As with most industries, the implications of Brexit are generating much discussion and conjecture among meat processors. It is still too early to predict what is likely to happen, but undoubtedly the sector is already experiencing intense competition, which has led to an even greater need to maximise productivity and efficiencies in the processing and packing operations. Nevertheless, this still has to be achieved while delivering consistent quality products – no one wants to suffer the high costs and loss of brand reputation of a recall.
The dairy sector is seeing plenty of new product development and line extensions as consumers demand both to eat more healthily and to be able to snack on-the-move, while still enjoying the occasional treat.
Notable recent examples include beet yoghurt, protein ice cream, curd cottage cheese with fruit, and Kefir, all contributing to a projected global growth in demand for dairy of 2.5% pa to 2020.
The frozen foods and ready meals sector is enjoying healthy growth. Manufacturers could look to their coding and marking equipment to ensure they are in good shape to grow with the sector.
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