GET TO KNOW: NICOLA JENKIN FROM PINPOINT SUSTAINABILITY
FoodNext wants to ensure that you meet industry leaders who have industry knowledge to share at the conference and because of that we are proud to welcome on board Founder & Managing Director of Pinpoint Sustainability, Nicola Jenkin.
She will be sharing her insights on our panel for our session which is sponsored by HULAMIN CONTAINERS: THE FUTURE OF PACKAGING IN A SUSTAINABLE ‘GREEN’ ECONOMY.
We asked Nicola a few questions in preparation for the conference and this is what she had to say:
FNA: What do you believe has been the key change in the F&B sector over the past five years?
NJ: The need for diversification and differentiation to meet a multitude of changing consumer demographics in South Africa.
FNA: Where do you see the three key challenges driving innovation in the industry over the next five years?
NJ: 1) Health and well-being and trying to introduce improved nutritional value into lower-value; high-volume consumed foods.
2) Answering to the diverse requirements of an ever-changing consumer-base e.g. use of digital platforms; answering to fads/issues such as ocean plastic; knowing where your food comes from; supporting local farmers.
3) Small-holder farmer access to market.
FNA: The F&B sector is undergoing huge change. What are the three tips you would give for success in the coming five years.
NJ: 1) From an innovation perspective, consider partnerships to access funding to assist with trials, prototypes and access to market.
2) To consider not just the bottom line – but also the long-term impacts of decisions on job creation and environmental issues such as access to water.
3) Financial constraints will also be an issue and will probably become more challenging – identify where you can add-value to your supply chain (e.g. selling by-product); identify supply chain leakage or waste or optimise your packaging to reduce transport or material costs.
FNA: Which type of people do you believe would gain the most form attending your session this year?
NJ: 1) Those considering how to respond to the current wave of criticism angled at single-use plastic? What will this mean to them?
2) Variables to consider when deciding to seek alternative ‘environmentally-friendly’ packaging.