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How Provenance is Driving the British Food and Drink Sector

How Provenance is Driving the British Food and Drink Sector
February 21
10:29 2017

By Jennifer Sillars, Food & Drink Marketing Executive, Ideagen

The UK food and drink sector is an economic success. The sector encompasses producers, raw material suppliers, processing, manufacturing, packaging, retail – an integrated and complete supply chain. Within such a diverse industry there is lots of scope for innovation and growth.

Product provenance is one opportunity that your company could make use of.

In England, Wales and Scotland food and drinks companies are forecasting healthy growth over the next five years. Scottish companies forecast a 24% growth in turnover in this timescale (1); companies in England and Wales predict growth of 19% on average (2). Certainly, enough to sustain the title of ‘the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK’.

The growing use of provenance as a marketing scheme has the added benefit of driving up demand for services throughout the food and drink supply chain. Products ‘locally sourced’, ‘made by’ and ‘made in’ Britain touch a lot of companies within the supply chain.

Who will benefit from this growth?

Almost half of these companies expecting growth in Great Britain are planning to increase their market penetration within the UK as a major avenue for growth. But provenance continues to be a source of opportunity.

In Scotland it is the SMEs that have been capitalising on the reputation of the country’s produce – 91% already make use of provenance to drive up consumer demand (3). Companies in England and Wales have so far been less active on this score, although 86% of respondents do believe there is a reputation to capitalise on.

Packaging and labelling companies in particular will benefit from more manufacturers and retailers increasing their messaging around product provenance. It’s likely many products on the shelves would also fit the locally grown, sourced or made requirements. A new run of packing will be required to highlight this to the consumer perusing the supermarket shelves.

As competition increases, companies will need to experiment with different eye-catching packaging options.

Jennifer Sillars, Food & Drink Marketing Executive, Ideagen.

Beat the challenge of proving provenance

There is a challenge in proving provenance in a credible way. If you sign up to a certification programme there is evidence that must be supplied. Regardless of whether you join a scheme or not, visibility throughout the supply chain is required. This often proves an administrative burden that SMEs, in particular, struggle with.

After all, an opportunity is only lucrative while the costs don’t cancel out the profits.

Where there is an administrative pain there is a software solution that can ease that pain. Making use of a quality management system is a cost-effective way to demonstrate provenance; especially if this QMS allows suppliers to upload relevant tractability documents directly in to your system. That’s one tip to take away – small but significant.

I am interested in how the food and drink sector is performing globally and how you are tackling the provenance opportunity.

You can join me for a further conversation on LinkedIn by visiting the Food Quality and Safety Information Exchange.

Or you can download Ideagen’s food safety white paper, ‘A Guide to Managing Food Safety Successfully’.

References

1 Bank of Scotland Research Report 2016 – Food and Drink https://business.bankofscotland.co.uk/business-resource-centre/economic-and-market-insight/food-and-drink-report/  Last accessed 8/12/16 //

2 Lloyds Banking Group – Food & Drink Research Report 2016 http://www.lloydsbankinggroup.com/globalassets/documents/media/press-releases/lloyds-bank/2016/lb-food-and-drink-report-2016.pdf  Last accessed 8/12/16 //

3 Bank of Scotland Research Report 2016 – Food and Drink https://business.bankofscotland.co.uk/business-resource-centre/economic-and-market-insight/food-and-drink-report/  Last accessed 8/12/16

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