The growing trend for digitalisation creates new opportunities in food safety, traceability, productivity and sustainable resource management for the supply chain and consumers. However, these digital processes must be more closely integrated within the food supply chain if we are to fully exploit their enormous potential. This is the conclusion drawn at the first event held within the new DLG Food Industry platform that was launched by DLG under the adage "Digital Transformation of the Food Supply Chain” in Berlin on 3 and 4 December 2019. The Future Forum was opened by German Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture and patron of the event Julia Klöckner. More than 100 representatives from commerce, production, research and IT attended the successful inaugural event.
According to Prof Dr Katharina Riehn, Chair of the DLG Competence Center Food, digital processes must be more closely integrated along the entire supply chain if the opportunities presented by digitalisation are to be effectively and commercially exploited. Only then can the numerous future challenges be overcome – chief of which is how to feed a continuously rising global population. "This is why we need to increase the use of new technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) or block chain", stressed Christian Schultze-Wolters of IBM Deutschland, the main sponsor of DLG Food Industry.
Start-up pitches and award ceremony
The DLG Innovation Spotlight award will again be presented to innovative start-ups in the Food and FoodTec sectors at the 2020 DLG Food Industry – Digital Transformation of the Food Supply Chain event. You can find applications forms and further information here.
Save the Date 2020
In 2020 Future Forum will return to highlight the risks and opportunities presented by the digital transformation of the food supply chain. The conceptual, procedural and organisational challenges presented by the digital future will be on the 2020 agenda. The start-up pitches for the 2020 DLG Innovation Spotlight awards are designed to bring a breath of fresh air into the industry.
For more information, please send an email to Food-Industry@DLG.org.
Conference programme coming soon.