The food and beverage distribution industry has been in turmoil for the past few years. Mass consolidation at every level has made for a tougher market, with challenges on seemingly every front.
Understanding and Meeting Demand
Perhaps one of the largest issues faced in the food distribution industry is that of supply and demand. Food and beverage trends seem to change more frequently than the weather. Consumer tastes, preferences, and interests can truly change on a dime. Avocado toast is out, kale is in. One day, consumers might be craving high-protein fare, another day it might be on-the-go nutritional snacks.
This issue, combined with potential surpluses or shortages from suppliers, is causing many food and beverage distributors to fall behind as major transformations take place in the industry. Additionally, incomplete or inaccurate demand projections can spell disaster for a distributor. Companies need detailed reports that show exactly where demand is coming from, as well as demand data that is easily accessible across the organization. These detailed reports will enable supply chain partners, owners, and managers to make quicker, smarter decisions.