The drivers in today’s food industry
Today’s food industry is typified by being highly demand driven with an ever-increasing legislative framework as food safety and security continues to be a high profile issue. Customers demand higher levels of choice, availability and quality at lower cost. The expectation of today’s customer is that whatever is desired is instantly available at any time and place the consumer demands.
The manufacturing environment
The impact of these demands from both the consumer and from government bodies in terms of legislation results in a very different manufacturing environment. Long production runs that are geared to supply warehouses and deliver a standard one size fits all product are gone. Factories that are highly flexible, that ship to order, huge combinations of product variations, pack sizes and formulations at a moments notice sit in their place. These facilities are geared to meet demand that is impacted by weather, season and occasion.