Food Systems

Driving sustainable performance across the food & drink sector.
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The State of Food Systems

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Agriculture and food production have suffered a pandemic-induced shock in 2020 that threatened global food security. On the demand side, shifts in consumer purchasing habits have placed increasing pressures on the hospitality and retailer sectors ‘just in time’ supply chains and logistics.

On the supply side, excessive labour shortages have continued to impact farmers and manufacturers’ ability to maintain productivity to provide healthy, nutritious food to the world’s growing population whilst reducing waste. Not to mention that agriculture alone accounts for 11% of the world’s GHG footprint and 85% of global freshwater consumption. Organisations in the food and agricultural sustainability space have a role to play in preventing a 2 degree global warming scenario among other social and environmental issues.

Where there are challenges there are also opportunities.  

To build a more resilient food system organisations within agriculture, food manufacturing and retail must work to develop new technology-enabled mechanisms to:

  • Revalue and regenerate agriculture – supporting water resilience, soil health, reforestation, biodiversity and farmers livelihoods
  • Rebuild resilient supply chains
  • Incentivise the adoption of creative and transformative solutions in food production

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Anthesis have been collaborating with Tesco for the last few years. Among a range of projects, Anthesis have supported and facilitated the Supplier Network Platform, which promotes communication and stimulates discussion and knowledge sharing between Tesco and our suppliers.


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Reckitt Benckiser

Anthesis has been instrumental in helping to evolve our strategic sustainability thinking working with all stakeholders through the process and supporting our positive impact ambition.


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