The future of our food
On the occasion of ANUGA 2011, the largest Food & Beverage trade fair in the world, the Federal Association of German Retail Grocery Trade (BVL) and the fair trade in Cologne initiated a scenario project “Zukunft unserer Lebensmittel” (“Future of our food”) together with ScMI. A team of professionals dealt with future developments beyond the value-added chain of the food industry. Additionally, a closer look was taken into the factors that significantly affect the future of food. Seven different scenarios were determined which have different probabilities of occurrence depending on the development of the general conditions:
Development and risk pathways for food
With the help of the definitions and the emphasis on various key factors three expected development paths are described.
- Sustainability: The sustainability orientation of consumers will increase, meaning that social criteria as well as environmental and health aspects will play a greater role in the selection of products.
- Regionalization: desire for regional products will intensify.
- Convenience: there will be numerous new convenience products ensuring that the consumer can maintain their traditional eating behavior.
In addition to the three expected development paths, two risk paths can be identified. On the one hand the decrease of security and on the other hand global supply shortages. You can download the German reports here. For further information regarding the methodology used and if you are interested in scenario studies, please do not hesitate to contact us.