Big changes are happening in virtually every aspect of our society. Technology and science seem to be having a greater impact on our lives than at any other time in history. Everything from communications to transportation are seeing major change. Now, the food industry is also undergoing some big changes.
Food incubators and accelerators are aiming to innovate every level of the food supply chain. Consumer demands are changing and have led to new paradigms in the food industry. More people are looking for fresh, local foods. Many small startup companies have recognized this and are ready to accommodate with new ideas in food delivery. But it’s not just the startups getting in on the action, well-established, forward-thinking food companies have seen the writing on the wall. Some of these larger companies have taken a position of support for the startups and the overall sustainable food movement.
Normally, startups and entrepreneurs that want to get into the food industry would find an array of problems and challenges to overcome. Experience, business proficiency, capital and extensive networks are things which are necessary for launching a successful business. These are the things that many startups and entrepreneurs lack. This is where the larger companies with their incubator and accelerator programs come into play. Offering thing such as money, training, connections and equipment to the right startups is seen as a win-win scenario to them.
According to experts and analysts, the timing is right for entrepreneurs who want to get into most areas of the food business including innovative delivery systems and agricultural technology.
Todays consumers are smarter and are aware of the health implications of the food they eat. More are choosing to eat fresher ingredients that are produced and prepared locally rather than at some far away processing plant or industrial grower. It is up to those with the big ideas, and the will to implement them to deliver.