Global Pressures in the Fresh Produce Sector

The Fresh Produce sector is facing challenging times, with reducing prices, increasing costs, scarcer resources and increased legislation. In some countries, crops remain unpicked driving the larger growers to think of ‘upping sticks’ and relocating… not just to the next state but sometimes the next continent. Pepper growers in Texas are moving production to Mexico. Strawberry growers in Europe are relocating to China. Never has there been so much pressure to change. ‘Doing what you always do’ really isn’t an option any longer.

This paper will just scratch the surface of this growing universal problem by highlighting some of the issues Fresh Produce companies are facing. Technology and automation is sometimes the answer.

ERP (integrated business software that unifies the whole company) can also be part of the solution, and where this seems to be the case, we have highlighted the benefits.