October 27, 2022
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Withering Weather | Top Ten Topics Q3 2022

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Highlights from this report on the top conversations in food, beverage and agriculture include:

  • Views on the intertwined topics of extreme weather, climate change and farm stewardship practices.
  • Policy efforts to ensure food safety, reduce hunger, and boost nutrition and health.
  • Ongoing supply chain innovation in niche and international markets.
Top Ten Topics Q3 2022

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Overlapping Crises | Top Ten Topics Q2 2022

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In the second quarter, intertwined topics rose to the top of conversations among the leading voices in food, beverage and agriculture production:

  • Ongoing effects of the pandemic resurfaced as concerns about workforce strains, food insecurity and protein prices continued.
  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine disrupted international trade, limiting options for fertilizer and meeting global food demand.
  • Long-term plans manifested in the trifecta of stewardship, weather and climate change.
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War and Price | Top Ten Topics Q1 2022

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

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  • 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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It’s Been a Long 12 Months | Top Ten Topics Q1 2021

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The COVID Shuffle | Top Ten Topics of 2020

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In a turbulent year, influential voices shifted discussion to previously quiet topics, including workforce, hunger and niche production practices. Meanwhile, several trends continued in spite of the pandemic. Notably, consumer-facing brands continued to partner with producers on stewardship goals and protein remains the hot topic in diet and nutrition.

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