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What’s happening in the food industry?

Our August Horizons newsletter reports on the ventures of smashed avocados and flat whites into the US, farmers proactively handling climate change, and how artificial intelligence stands to hurt developing countries most.

  • Bluestone takes on Starbucks
  • It’s “Survivor” for food
  • Indonesia must diversify for security
  • Amazon looks to entrepreneurs
  • Farmers taking on climate change
  • AI to hurt developing countries more

What’s happening in the food industry?

Our July Horizons newsletter reports on the ventures of smashed avocados and flat whites into the US, farmers proactively handling climate change, and how artificial intelligence stands to hurt developing countries most.

  • Bluestone takes on Starbucks
  • It’s “Survivor” for food
  • Indonesia must diversify for security
  • Amazon looks to entrepreneurs
  • Farmers taking on climate change
  • AI to hurt developing countries more

What’s happening in the food industry?

Our June Horizons newsletter reports on the difficulties of water sharing when scarcity is king, expansion of meat-free meat across the globe and how blockchain may finally enable success for carbon farming.

  • Beyond Meat goes global
  • Impossible Burger draws fire
  • Water sharing gets tough
  • Kroger recruits UK firm in online fight
  • Making beef more climate-friendly
  • Blockchain and carbon farming

What’s happening in the food industry?

Our May Horizons newsletter reports on the struggles of the live export industry, community supported agriculture in Europe and the discovery of plastic-digesting enzymes.

  • Death knell for live trade?
  • Pret a Manger est attrapé
  • Weighing Brexit costs
  • Back to the future
  • Taking traceability further
  • Enzyme solutions

What’s happening in the food industry?

Our March Horizons newsletter reports on the current state of retail wars in Australia,  new technologies that keep food fresh and new, plastic-free supermarket aisles.

  • Price wars over?
  • Low carb vs low fat
  • Will ag be Trumped?
  • Craft innovation sparks hop revolution
  • Digging deep
  • Keepin’ it fresh

What’s happening in the food industry?

Our February Horizons newsletter reports on food trends in 2018, the comeback of a fast food giant and a brand new technology that can fuel the human body unlike anything seen before.

  • Food trends in 2018
  • Health warnings fall short
  • Freight pushes food import bill higher
  • The McDonald’s comeback
  • Maori sue government
  • Look out for talking toast

What’s happening in the food industry?

Our November Horizons newsletter reports on advances in precision agriculture, how China’s president is quickly becoming the most powerful world leader and how an Australian favourite is creating a divide among consumers.

  • Butter proves slippery
  • Health claims to be regulated – later
  • Are we done with democracy
  • Is this the end of the road for coops?
  • Swimming upstream
  • Robo crop

What’s happening in the food industry?

Our October Horizons newsletter reports on consumer fears  exacerbated by fake labelling, what consequences Brexit may have and speculates how hurricanes will impact food production in the future.

  • Latest MLA lamb-basting
  • Is sugar addictive yet?
  • Avoiding the populism pendulum
  • Food security is still a thing
  • Is convenience always king
  • Self-destruct bugs

What’s happening in the food industry?

Our September Horizons newsletter reports on events that affect shopping behaviour in grocery,  philantrophy as a business model for growth and water tax debacles in New Zealand.

  • Domino’s deflate
  • ‘What the Health’ debunked
  • Are water wars inevitable?
  • Walmart: slow food for fast people
  • Container farms
  • Watts into food

What’s happening in the food industry?

Our July Horizons newsletter delves into consumer trends which are more fragmented than ever, the fragility of our global food supply and what it takes to cut costs and reduce waste.

  • Murray Darling Basin plans under scrutiny
  • Inconvenience saps potential
  • Food chokepoints
  • Is Nestle exiting packaged food?
  • Does “Net Zero NZ” spell the end of dairy days?
  • Can agtech save Cali asparagus?

Freshagenda’s Horizons newsletter is a free monthly publication on Australian and international trends, innovation and other insights relevant to the Australian food markets.

Our Horizons newsletter describes Freshagenda’s megatrends, describing how tech and innovation is shaping the food industry around the world. Our megatrends are; Discerning consumers, volatile world, disruptive technologies, evolving value chain models and more from less.

What are megatrends?

Freshagenda identified a set of major megatrends affecting the future of food that combine to provide the key inputs to industry or enterprise strategic planning built on future scenarios.

In a paper outlining these megatrends, Freshagenda explains what they mean, how they are playing out, and how they fit together.  These forces might be nice to know, and great to stimulate thinking, but how do you harness them?

As shown in the process summarised below, understanding these forces, articulating how they are affecting your industry and business outcomes in future, and drawing insights from them to stretch future thinking, are a key component that can provide impetus and context to strategy development

 

Discerning consumers – A diverse set of influences

  • Increasing developing world affluence creating new consumers
  • New channels of influence on behavior and wants
  • More complex segments and preferences affecting value, ethics, health and indulgence
  • Competing demands driving greater needs for convenience
  • Aging demographics in developed world

 

Volatile world – Food markets are more complex and unpredictable

  • Climate change affecting stability of food supply
  • Food commodity markets more prone to price volatility and closely linked as intensification continues
  • Ad-hoc protectionism of farmers and consumers
  • Trade policy becoming more technical rather than fiscal
  • Geopolitical conflicts
  • Lingering economic and financial uncertainty post GFC
  • Resilience of traditional farming threatened by volatile returns

Disruptive technologies – Technologies rapidly reshaping life

  • Digital tools and platforms are changing engagement, behaviour and lifestyles
  • Advances in GE and GM know-how and applications
  • Advances in automation for production and processing
  • New substitutes (3D printing, synthetics)

Evolving value chain models – Redefining how to add and capture value

  • Shift in capital power
  • Risks being reassessed
  • Emerging preferences for capital investors
  • Emerging retail models
  • New forms of value chain integration

 

More from less – Limited resources and capacities

  • Growing populations – more mouths to feed over time from finite natural resources
  • Greater community concern for sustainable production systems
  • Sustainability agendas balancing “3Ps” changing value chain relationships
  • Policy unevenness and short-termism

 

 Horizons newsletter Freshagenda

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