Guidebook for food supply chain digitalisation

The digitalisation of the food supply chain has increased at an accelerating pace in recent years. One of the key advantages of digitalisation is the ability to combine the customer’s internal operations and external services into one smooth process. On the other hand, this multi-stakeholder process creates maintenance requirements to keep up with the changes and steer the development of services. Many operators in the food supply chain industry have certainly recognised this challenge during the past year.

More data security

Data security is one of the key ingredients in the digitalisation of the food supply chain. The presence of data security is not noticeable in a normal situation, but the effects of its absence may be significant, depending on the situation. Although the development of digitalisation provides many new opportunities, it also brings about new risk factors from the perspective of data security. When the basics of the system are functioning well and security is ensured, the customer can relax and focus on the development of operations.

More efficiency, sustainability and transparency

Digitalisation can be used to make the food product ecosystem more efficient and sustainable by enabling a smoother flow of information and process. For example, digital tracking and quality control systems help ensure that food is safe and of high quality. This also enables food waste management which, due to cost increases, is an increasingly important factor in the use of valuable raw materials and inputs at all stages of the food supply chain. In addition, digital food supply chain management systems enable the monitoring of the entire supply chain from the field to the table and bring transparency and responsiveness to stakeholders in the food supply chain.

Although the safety of food is often a self-evident everyday matter for us Finns, it is also a point of honour for us.

The digitalisation of the food supply chain means we can continue to stand by our words when it comes to food safety.

At the forefront of development with focus on the basics

For us at Mtech, the digitalisation of the food supply chain means finding solutions to the customers’ processes by taking into account their operations as a whole.

The main advantages include more efficient use of valuable raw materials and improved overall quality of the product and operations.

In the future, the food ecosystem will be digitalised at an accelerating pace, and the development will quickly bring about opportunities that are not yet considered in standard everyday operations. At the same time, it is important to remember to also pay attention to the fundamentals on which our entire food supply chain is built.

We have had the privilege of being the driving force behind this change and development in cooperation with our customers. We thank you all for being part of this journey of change. Our journey as the author of the guidebook for the food supply chain will continue in the years to come.

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Antti Laukkonen

Antti Laukkonen
Director, Finland