Business owners across the globe will reflect on 2020 as a time they were forced to think outside the box and adapt in ways that supported their own recovery as well as reinvigorating their sector as a whole.
Whilst the hospitality industry suffered the effects of the pandemic catastrophically, retail enjoyed a buoyant period as supermarkets worked overtime to feed a nation in crisis. But their initial success was not sustained. As experts continue to deliberate the impact that Covid-19 has had on different sectors, it transpires that contrary to initial assessments retailer supply chain has been one of the hardest hit areas.
- The supply of raw materials slowed to a standstill during lockdown. Reduced supply led to a surge in prices.
- The result of production being on hold for weeks affected sales and cashflow for food manufacturers, while fixed costs remained high.
- Labour shortage was a major issue during lockdown creating havoc from production to delivery.
- The fall in the nation’s spending is continuing to ravage manufacturers, even as lockdown eases.
In uncertain times, innovation may be the only thing that will save small to medium-sized businesses working hard to find their feet in the unprecedented chaos that Covid-19 has inflicted on the world’s economy.
At Quattro Foods we have been manufacturing food for customers for over a decade. The changing landscape of 2020 has compelled businesses in every sector to adapt in considered and strategic ways. At Quattro we are enhancing our B2B offerings by supplying other food manufacturers who in turn supply supermarkets. We believe that working closely with retail suppliers will pave the way for expansion, growth and survival – for our customers and for us.
Working together with retail suppliers we hope to improve our mutual processes and to re-invigorate our once-thriving sector.
Together we are placing a strong focus on what we can achieve when we cover the whole process between us. We produce high quality food products that our retail suppliers use as components for their most popular products.
Our bespoke products include pasta fillings, which are used in ravioli and tortellini, and risotto, designed to be made into arancini and various sauces which accompany protein and pasta in retail whole meal solutions.
As the ailing manufacturing sector struggles to find its feet, Quattro Foods is committed to maintaining the highest standards of food manufacturing and distribution across the UK and Europe. Our soups, sauces, dressings, vegan ranges, stews and world foods have been satisfying customers for over 10 years and we will continue to adapt to support retail suppliers.
Restaurants are selling more of their products in a retail format, which are growing in popularity as people are choosing to eat at home and sales for ready-made ‘restaurant-style’ products are increasing. What’s next? Who knows? But we will continue feeding the nation, in every way we can.