Ireland’s Food & Beverage sector contributes to:
However, rising concerns on food supply and security on a global level, and uncertainties triggered by Brexit, have driven this sector into a state of unprecedented stress, giving rise to many socio-economic challenges:
The first is a shortage of skilled workers who also have the ability and desire to embrace the newer technologies.
The second is the slow pace of reinvestment in civil engineering projects which are core to the National Development Framework of Project Ireland 2040.
Third is the poor structure of the housing market in Ireland which is hampering both the industry and society.
Fourth, climate action and the rapid response necessary in this regard will require both housing and other infrastructural initiatives to deliver Ireland’s goals.
The leaders in the food sector in Ireland such as Kerry Group, Total Produce, Glanbia, and Dawn Meats Group have all begun Lean Transformation projects to ensure their organisations are better equipped to overcome the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead. These companies are taking control of their futures by recognising the need to evolve their business, analysing the people and processes within their organisation, and implementing tactical, powerful strategies to drive long-lasting results.
To thrive in this sector in the future, organisations will need to transform their businesses and in some cases completely rethink their place in a supply chain that has become, at times, adversarial but will, in the future, be led by those who collaborate openly.