Food safety, traceability and sustainability blog

Consumer Demand for Supply Chain Transparency and Fresh, Local Food Drives Farm-to-Table into Fast Casual Dining

Consumer preferences for healthy, nutritious food continue to drive trends in the food industry. The farm-to-table concept, which involves reducing the distance food travels before it arrives at the consumer’s table, is an old but still relevant concept. Farm-to-table sources food through as few intermediaries as possible and uses ingredients in their freshest state.

Not only are consumers thrilled to have same-day harvests on their plates, they are increasingly drawn to brands that demonstrate sustainability and supply chain transparency. This presents several opportunities for food businesses.

The Safety Pros and Cons of Convenience Foods

Convenience has always been a key driver of consumer purchases in the food industry. While today’s consumers are more conscientious about the foods they eat, they still want products that are convenient and easy to prepare. Research by Nielsen revealed that one in four U.S. adults has purchased a meal kit in the last year, and 70 percent continue to buy them after making their first purchase.

Smart Food Sourcing and Brand Transparency

Today’s consumers want more variety in their food, but they are also more critical of product labels. They want food supply chain transparency, especially about the origin of their products they buy. On the regulatory side, new laws stipulate a focus on preventing contaminated raw materials from getting into the food supply chain, rather than dealing with contamination in factories. For anyone involved in the supply chain, delivering on these expectations can be challenging.

Creating a Connected Cold Chain


Join FoodLogiQ for a live webinar on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 at 3:00 pm ET when we'll talk with Donna Garren at American Frozen Food Institute and Eric Moore at Testo about creating a connected cold chain.

Increased globalization and remote sourcing in the food industry have brought food options and convenience closer to home for many consumers. However, the ever-growing demand for these products has created new challenges for suppliers, shippers, and retailers. With the perishables industry constantly expanding, physical distances and shipping conditions are critical considerations in the supply chain.

Exploring Blockchain Solutions within the Food Supply Chain


Join FoodLogiQ for a live demo on Thursday, July 26th, 2018 at 2:00pm ET and learn how Blockchain has the potential to revolutionize business and redefine companies and economies within the food supply chain. 

Although Blockchain is still in its infantile stage, there's been no shortage of media coverage on this new technology. Read any current business blog or publication, and you'll probably find multiple articles on the subject of blockchain.

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