Rabobank's expertise in Consumer Foods is as diverse as our global client base in confectionery, bakery, frozen food manufacturing, chilled food manufacturing, ambient food manufacturing, biscuits, breakfast cereals and snacks.
The Economics of Food Delivery
During the current pandemic, ordering food for consumption at home has taken off beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. However, the delivery platforms through which consumers order food (still) do not make money. In this episode of Consumer Foods-to-Go, Maria Castroviejo and Cyrille Filott question Marjolein Hanssen on how the economics of these platforms work and what she expects platforms to do in the next few years in terms of scale, IT, and data monetization.
Plastic Fantastic Revisited – Has the View Toward Plastic Changed?
In early 2019, we recorded a podcast on the role of plastic packaging in food with supply chains strategist Susan Hansen. Since then, the world has changed because of Covid-19, and, as Susan says in the podcast, it has been a very interesting time for plastics. The use of plastics in retail has increased, and consumers' attitudes toward plastic have changed due to fears of contamination. In this episode of Consumer Foods-to-Go, Maria Castroviejo and Cyrille Filott discuss with Susan the impact of Covid-19 on the use of plastic and if the future role of plastic packaging in food has changed.
Ghost Kitchens in India and Southeast Asia Explained
In the last few years, a lot of money has flowed into ghost kitchens across the globe. Interestingly, India and Southeast Asia have been leading the charge, with, for example, the number of ghost kitchens in India growing from 200 to 1,500 in 2019. In this episode, Cyrille Filott and Maria Castroviejo quiz Rabobank’s Umesh Madhavan on the growth of ghost kitchens. They talk about the flexibility of the model and how companies operate to find growth quickly. However, margins could be under pressure for the foodservice industry as a whole, and companies that have huge scale may be the winners.
Consumer Foods to Go: Unpacking the European Green Deal
In May, the European Green Deal’s ‘Farm to Fork Strategy’ was announced. Among other things, the deal in general strives for a climate-neutral Europe by 2050. The farm-to-fork part is much more specific, spelling out the use of antibiotics and nutrients in farming, along with nutrition on the consumer level. So high time for Maria Castroviejo and Cyrille Filott to roll up their sleeves and engage in a lively discussion with analysts Harry Smit and Stefan van Merrienboer. What exactly are the specifics of the strategy? And just what does this all mean for the consumer foods sector?
Private Label: Past, Present, and Future – In Memory of PLMA President Brian Sharoff
At the end of May, news reached us that Brian Sharoff, president of the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA), had sadly passed away. Brian led the PLMA for almost 40 years – and as loyal listeners might recall, we interviewed him for our ‘PLMA Live’ episode, which we launched after the 2019 Amsterdam PLMA show. For this new episode, in memory of Brian, Maria Castroviejo and Cyrille Filott interview Rabobank analyst Sebastiaan Schreijen on the past, present, and future of private label in food. At the end of the episode, we revisit the piece we recorded with Brian last year.
Post-Corona Musings Part III: Nutrition
As loyal listeners to the podcast know, we have spent a lot of time thinking through what might change in food as a result of the corona crisis. The previous episode was dedicated to purpose-lead business. This episode is dedicated to Nutrition. Maria Castroviejo and Cyrille Filott invited Nard Clabbers of TNO to discuss the future of nutrition. Nard Clabbers is one of the leading authorities in the field of personalized nutrition. He discusses recent developments in personalized nutrition, and he shares his views on how Covid-19 might impact consumer choices and perspectives regarding food.