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Sector insight: Sustainability in food & drink manufacturing

The latest in the ‘Edie Explains’ series is dedicated to food and drink manufacturing. The mission, should we choose to accept it: food and drink manufacturers need to sustainably nourish a global population that will rise from 7.6 billion today to more than 9.8 billion in 2050. The perfect storm of increasing demand, dwindling resources and the ever-present threat of climate change can make this mission appear impossible at first. But where there’s a will, there’s a way.

The food and drink industry is experiencing an era of unprecedented change, driven by technological advances, new global frameworks and a transformation of the supply chain to build resilience across the global food system. This is the era of ‘smart factories’ utilising big-data analytics, 3D printing and artificial intelligence to manufacture products faster and more efficiently than ever before. This is the era of new global frameworks such as the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which underpin what is a key development stage in the organisation and management of the entire manufacturing value chain. This is the era of new collaborative partnerships, formed to find long-term solutions to tackle food security and end hunger once and for all. This is Industry 4.0.

This Centrica Business Solutions sponsored Edie insight report seeks to answer all of these crucial questions by exploring the key drivers, challenges and opportunities facing sustainable business within the UK’s food and drink manufacturing sector, including:

  • a snapshot of the current state of the sector in the UK
  • key environmental policies and regulations affecting sustainable food and drink manufacturing
  • the report goes on to explore three drivers, four challenges and five opportunities facing sustainability professionals in the industry
  • an insight into the food and drink manufacturing business model of the future
  • an our industry viewpoint

Facts and stats, best-practice case studies and key findings from our own industry survey are embedded throughout the report to provide an end-to-end overview of the state of sustainability in manufacturing.

Find out more about the Food and Drink Manufacturing industry and their challenges on the Edie Blog.