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Future of Food Chains

Edward Bavister • 15/06/2023


The world we live in is changing at a rapid pace, with global communities facing a climate emergency, a cost-of-living crisis, and a rapidly growing burden on the health sector. Food is at the forefront of these challenges, and directly related or attributable to all. Food chains are one of the most complex supply chain types, handling vast variety of products all with varying characteristics sell by dates, and safety regulations, and volatile demand profiles owed to restless and evolving consumer preferences. Real estate plays a critical role in facilitating structural changes in food chains, and through this report we hope to educate, challenge and broaden the thinking of decision makers within the real estate sector.

The report analyses the following: 

  • The shifts in our diets
  • Evolution of supply chains and cold chain storage
  • The future role of the supermarket
  • Growth of vertical and urban farming
  • Food related take up within the prime logistics & industrial sector
  • Retail repositioning
  • Food investment rates
Future of Food Chains looks at how the climate emergency, and cost of living crisis are likely to drive an evolution in the way we consume food – and our real estate. The report looks at the changes we will see as a result of sustainability, shifts in the way we produce our food, supply and storage, and where we buy our food from. 
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To mark the launch of our Future of Food Chains campaign, we hosted a client event at Mission Kitchen in New Covent Garden Market, London. Watch the highlights video below.

If you would like to watch the event in full, please click here External Link.

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At Cushman & Wakefield, we have invested significantly in understanding the food sector and developing sector specific expertise. Whether you would simply like to better understand the role of real estate within our diets or have specific real estate requirements we are confident that we can offer a range of specific and tailored advice across the food chain.

For occupiers, this means a comprehensive understanding of what you need from your real estate and how we can ease pain points through real estate. For developers and landlords this means a strategic advantage in understanding what food occupiers want. And for investors that means a thorough understanding of what truly drives real estate value.

Please get in touch with any of the team via the contacts below.

Key Contacts

Timothy Stuart Crighton - London
Tim Crighton

International Partner
London, United Kingdom

+44 (0) 7740 424 792

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Richard Evans (London, UK)
Richard Evans

Head of Logistics and Industrial, UK
London, United Kingdom

+44 (20) 71525132

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Dominic Bouvet - London
Dominic Bouvet

Head of Retail, UK
London, United Kingdom

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