Agro sector: too many stale products

Author: Marek Szymański
Agro sector: too many stale products

WTW Agency recently published a report on risks to food supply chains entitled 2023 Food, Beverage and Agriculture Supply Chain Risk Report. 100 transport and logistics managers from all continents identified trends and key risks to supply continuity in the agro sector.

Delivery automation, technological solutions and the digitalisation of distribution networks are among the most important challenges facing supply networks. Managers are paying particular attention to the implementation of solutions that enable real-time tracking of shipments.

The latter is particularly important for the delivery of fresh produce, where transport time and temperature play a key role. The problem of maintaining product quality, moreover, applies to the entire delivery network, not only to temperature-controlled products. According to the report cited above, as much as 25-30% of food is not fit for consumption after travelling from the farm to the retail shop. – Feeding the big cities remains a huge challenge. High-quality fresh produce is highly valued, but difficult to produce and transport over long distances, confirms prof. Woody Maijers of Inholland University of Applied Science. 

Technological solutions and more efficient transport serve the overarching goal of achieving climate neutrality and sustainability. Companies in the agro sector are increasingly investing in renewable energy sources. Such as the Polish company PUH Chemirol, for example. – Photovoltaics is the future and it is difficult to remain indifferent to new development opportunities. A measurable effect of investing in renewable energy sources is a significant reduction in the cost of purchasing electricity, explains Patryk Podołowski, vice-president of PUH Chemirol. This leading distributor of products for agriculture as well as cereals and rape in Poland, installed photovoltaic panels in 33 warehouses and other company facilities last year.