The food and drink market is tough. Consumers demand more and more for less and less, levels of competition are high, and legislative demands have never been higher. Rises in energy and food commodity prices, combined with climate change, all conspire to increase levels of uncertainty and risk.
However, ADAS expertise can turn potential threats into an opportunity.
Furthermore, whilst the market is changing rapidly, it is clear that corporate social and environmental responsibility issues are here to stay and represent an opportunity for progressive businesses.
Sustainable solutions in food production, processing, manufacturing and retailing have never been in such high demand as companies seek to generate efficiency savings and demonstrate green credentials.
Whether it is setting a vision on carbon neutrality, supplying locally sourced produce, waste reduction, energy conservation or carbon labelling, there is a wide variety of opportunities for the whole industry to exceed consumer expectations in order to protect and reinforce its brands.
In tandem with industry’s strategic initiatives, Government has developed its own vision for a sustainable food industry encapsulated in documents such as Defra’s Food Industry Sustainability Strategy (FISS) which outlines a number of key targets for the sector relating to: reduction of food waste; reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; reduction of water use; reduction in costs associated with domestic transportation of food; a reduction in the incidence of food borne illness and an increase in the average consumption of fruit and vegetables.
Leading food retailers have also announced very ambitious sustainability targets on reducing carbon emissions, reducing waste to landfill, extending sustainable sourcing, investment in renewable energy and
low carbon technologies, improved transport efficiency and establishing local community initiatives.
ADAS scientists and consultants have an unrivalled breadth and depth of experience in all these issues – The ADAS expertise stretches from plough to plate which facilitates the delivery and implementation of whole supply chain solutions.
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Typical ADAS customers include Sainsburys, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Müller, Birdseye, farmers and primary processors. Typical projects include:
- Reducing pollution and costs – reduction of diffuse pollution from a frozen pea supply chain without a compromise in yield, for Birdseye Foods.
- Meeting consumer needs – creation of a ‘local food’ capability by developing fully traceable regional red meat supply chains for a large catering butcher.
- Reducing food waste and disposal costs – removal of waste fruit to an ADAS composting facility for recycling.
- Reducing carbon footprint and costs - Carbon Footprint Assessment and identification of measures to reduce this footprint whilst reducing costs and improving competitiveness.
- Improving quality and consistency – improvement of production protocols within supply chain assurance schemes for Sainsburys.
- Managing and mitigating risk - ADAS has helped a wide variety of clients to assess food supply risk and to develop sourcing strategies that mitigate this risk.
At ADAS, we believe that in the near future all successful companies will possess significant green credentials. If your organisation wishes to be counted among that number, contact us now.
ADAS contact David.Lancaster@adas.co.uk Tel. 01623 844331
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