April 27, 2022
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In the first quarter of 2022, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine added fresh disruptions to long-term supply chain problems. Between drought concerns and port blockades, global grain markets are set for an expensive year. Meanwhile, ongoing stewardship and sourcing goals continue to steer conversations. Highlights from the leading voices in food and agriculture production include:

  • Water drove discussions of stewardship practices, particularly around World Water Day.
  • Drought led concerns about weather ahead of planting season
  • Fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine upset international trade and drove up food prices.
Top Ten Topics Q1 2022

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Gearing Up for Global Challenges | Top Ten Topics – 2021 in Review

In a year when administrations changed in the United States, the food industry faced global problems. The causes and effects of climate change managed to compete with the pandemic for importance in 2021. Highlights from the leading voices in food and agriculture production include:

  • Policymakers and the private sector pursued stewardship practices to minimize food production’s impact on the planet.
  • Extreme weather events stymied crop growth and disrupted food distribution.
  • Vaccines prompted conversations about worker safety; meanwhile, worker shortages further complicated supply chain problems.
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Weathering Supply Changes | Top Ten Topics Q3 2021

This quarter, leading figures in the food production system discussed the most difficult challenges facing the industry — from weather patterns to supply chains. The United Nations Food Systems Summit served as a focal point, but is just the beginning of many conversations. Highlights from this report include:

  • Drought across the western United States stymied crops and forced farmers to reconsider water management.
  • Commentaries on protein production contrasted meat industry consolidation with alternative protein startup expansion.
  • Corporate, national and global policies juggled food security, climate change and the pandemic.
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Returning to Abnormal | Top Ten Topics Q2 2021

In a quarter marked by reevaluation of supply chains and sourcing, stewardship practices emerged as the leading topic of conversation among influential figures in food production. Highlights include:

  • On-farm stewardship practices drew interest from consumer-facing brands and policymakers alike.
  • Drought spread across the West, dimming outlook for the nation’s food supply.
  • A tight labor supply limited the ability for food companies to resume normal operations.
  • Increasing demand for protein brought chicken wing shortages and encouraged investment in meat alternatives.
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Top Ten Topics: First-Quarter 2020

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The first quarter of 2020 brought new beginnings for trade and food policy discussions, only to be disrupted by the coronavirus crisis. The effects of the pandemic upended food production in unprecedented ways. Download the executive summary for a look at how the Top Ten Topics changed, as well as analysis of “Coronavirus in 3 Charts.” The full report is also available upon request.

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Digging Deeper: Beyond the Top Ten Topics

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The Intel Distillery publishes quarterly reports on the Top Ten Topics discussed by leading voices in the food and beverage space — but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. This report looks at topics 11-20 to sample other important conversations that didn’t make the Top Ten cut.

Given our interconnected food system, this summary provides a deeper dive into issues affecting what we eat, how we eat it and where it originates.

  • Antibiotics topped this second tier as companies committed to reducing or eliminating antibiotic use in livestock in supply chains.
  • Organics continued to rise, but conversations about the label fell due to interest in competing movements.
  • Niche production drew investments from foodservice companies as states rolled out laws on housing for egg-laying hens.

Download our latest Focus Feature for more of the most-discussed topics in food and ag. This content comes from The Intel Distillery: your essential source for food industry analysis and intelligence.

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