Food Supply Chain Trends Driven by COVID-19

by Cameron Claborn, Amjad Awlad Thani, Kara Kugler-Wright, Guilber Sorto
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

This study is part of a series commissioned by Panni Management to explore the current and future trends in the supply chain industries. These studies have been conducted in partnership with leading research institutions and programs across North America to provide a broad view of the topics.

Executive Summary

The food supply chain has been significantly affected by the onset of Covid-19, and many companies have had to pivot to better position themselves to succeed during unprecedented times. Uncertain supply and demand caused by economic shutdowns worldwide have created problems for small to medium-sized food manufacturers, co-packers, and restaurants. The following trends presented in this paper, backed by primary research from a number of food companies around the United States, highlight the current state of the industry and provide insight into how technology can be leveraged to help alleviate industry problems emphasized by the onset of Covid-19.

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