IOFI Membership coming together to help communities and ensure an uninterrupted food supply during the COVID-19 outbreak
May 28, 2020
The novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is changing the world as we know it. It has put an incredible pressure on everyone, with people’s health and wellbeing at the forefront of this crisis.
As a crucial sector of the global food
chain, the flavor industry has made it possible for consumers to have
uninterrupted access to food throughout this pandemic. Whilst spending
more time at home, consumers are still seeking convenient food products
that are both nutritious and delicious. In response, IOFI members have
been ramping up their production of most popular flavors, to ensure we
can all enjoy our favorite food now that we most need comfort.
The past weeks have demonstrated: only
together can we succeed in overcoming this crisis. At IOFI, we believe
our global membership is well prepared. Safeguarding the well-being of
essential workers across the entire value chain and supplying our
customers in the best possible way are the utmost priority for us.
To get through this unprecedented health
crisis, the flavor industry has undertaken a wide range of measures and
initiatives to support communities in need, whilst ensuring safety of
their employees and the security of the global food supply, often
pivoting their business models to adapt to the new reality.
As many of us work from home, the flavor
facility employees show up every day to ensure continuity in the
essential global food supply chain. To protect their employees in these
challenging conditions, our members have been consistently applying good
practice on social distancing, providing protective equipment, and
encouraging remote working wherever possible.
Disinfectants are key in the fight
against COVID-19. They are vital to stopping the spread of infection in
hospitals, homes, and public places such as grocery stores. To meet the
increased global demand for hand sanitizers, IOFI members have been
converting their flavor facilities to supply these essential products
where they are most needed. Tons of disinfectants are produced globally
every week in our members’ facilities, which are donated to hospitals,
authorities, and local hot spots. -
In a time where regular business
processes cannot come to our rescue, the human to human approach is what
brings most value. To support communities most affected by the
outbreak, our members have devoted both time and money to help most
affected communities: food banks, healthcare workers and various
organizations including the WHO and other regional organizations
involved in the ongoing crisis. -
These examples are just few of the many
across the globe, where our members continue to put aside normal
business to business processes to help combat the corona virus outbreak.
This is because we understand that at the forefront of Covid-19
pandemic are our customers working tirelessly to provide end-users with
the steady supply of food and disinfectants required to combat the
corona virus. Keeping essential ingredients in production is the best
way that the flavor industry can help safeguarding access to quality
nutrition to consumers in every corner of the world.