Within the current growing population, the immediate demand for highly efficient, robust innovations with the production and distribution of food and beverage consumables grows each year.
In a rapidly changing, highly competitive industry, ensuring your company is best situated to meet and exceed these increasing changes is essential for remaining competitive and compatible with developing technologies and production solutions.
With high instances of change come new and growing challenges that directly interfere with the competitiveness of your company. Knowing these challenges and implementing the best solutions will establish your company as an industry leader.
What Growing Industry Challenges Mean For You
The accelerating nature of globalization means there are many unique and existing challenges that companies must meet within the food and beverage industry. Identifying these key challenges is fundamental in finding and implementing the best available solutions in a rapidly changing environment.
4 key challenges to consider for your company are the following:
- New regulations in quality assurance of finished goods
- Major demand fluctuations in a growing population
- Increased competition within the industry
- Elevated mandates for technological innovation and automation
New Regulatory Changes in Quality Control
As innovations and improvement happen in virtually every sector, food and beverage production is no exception. Increased demand for the higher quality of manufactured food and beverage products has led directly to new instances of quality control. Many new federally mandated regulations, such as the U.S. Food Safety and Modernization Act, have been put in place to police this new emphasis on quality control, so ensuring your company is confident in the complete manufacturing process of goods is essential.
Problems in quality assurance can happen in multiple areas of the production process, including but not limited to:
- Ingredient and materials storage
- Mixing procedures of ingredients
- Production processes of unfinished goods
- Packaging and distribution of finished goods
Lapses in the reliability of different production systems within these processes can result in unknown errors in quality control which leads to a loss in both monetary capital and physical inventory.
Major Demand Fluctuations
As the population expands and globalization becomes even more prevalent, demand fluctuations can become more extreme. Consumer preferences change quite rapidly, so ensuring complete confidence and control over production processes is essential to ensure a timely response to changes.
The ability to pivot, change various pieces of the production line, and match variable consumer demand will allow your company to stay a step ahead of competitors and manage the everchanging supply & demand sequences within a globalized economy more effectively.
As more entrants into the industry continue alongside increasing instances of consolidation, the economies of scale within the food and beverage industry continue to shift. This has led to the food and beverage industry leading many sectors in terms of the maximization of efficiency and innovative technologies.
Ensuring your company is not only recognizing these shifts but actively engaging in ensuring increasing profitability will allow your company to remain highly competitive.
Increased competition can be combatted through the following key methods:
- Upgrading key production systems to ensure efficiency and reliability
- Ensuring flexibility in production to combat fluctuating consumer preferences
- Staying up to date with the latest quality control regulations
- Investing in innovative technologies to lower overall costs
Innovation & Automation
Innovation is essential to addressing many key challenges arising for companies within the food and beverage industry, making it a key challenge itself to address.
Innovation within production systems is highly important as is the increasing instance of reliable, efficient, and capable automation processes during the manufacturing of goods.
Automation alone can provide your company with all of the following and more:
- Lower operational costs
- Better safety ratings
- More reliability
- Increased control over production processes
- Higher output
Proactively Employing the Best Solutions
Finding the best solutions to key challenges within the food and beverage industry does not have to be a challenge to your company. By following a simple, three step implementation process, all of the identified challenges can be addressed.
The three steps needed to combat key challenges are:
- Identifying best areas for innovation
- Upgrade key production systems
- Employ the proper training to manage new systems
These three steps ensure that your company will remain on top of a rapidly changing, globalized industry and are adhering to the latest regulations, trends, and demands.
1. Identifying Areas for Innovation
No matter what part of the production process it is, identifying where your company could utilize sufficient upgrades is essential to employing the proper solutions. Areas to target upgrades should be considered based on the following:
- Reliability of the equipment
- Efficiency of the equipment
- Ability to meet regulatory changes
Unreliable or inefficient equipment will not only slow down or stop key production process, but it could also lead to monetary losses or quality control failures resulting in even bigger setbacks for your company.
2. Upgrading Key Systems
Once the equipment, systems, or areas of production best suited for innovation, upgrade, and replacement are identified, the proper changes can be chosen and implemented. Finding core solutions to identified problems can allow for the enhanced reliability, productivity, and competitiveness of your business.
Key areas that can be upgraded include but are not limited to:
- Mixing / Batching
- Measurement of processes
3. Employing Proper Training
The final step in successfully mitigating industry challenges is the proper technical training for management of new equipment, systems, or practices. Without proper management, systems within the production process are more at risk for:
- Failures in operation
- Avoidable disruptions in production
- Safety hazards
Stay Competitive Through Professional System Upgrades
As the regulatory, demand, and competitive nature of the food and beverage industry continues to evolve, ensuring your business is ahead of the curve is essential. While challenges can initially pose as difficult to navigate, with the proper solutions in place, it does not have to be.
Learn more today about how your company can meet new and existing challenges with the right instrumentation and application solutions.