Food & Drink Process & Packaging Issue 14 2017 - Page 76

Feeding the city: facing the logistical challenge The report Feeding London 2030 – Facing the logistical challenge is a landmark report published by the UK Warehousing Association. It looks at food and drink logistics in London and provides a wake-up call for policy makers, logistics practitioners, food businesses and many other stakehol- ders. ‘Business as usual’ is no longer sustainable. As our readers are aware, the mo- dern food industry is highly complex and global. Actors include food and drink producers, manufacturers and processors, food wholesalers and very vans and the emergence of dark wholesale markets, grocery retailers, stores conflict with the latest thinking hospitality and food service enterpri- on urban planning. ses, and logistics service providers. Andrew Morgan and the Global 78 researchers noted early on that London in fact consists of more than End-to-end supply chain awareness The continued growth of London’s and engagement are therefore es- hospitality and food service (HaFS) 300 neighbourhood clusters – a high sential. sector brings its own challenges. One street and its environs, a business is scale – while the grocery retail district, a transport hub, a shopping Food security is a matter of increasing sector has some 12,500 site locations international concern. Cities around within the M25, the catering sector the world are coping with changing has five times that number. Another lifestyles and eating patterns, diverse is location – food outlets in places cultures, rising population levels, that are ideal for consumers but diffi- stressed urban infrastructure, and the cult for deliveries. need to protect the natural environ- ment. The report builds awareness, knowle- mall or similar – and developed Ni- ne-Step Cluster Analysis as a result. Professor Alan Braithwaite of Cran- field University observed “UKWA has put feeding growing cities and food dge and understanding of the key logistics on the map with this report. Logistical challenges are many and facts, issues and directions needed The impacts of air quality and conges- complex. Competing supply chains for effective future scenario develo- tion are not going to go away without have been optimised in isolation. The pment and business planning. It will grocery retail sector is now facing is- help food manufacturers and proces- sues from the growth of convenience sors assess the current and future stores that logisticians had thought needs of their downstream partners and we must expect sweeping chan- were settled in the 1970s. Home deli- in grocery retail and in catering. ges in the next 10 years.” 76 FDPP - radical change. The report offers a methodology to unpack the challenge