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SEIZING NEW OPPORTUNITIES
The good news, he said, is that these changes would
offer opportunities for forward-thinking producers
and companies in the global grain supply chain to succeed. Across the entire grain and oilseed supply chain,
there are impacts and implications that will require
business models to adapt and show increased flexibility, he said.
Because COVID-19 has accelerated the ongoing,
decreasing long-term demand trend for corn-based
ethanol, farmers will need to be more attuned to their
local market and find new crops to produce for regional
processors such as organic, non-GMO and gluten-free
grains as well as pulses for plant-based protein foods,
the report said.
The consensus among the Rabobank experts was the
food supply chain is going to get shorter.
"Producers will start controlling more of the supply
chain," Nicholson said. "They used to control production and that was about it, but now they control storage
and logistics; they act almost like any grain logistics
company except rail, vessel and barge. They can get it
to railheads, ports and even export facilities."
As for grain processors and grain-based foods manufacturers, changes regarding trade, views on globalization as well as food security all point to diminished export volumes and under-utilization of export facilities,
the report noted.
Nicholson said the grain and oilseeds supply chain
may change as players in the chain become more specialized and become stronger by emphasizing their
strengths.
"This may take many forms," he said. "If you have
a strong export network, you would focus on exports.
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Regional players would potentially focus on grain
origination and/or possibly develop their traceability
capabilities. In other words, more division of labor and
specialization along the supply chain makes it more
flexible and safer."
Nicholson noted that grain processors and grainbased foods manufacturers had developed efficient,
low-cost, mass production processes that were geared
to serve the ever-expanding foodservice industry.
"They produced at low cost for the consumer, but the
pandemic has poked holes in that (model) so they now
need to reevaluate that and think about how they can
become very nimble in altering that process to serve
the market," he said.
Changes in consumer eating habits is taking a severe
toll in the foodservice industry in the United States,
where it is estimated that up to 50% of restaurants will
permanently close, Nicholson said.
The report noted these changes have "made one
part of the processing/manufacturing chain less relevant, as grocery stores supply more food to consumers versus foodservice. This may result in more flexibility in manufacturing lines in order to accommodate
these changes."
The report concluded with this warning to the grain
and oilseeds sectors.
"The post-COVID-19 world is going to be different," the report said. "The volatility of and changes
in the grain and oilseed landscape will demand our
imagination, flexibility, and openness to new market	 possibilities."
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