The food industry needs to change course
Today, more and more consumers want to buy their food with a clear conscience. Yet, sustainability and pricing pressures are issues that the food sector will only find answers to with a fundamental change in course.
This change must involve every single player, from the local discount store to the grower to holistically improve the farm-to-fork process.The industry is fully aware that they are still dealing with a lot of waste in its value chains. So taking this out would not only reduce CO2 emissions as well as the mountain of food that is simply discarded, but also improve the bottom line at the same time. The industry paper on food is an invitation to take a much needed look at the bigger picture in your own industry.
It pays to take a look outside your own industry
The example of the automotive manufacturer Toyota shows just how efficient and waste-reducing processes can create sustainable success for the entire supply chain and all stakeholders.
This is why the food industry should use this model to initiate the needed course correction and optimize its own processes.
In the end, customers also benefit from removing non-value-added process components, which Toyota has achieved with Lean Management – not least in terms of price. Similarly, the food sector can also benefit from LeanManagement in the farm-to-fork process.In the end, customers also benefit from removing non-value-added process components, which Toyota has achieved with Lean Management – not least in terms of price. Similarly, the food sector can also benefit from LeanManagement in the farm-to-fork process.
The increasing customer demand for quality at the lowest price represents an environment of tension that we can only survive in if we make the non-value added in our E2E processes transparent and work systematically to reduce it.Marc Grimminger
CEO of Lila Bäcker
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In his professional life, Axel Davila Lage has gotten to know both sides of the food industry: The “Do-it-Yourself” industry and corporate consulting. However, not only as a consultant, but also as a passionate amateur cook, he is passionate about food.
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