Should a Company's Lack of Technology be a Deal Breaker?

You applied for a position you dreamed of, and guess what? You got it! 

Then you realise the company's processes are stuck in the dark ages. How important is a company’s technology investment when choosing a company to work for? 

When you’re looking for a job, a job posting pops up, and the first thing you do is check the salary, then the commute time and the benefits offered. Makes sense, right? 

But do you ever look at the company you are applying for? (Read this to see why you should). Looking into a company’s processes, the technology they use, and its values are not top of mind when applying for a job as a food and beverage worker. 

But what if your future career is at risk because you may miss out on the opportunity to learn new digital skills to equip you for your future career? 

The Importance of technology in food and beverage production

In a recent survey, “90% of surveyed F&B manufacturers in Ontario indicate that they intend to pursue further automation and robotics technology within the next three years.”

Food production technology is becoming a key trend due to its efficiency and also due to growing concerns for more economically friendly manufacturing processes. According to MRO Magazine: “By investing in technology, the industry could become more agile, traceable, and transparent while growing capacity and ensuring our food supply chain remains strong, safe, sustainable, and competitive in the world market.” It sounds like a no-brainer to futureproof the food and beverage manufacturing industry for the future. 

Food Production Technology

So it's either jump on board or get left behind. 

The use of innovative technologies, such as automation, A.I., and the Internet of Things are being used nationwide to improve products and processes within the manufacturing sector to ensure food and beverage processing workers get to focus on higher-valued tasks and less menial work. This can improve the quality of your work and increase your skill set for the digital world. 

Not convinced? Here are 3 ways technology makes your life as a food and production worker easier. 

1. Increase Visibility Across The Supply Chain

Digital technology can integrate various equipment and systems to make managing your supply chain simpler, easier, and more trackable. It also helps automate SOPs, streamline traceability, and track the entire supply chain more simply. Food production technology is revolutionalising the supply chain through optimizing the use of energy and raw materials to automating processes. 

Supply chain managers at food and beverage processing companies are expected to have strong analytical and statistical capabilities, but data analytics and software knowledge is now becoming commonplace as a prerequisite. 

2. Enhanced Quality Assurance 

Data is crucial in quality assurance; with smart technology, you can track all sorts of data in real-time to detect any deviations in operations. Saving you hours of admin time and allowing you to do your job better. Data analytics technology can help you quickly troubleshoot issues and maintain the precise process control needed to meet quality standards. 

3. Flexible Product Development 

Imagine being able to try new recipes without control systems that are based on PLCs and batch systems with limited flexibility. Technology makes this possible. Finally, we are seeing innovation and quality assurance coming together. 

We recently read about the first A.I. beer, Carlsberg’s Beer invested in a project where they evaluated which yeast would be suitable for large production and meet consumer taste profiles using sensors and the datasets they recorded, without any human taste tests! Technology is changing their entire R&D approach in the food and beverage manufacturing industry. 

So simply, the truth is yes, it's worthwhile seeing what technology the company you are applying for is investing in. And that's where QTalent comes in!

QTalent is a unique job search platform for highly-skilled technical professionals in the food and beverage manufacturing industry. QTalent matches your profile to the most desirable positions for you based on commonplace queries like salary, location, and job title but also matches you to the right company based on company culture, values, and benefits.  So you can ensure you are getting in bed with a company that will grow your career in the future. 

The platform will allow you to send personalised job alerts, and notifications will let you alert HR managers when you’re interested in future roles. So if you are looking for a one-stop shop (without having to update your resume countless times), sign up to QTalent and get a personalised, comprehensive profile today.

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Romy Zwiers

Author

Romy Zwiers is a journalist and marketing professional with 16 years of experience working across industries with a keen focus on the beverage and food industry, having worked with companies like KFC, Nandos, Cadbury and Coca-Cola.

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