The whole sector is impacted by constantly evolving food safety regulations, as the relevant government bodies strive to keep consumers safe.
Supply chain efficiency is vital, with every product having a limited shelf life. Scheduling is made more complex by lengthy supply chains that involve ingredients, packaging and distribution.
Customer and retailer demands
Operations must run at optimum efficiency to meet retailers’ demand for lower prices. Increasing competition between the biggest stores puts more pressure on manufacturers.
Fluctuating supplies and demand
Seasonality and dependence on crop yields can cause fluctuations in the availability and quality of raw materials, affecting productivity. Producers must prepare for supply problems, and respond to changing demand throughout the year.