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Topic: Culture

5 Culture Trends for Food & Beverage Companies in 2021

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In 2020 the world changed dramatically. As food and beverage companies enter 2021, what workplace transformations will the new year bring? Check out our 5 Culture Trends for food and beverage organisations in 2021 and see how you can be prepared to help your employees thrive, no matter what new challenges may come their way.

Culture Trend #1: Emerging from crisis, companies focus on culture.


Workplace culture is in flux. Across the various channels of the food and beverage industry, the impact of the pandemic played out in different ways. Grocers faced the challenge of limiting potential virus exposure for workers and shoppers. Distributors felt the impact of restaurant and hotel closures. At the other end of the supply chain, food and beverage processors were required to put new safety practices in place during production.

Overcoming the shock of the pandemic and rebuilding trust with employees is the top priority for food and beverage industry management, according to industry experts. To create a stronger culture, many food and beverage companies – especially those with high turnover – are making learning and development a priority. Preparing employees for job tasks and supporting them is a powerful way to improve employee satisfaction and boost engagement.

A SHRM study found two out of three companies reported keeping employee morale up to be difficult during the pandemic, and one-third said maintaining company culture was a challenge.

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