By partnering with the IFTF, DuPont said it aims to sharpen the ability to co-create innovation with customers and build on long-term forecasts 10 years and beyond.
Birgitte Borch, global marketing leader, Food & Beverage, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences said the foresight of IFTF will support stronger food brands.
“Short-term product development strategies are common in the food industry, where consumer demands constantly change. It’s not unusual that new food and beverage launches are a knee-jerk reaction to a trend that appears out of the blue,” Borch said.
“Along with IFTF, we will be looking into trend development beyond consumer behaviors and developing strategic foresight with scenarios that impact the food industry in the short term and long term, to help them get ahead of the markets. This will help our customers navigate in uncertain times and understand the impact on the value chain with a holistic view of the challenges and opportunities. Our work with IFTF will allow us to be prepared with the right solutions, ingredient technology and application concepts, and enable our customers to be more proactive in their product development strategies.”
IFTF maps market drivers and signals, providing long-term perspectives on change. All forecasts are based on a systematic review of social, technological, economic, environmental and political factors.
IFTF’s research anticipates four disruptive megatrends over the next decade in the food industry.
“Through our partnership with IFTF, we can better understand how these trends will evolve in the future,” Borch said.
“This is key to building and maintaining success in fast-moving markets and will increasingly be part of the conversations we have with food manufacturers.”