Clash or compromise: Can consumer demands and responsible food ever match?
By Niamh Michail
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Consumer demand is both powerful and persuasive and so companies need to be reactive if they are to survive. But if the demand for healthy, clean label food means a risk to food safety, more food waste or a bigger carbon and water footprint, should companies listen?
The panellists debated the complexity and challenges food companies experience when well-intentioned consumer demands are in direct conflict with their eco-friendly, healthy, and sustainable intent.
The four panellists were Nadia Berenstein, journalist and historian; Laura MacCleery, policy director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI); John O’Brien, professor and former chief executive officer of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland; and Mehmood Kahn, MD, vice chairman and chief scientific officer at PepsiCo.