If the word for 2020 in food safety was adaptation, the word for 2021 will be resilience. COVID-19 will continue to challenge food and beverage manufacturers, and resilience will be needed to address those challenges successfully.
The food industry in 2020 proved that quick and successful adaptation could happen with its response to the coronavirus pandemic, though not without challenges.
COVID-19 quickly became the largest public health crisis in the past 100 years. Companies learned they did not have enough information, and what information they did have was rapidly evolving. Food firms had to be open to change.