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Survey on the future of the food and beverage industry

29 June 2018

The food and beverage industry is one of the global growth industries, yet it is facing major challenges. With its latest global survey, CSB-System AG aims to determine what role digitalization plays in this situation. 

How do businesses in the food industry deal with digitalization? How important is information technology for competitiveness? What will the food industry look like 20 years from now? CSB-System AG as the industry specialist for the food and beverage industry is establishing again its annual survey on the status and future of the industry. It focuses on the influence of IT and on the challenges and opportunities of the digital transformation.  

The study is also intended to provide insights into whether decision-makers expect a structural change of the industry in the next 20 years. Based on various scenarios, respondents give their view on the future development of Industry 4.0, offline and online shopping, individualization of food and food-specific platforms. 

Decision-makers of the food and beverage industry around the world are interviewed. The survey has been established in cooperation with the university Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln and is supported by renowned media partners like Food Processing (UK), Lebensmitteltechnik (Germany), Tecnifood (Spain) and ProdIndustry (Russia).  

The survey, conducted for the first time in 2017, is meant to provide great insights over time. Completing the survey is quick and easy: It will take only about eight minutes for 20 questions. As a thank-you, survey participants will receive the full report with all the details.

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