Switching From Global to Local Food Supply Chains


By Victoria Campisi, The Food Instititute

Jun 25, 2020


Food manufacturers are pivoting away from globalized supply chains, Goldbeck Recruiting found.


Sixty-five percent of those in the U.S., along with 82% in Canada, said they're more likely to purchase locally sourced or produced goods.


“Food producers have been through a lot over the past few months because of COVID-19 and they’re taking a closer look at export markets in the Americas," said Goldbeck Recruiting president Henry Goldbeck. "Through our network, we’re seeing food manufacturers pivot from globalized supply chains to what we’ve been calling around our office ‘post-pandemic continentalization.’"


Vegetables was the most important to buyers seeking local goods, followed by poultry and meat, fruit, and the least important were dairy, seafood, and grains. The data also found that only 23% of Canadian producers are concerned with reduced product variety and only 38% of Americans are concerned.


Particularly during the pandemic, interest in the local food system has increased, reported Agrinews (June 19). “People are looking for reliable local food, shorter supply chains, and literally fewer people touching the food as it goes through the supply chains,” said Liz Moran Stelk, Illinois Stewardship Alliance executive director.


“The good news is farmers have said they’ve been selling out of (community supported agriculture) shares and especially local meat producers who sell direct have been selling boatloads of meat," she added.


The pandemic also provided opportunity for startups that are reimagining how and where food is grown, reported Geek Wire (June 20).


Revolution Agriculture will soon launch a direct-to-consumer grocery delivery business in Tacoma, WA, that sells produce grown in backyards and on other surplus land in the community. The company plans to partner with grocery delivery services including Instacart and Postmates to distribute its produce to customers...