all processes throughout the entire product life cycle must be in place – from research, development, and finally, to the supermarket shelf.
Placing Industry 4.0 at the forefront of the digital agenda in all manufacturing industries and thereby increasing competitiveness is a matter of course and clearly also applies to the food and beverage industry. Changing consumer behavior and legal regulations, as well as increasing specialization means new challenges for the industry. Even though many manufacturing plants have already automated their processes, there is still often the need for structural integration of a comprehensive data model. The digital integration of plant-wide processes offers innovative solutions in this vein. What Industry 4.0 means for the food and beverage industry, where to tap opportunities and the concrete measures to implement in is the topic of this article.