Food processing industry statistics
Sustainable Food Processing Practices. Consumers are transforming sustainability in almost every aspect of life, and food is no exception to this trend. This sustainability trend in the world has created a storm. With industries of every kind changing and changing to keep up with the masses. Here are some statistics from Forbes (1) to illustrate the prevalence of consumer demand for sustainability:
- 65% of consumers are looking for products that can help them live more sustainably and socially
- 60% of consumers buy products and services from companies that operate with social and/or environmental awareness
- 54% of consumers try to buy products or services specifically from brands that advocate for social or environmental issues
- 43% of consumers would buy from brands with a significant and known purpose rather than competing brands without a known purpose
With an insight from these percentages, the food processing industry will not be excused from the sustainability shift that consumers are showing. Adopting a more sustainable approach takes time and thoughtful planning. Here are four ways the food processing industry can adopt more sustainable operating practices (2):
1. Environmentally friendly packaging:
Shifting away from plastic packaging is the future and is one of the primary ways the food processing industry can contribute to a more sustainable way of doing business. More than 78 million tons of plastic packaging are produced each year, yet only 14% of it is recycled. This, unfortunately, means that the majority of the plastic will end up in landfill. More environmentally friendly alternative packaging methods include wood, paper and other biodegradable resources. Getting started on the path to becoming environmentally conscious can start with making this simple change.
2. Reducing food waste:
1.3 billion tons of food in the US is wasted each year; This equates to nearly a third of all food that is produced. Investing time, money and resources into food production just to waste so much is annoying, and nearly half of all food waste occurs during processing and processing. Finding ways to reduce food waste such as improving management and treatment strategies and systems can go a long way in reducing the amount of waste. Efficiency and improvement are key to ensuring production quality. An ERP application such as SAP Business One can help simplify operations and help them become more efficient.
3. Improving Energy and Water Efficiency:
Food processing and processing requires large amounts of energy and water. The US manufacturing and manufacturing statistic indicates that it accounts for 23% of the food industry’s total energy use. Reducing your energy and water consumption can seem daunting since there are many components that require both to complete the job. However, there are ways in which improvements can be made such as implementing sustainable and energy-efficient water management systems. Understanding the options that can help reduce these uses and contribute to energy and water efficiency is the first step to becoming more sustainable.
4. Use sustainable ingredients:
Agricultural practices have developed increasing concerns in recent years regarding sustainability factors. Deforestation and habitat destruction are among the biggest concerns when dealing with agriculture. Impact on where food manufacturers and processors obtain their goods. To ensure they only buy sustainable ingredients that are harmless to the environment, these industries can responsibly source high-risk ingredients, just as the UTZ/Rainforest Alliance does with coffee, tea and cocoa. Setting these stringent standards on where a product is sourced and making sure it’s a sustainable source is a great way to contribute to the cause.
Overall, sustainability is the way of the future, for both the food processing industry and consumers. The best way to do the same is to learn about the steps needed to start the path to becoming more sustainable. Implementing technologies to help this process happen more smoothly and with less disruption to business and production can help make transitions less risky. SAP values purpose and sustainability while helping companies do better.
For information on how to become more sustainable, see the sustainability white paper: https://softengine.com/resources/whitepaper/manufacturing-sustainability/
Information about SAP’s sustainability mission can be found here https://www.sap.com/about/company/purpose-and-sustainability.html.