Food and Beverage supply chains serve local markets. Regional taste buds drive localized assortment. While many are attempting to be global, they have strong regional governance drivers. As a result, growth agendas have driven an increase in items by 32% since 2010. Product complexity grew faster than growth. Average sales per item dropped 22% . This increase in complexity lengthened the long tail of the supply chain affecting both cost and inventory.
We hope this report can be a guide to help companies understand what is possible to determine more accurate set points, and understand the relationship between supply chain metric performance and value.
As will be seen, in the Food and Beverage industries we find most companies to be stuck on the critical metrics that drive value. They have either regressed in supply chain performance or they are at the same point they were a decade ago. For many supply chain leaders who attend conferences this may seem unfathomable. There is an industry belief that companies have implemented new technologies, and evolved processes, and driven improved balance sheet results. As will be shown in this report, this is not true.
The analysis also demonstrates the importance of outside-in supply chain excellence programs. Who does the best? Hershey outperforms within the Food group and makes the Supply Chains to Admire list for 2016; and while AB/InBev drives the strongest performance in the Beverage category, it is not sufficient to make the list. The goal of this report is to enable benchmarking and to spark a new conversation on value in the definition of supply chain excellence.