What is the food supply chain?
The food supply chain describes the journey of food from field to plate. All of the phases of the chain are complex entities that influence one another. Streamlining these entities provides a range of benefits from financial to eco-friendly advantages.
The phases of the food supply chain are:
- primary production
- processing industry
- transport and logistics
- individual consumers
How does digitalisation of the food supply chain take place?
Digitalisation, or the implementation of IT solutions tailored to meet precise needs, can improve the smooth flow of all phases of the food supply chain and their interfaces. It increases production and sales, reduces waste, and improves product traceability. This results in even better and fresher products, with more information on their origins.
The digitalisation of primary production allows for each animal or plant unit to be monitored separately, and for their health and growth to be improved throughout their life cycle and the processing chain.
Technology automates distribution and management channels as well as production processes, and is set to be one of the key parts of the entire food production chain in the future. It ensures that the cold chain remains unbroken and optimises transport routes, thereby improving both the quality of the food and its environmental impact.
Digitalisation of the food supply chain is visible to the consumers every day in e.g. online food shops and food waste applications, and as precise origin markings on foodstuff packaging. Digitalisation increases the transparency of food production and reduces waste.
Benefits of digitalisation
Digitalisation speeds up the entire food supply chain and makes it more effective, because products are made available to the markets more quickly. It also makes the products cleaner and increase their quality, and gives the companies evidence of the quality of their products in light of the information available.
Another advantage is environmental friendliness, which digitalisation increasingly enables. Waste reduction is just one part of the environmental impact.
Digitalisation provides a huge number of benefits. It is an investment that should be planned carefully in order to be certain that business targets are achieved. So do not hesitate to contact a specialist if you need help planning your investment.
Business digitalisation is always a strategic investment that has an extensive effect on the operating methods in a company. Choosing a specialist partner can make the process easier, and it pays to choose the right partner for the job. Mtech specialises in the potential of digitalising all areas of the food supply chain.