Top 6 sector risks of concern to watch out
for, hand-picked by our Food and Beverage
experts and clients.
Learn how the food and beverage industry can protect and mitigate emerging risks with Lockton’s Food & Beverage Risk Watchlist. Throughout the report, our findings examine key
considerations and methods to safeguard risk exposures.
The top risks (each risk and response will vary by sub-sector), are:
Labour shortages – attracting and retaining talent.
Contract labour needs increasing – challenging availability and added costs.
Ongoing Covid-19-related absences.
Change in technology and re-skilling employees.
Ageing workforce and the need for next-gen workers.
The increasing cost of workers’ compensation insurance.
Worker-to-contract worker risk increasing and the insurance gap growing.
Supply chain risks:
Impact on operations from failure at any point in the supply chain.
Vulnerability of transport links.
Lack of space on cargo ships/shipping container shortages.
Semi-conductor production shortages – highlights global pinch exists upstream.
Availability of key equipment/machines – increased lead times/delay.
Reputation risk due to unchecked supplier/customer ESG failings.
Increasing costs of raw materials.
Equipment cost and longer lead time.
Financially vulnerable to customers/suppliers.
Energy costs pressure throughout the supply chain.
Spiralling labour expense adds to production cost – inability to pass all expenses onto customers.
Business interruption risks:
Loss of insurable profit following an insured property damage event.
Increased costs incurred post-loss to maintain supply or continue to service customers.
Loss of market share if businesses are unable to maintain an adequate supply.
Incorrect Indemnity Period – the time taken to get back to trading levels that exist at the time an insured loss occurs.
Climate change risks:
Increased energy costs.
Increased exposures to natural hazards such as floods and bushfires; including key supplier.
Base load supply concerns.
Net zero strategies and disruption.
Need for a well-considered ‘sense of purpose’ statement and ESG strategies.
Contaminated products caused by production errors, undeclared ingredients or foreign bodies.
Mis-labelling and packaging errors – absence of allergens and incorrect use-by dates.
Malicious tamper or threats to contaminate products.
ESG concerns, e.g., modern slavery.
Vulnerable ESG statements.
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