Food producers don’t need to look far for creative solutions and the past has a great deal of sources of inspiration.
The reintroduction of regional production centers is allowing food producers to react quickly to local market demands, with consumers also benefiting from preferred local tastes.
Localized food production also has other benefits. It can address the impact of increased shipping costs growing as a proportion of unit costs. For example, an Accenture CPG client was able to reclaim lost revenue by adopting a regional production model. By shipping their products more densely they reduced unit distribution costs and increased supply chain agility.
Adopting this form of creative thinking may be a necessary step. This is nothing new – in the 1930s, Campbell’s revolutionized food manufacturing when it condensed its soup products and pushed product finalization into the consumer’s hands.