Food processing

The key to appeasing the fury in Mother Nature’s supply chain: reinventing food processing.

If you think that the supply chain dysfunction over the past few months is what has weighed on your ability to receive online orders on time or run your business effectively, you haven’t paid close attention to Mother Nature. She is certainly getting older and becoming much more violent. We are certainly not picking up on its winds of change and its tough quests to save the planet – let alone to be able to grow our food.

There isn’t a news agency or media platform you can go to today that doesn’t have a main story about the dysfunctional and totally broken global supply chain. There are over 11.8 million results if you type “supply chain dysfunction” into Google search. Everything about each of the broken links in this crucial lifeline that supplies all of our material needs has been pointed out. Yes, we know that anything we want to buy that is not physically in stock, at the time of our order, will not be available for months and months and months. “Enough already – fix it,” has become a rallying cry from farm fields to boardrooms, to the backdrop of restaurants and mainstream kitchens.

However, the root cause of the problems, which have been repeated for years in the food industry, are somehow not made public and efforts to stabilize the disturbances are not presented. Nowadays, the focus and attention seems to be on the middle and end of the supply chain, within the manufacturing and logistics activities that lead to order fulfillment. This makes sense given that these are the areas that require the most investment, generate sales, and generate profits. Depending on the commodity, one could argue that these areas do not require the extended lead times that components require early in the supply chain.

Much of the pace and sequence of the supply chain is totally dependent on the inputs at the very beginning; the ingredients and building blocks that make up the finished product. This is where all problems start, and ironically, they’re not directly caused by actors who grease the inner workings of the supply chain. Oh no no! The challenges of harvesting ingredients, minerals, and other natural resources that kick-start the supply chain as inputs are affected by none other than Mother Nature herself.

Climate change and the impact of human neglect on our planet’s natural resources are a direct link to the supply chain challenges we are experiencing today, as is the depletion of natural resources that is occurring around the world. . From silicon found in quartz rock which is the essential ingredient for the semiconductor industry, to harvesting rainwater for irrigation, everything that is needed to produce a finished product is impacted by seismic changes in climate. Even the reliable and sequential ‘El-Nino’ ​​/ ‘La-Nina’ climate models that we learned in high school and which have driven agribusiness, especially the livelihoods of farmers for years, have been significantly disrupted. due to the rise in the Earth’s temperature.

The reality of supply chain disruption and links to climate change is becoming increasingly evident and the food industry is realizing it despite the lack of consumer awareness of this effort. Recently, Morgan Stanley

showcased research that provided ideas and solutions for feeding a world with a growing population and the accelerating challenges of climate change. The principles of regenerative agriculture were presented and innovative solutions in a multitude of areas were highlighted, including crop rotation practices and seed development.

Sharing best practices and the collective effort of food manufacturers around the world will accelerate the correction of the current imbalance of depleted natural resources while trying to meet the growing demand for nutritious and healthy food.

Investing in sustainable agricultural solutions to mitigate climate change, which in turn enable efficient production are areas of focus and investment in which Nestlé has played a global leadership role. The Nestlé net zero farming initiative has caught the attention of the global food industry and is an example of how reinventing food production could lead to a more sustainable world – a world with more predictable weather, pure blue skies. and more abundant green fields. To happier Mother Nature and to all of our online orders delivered on time, someday!