Weekly News Scan – December 7th, 2020

Panasonic Explores How the Pandemic has Transformed Food Services and Food Retail Industries

According to Cision PR Newswire, “Panasonic Corporation of North America, a leading technology company, released its industry survey as to how the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed Food Services and Food Retail businesses.” A survey conducted in 2019 showed “more than half of Food Services and Food Retail executives believed that transformational technologies enabled them to attain a significant competitive advantage.”

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Coronavirus Makes Contactless Shopping the New Norm at Grocery Stores, Restaurants

Fox Business reports a recent study showed that “One hundred percent of survey respondents identified business agility as the key to success amid COVID-19.” More importantly, “71% of food services and food retail organizations said digital transformation is the most important key to business agility than anything else.”    

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Survey Finds People in U.S. Worry About Safety of Food During Transport

Food Safety News discusses the concerns people have about “the safety of fresh, perishable and frozen foods while they are transported to stores.” A study showed “nearly two out of three consumers agree better technology has a role to play in keeping food safe and more than half said better data is needed to track food safety practices from farm to table.”

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What Safety Measures Have Food Suppliers Implemented in Response to COVID-19?

News Medical Life Sciences explains a research study that “surveyed small to large food companies in 16 countries on food safety attributes and emergency plans. They found that less than half the food companies had documented putting emergency plans in place for pandemics and public health crises.” “The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed documents that provide guidance on supporting the food supply chain, addressing the needs of food companies and for national food safety systems.”

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