The Future of Foodservice – Disrupt, or be disrupted

Pages: 100 Published: November 08, 2021 Report Code: GDMR_0001

Cybersecurity, AI, ESG, Autonomous Vehicles. In a world where disruption has become part of the everyday of running a business, you will be no stranger to these mega themes. Companies looking to not only survive but thrive in an ever more dynamic Foodservice industry must capitalize on the opportunities of tomorrow, today. How? Invest in the right themes at the right time. In this expansive report, we delve into trends, companies, case studies and strategies to show you how to do just that.



This chapter takes an in-depth look at cybersecurity in the Foodservice space, presenting related technology, macroeconomic, regulatory, and consumer product trends. An industry analysis is included, highlighting the market size and M&A for this respective theme. We assess the impact of cybersecurity on Foodservice brands, outlining specific case studies, assessing how individual companies from the value chain are focused on cybersecurity, and presenting key recommendations for Foodservice firms looking to implement cybersecurity.

Artificial Intelligence

This chapter explains AI’s numerous technologies, analyzes sector-specific applications, and provides an in-depth understanding of how AI is disrupting the Foodservice industry. As well as providing essential insights for vendors and other industry stakeholders, we enable Foodservice companies to identify how they compare to competitors in AI adoption, the areas of their business most in need of AI, the specific services that will help and the strategic partners needed to make their vision a reality.


This chapter utilizes GlobalData’s proprietary ESG framework to identify 12 main areas of ESG, contributing factors to these areas, and mitigating actions that companies can take to excel in ESG. We highlight the tech, macro, and industry trends impacting the ESG theme in Foodservice over the next 12 to 24 months.

Autonomous Vehicles

This chapter focuses on autonomous vehicles (AVs) – one of the four disruptive megatrends currently impacting the Automotive industry – and the part they play in the Foodservice industry. The emergence of autonomous vehicles is intertwined with consumer demand in Foodservice. As vehicles become more connected and autonomous, companies have been focusing on providing end-user solutions through their supply chains and foodservice delivery. Autonomous and connected cars align closely to consumer demand in digitalization and alternative lifestyles.

Reasons to Buy


Understand the impact of cybersecurity on Foodservice, examining key trends, examples, and theme adoption tactics.

Discover key recommendations on how to utilize and invest in cybersecurity to safeguard Foodservice businesses.

Artificial Intelligence

Prioritize investments in the areas of AI that will deliver the best results for your business. Access recommendations on the parts of the value chain you should focus on and the parts you can confidently ignore.

Support your internal business case for investment in AI by including an independent view of how you rank against competitors in this area, examples of competitors who have made these investments, and case studies of successful relationships in Foodservice.

Quantify the global sales opportunity for AI services to the Foodservice industry by accessing GlobalData’s market size and forecasts (2019-2024).


Position yourself for the future and create a holistic ESG strategy using GlobalData’s ESG framework. Assess sustainability policies, performance, and progress measures. Identify and mitigate risk factors and pursue actions to improve ESG performance.

Uncover the Foodservice companies excelling in ESG operations with GlobalData’s thematic scorecard. Understand competitor activity and positioning in the ESG theme with extensive coverage of leading companies’ activity.

Use trends to identify key technology and macro issues affecting and shaping the ESG theme, such as using computer vision to reduce food waste.

Identify the key challenges to Foodservice companies across environment, social, and governance factors, with company examples of mitigating actions and malpractice.

Understand the ESG action feedback loop, a market mechanism that drives reputational and competitive advantage, incentivizing further action, and drawing more participation.

Autonomous Vehicles

Delve into the impact that autonomous vehicles are having in the Foodservice space.

Gain insight into the latest AV trends and leading companies in the theme.

Identify emerging technologies to help better position your company.

Discover how rapidly enforced changes over the past year will influence consumer reactions.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Cybersecurity in Foodservice

Executive summary

Cybersecurity value chain

Foodservice challenges

The impact of cybersecurity on foodservice

Case studies

Market size and growth forecasts

Cybersecurity timeline


Chapter 2 – Artificial Intelligence in Foodservice

Executive summary

AI value chain

Foodservice challenges

The impact of AI on foodservice

Case studies

Market size and growth forecasts

Mergers and acquisitions

AI timeline


Sector scorecard

Chapter 3 – ESG in Foodservice

Executive summary

GlobalData’s ESG framework


The ESG action feedback loop

ESG challenges in foodservice

Case studies

ESG timeline


Sector scorecard

Chapter 4 – Autonomous Vehicles in Foodservice

Executive summary


Reality check for autonomous vehicles

Technology briefing


Industry analysis

Value chain



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