A few years ago, several meat alternative companies made headlines with one small change—placing their products alongside traditional meat counterparts in the meat section. A debate ensued that continues today—where should plant-based foods and beverages be located in-store?
As I look at the results of The Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2022 report, I see many of my professional role models throughout the food industry navigating a different type of obstacle course than my childhood idols. The food industry has had to navigate a wide range of challenges in the past year – ongoing pandemic, supply chain bottlenecks, labor shortages, inflation, global conflicts and more. Looking ahead the industry is expecting even more hurdles to navigate.