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Top Food and Beverage Insights from 2022

As 2022 comes to a close, I’ve taken time to reflect on the 200+ content pieces that our industry experts here at Clarkston have generated over the past year. Below, I’ve highlighted just a few of our top insights for food and beverage in 2022. For all of our 2022 food and beverage insights, you can read more here. 

Top 6: 2022 Food and Beverage Insights

1. Best Practices in Traceability: Lessons the Food Industry Can Learn from Pharma  

With stricter quality regulations and increased consumer demand for transparency, food companies are being forced to enhance and improve their approach to traceability. What exactly does that look like? The pharma industry has a long history of strong traceability efforts and good data practices that the food industry can (and should) look to for guidance. In this piece, Michael Marrone, director, walks us through ways that the food industry can take lessons learned from FDA regulations in the pharma industry and implement those best practices in traceability.  

Read Best Practices in Traceability


2. Food Product Packaging Trends

Have you ever really thought about the importance of a product’s packaging? It’s more than just a protective barrier from outside contamination or a way to read a product’s nutritional information. It’s oftentimes a consumer’s first impression of a brand, and more recently, it’s a tool for communication, transparency, and sustainability. In this piece, Addie Schmidt, consultant, explores recent and emerging food product packaging trends for CPG companies.   

View Trends for Food Product Packaging


3. Blockchain Challenges in the Food and Beverage Industry  

Blockchain – a secure ledger that records and stores digital transactions – is making its mark in a number of industries. Its potential applications for safely storing and sharing data are seemingly countless, and it could serve as a useful tool for enabling greater transparency in the food and beverage industry. However, companies would need to assess and implement with caution, as there’s still much to learn with this emerging and transformative technology. In this piece, Evan Shirley, Client Solutions Executive, unpacks potential blockchain challenges, like addressing accessibility gaps, privacy and data protection concerns, and evolving regulations.  

Explore Blockchain Challenges


4. How The War in Ukraine is Impacting the Global Food Crisis

The War in Ukraine had had significant implications on the world’s global food supply. The ongoing conflict combined with supply chains already struggling from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate crises from floods and droughts, and a lack of access to key materials has put a serious strain on the world’s global food supply. In this piece, Scott Shaw, principal consultant and supply chain services leader, discusses these constraints and how supply chain leaders can best prepare for and respond to future global disruptions. 

Read About the Global Food Supply


5. Adopting a Circular Economy in the Food and Beverage Industry 

Sustainability continues to be at top of mind for many consumers; as such, they’re looking to support brands that hold similar values to their own, including those who are aware of their environmental impact. For the food and beverage industry, we’re beginning to see companies adopt “circular thinking,” or a focus on regenerative and restorative processes in an effort to eliminate waste. In this piece, Evan Shirley, Client Solutions Executive, outlines best practices for eliminating waste and transitioning into a circular economy in the food and beverage industry. 

Read About the Circular Economy


6. Preparing for FSMA 204: The Proposed Rule for Food Traceability

Last month, the FDA released its final guidance for food traceability under FSMA section 204. The (now official) rule is the last component of the FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety, which takes a more proactive approach to preventing food recalls instead of responding to them. Tech-enabled traceability and efficient record-keeping are at the heart of FSMA 204. In this piece, Addie Schmidt, consultant, breaks down FSMA 204 and what companies need to know to achieve compliance.  

Read About FSMA 204


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