Formerly one-dimensional foodservice enterprises are expanding to new ventures in response to recent supply chain bottlenecks and commodity price volatility. Restaurants and grocery stores are expanding their operations to food production, processing, and distribution in order to mitigate reliance on a turbulent and disruptive global market.
A vast majority, if not all, of the food you have consumed in your life has been processed. Everything that is sold at a grocery store has been canned, waxed, frozen, dried, bottled, wrapped, baked, packaged, or in some way altered. Food processing is the set of methods used to transform fresh food items into retail food products and how they are stored, packaged, and delivered. It encompasses the vast range of procedures involved in turning grapes to bottles of wine, wheat kernels to pre-sliced loaves of bread, and live animals to the cuts of meat available for purchase.