03 Dec The reasons to invest on automated warehouses in food industry
Italian agrifood sector is the ultimate economic engine of the country and the essential driving force of gross domestic product. Food industry’s trust in automation helped to achieve these results. If you are looking for concrete evidence, please notice that growth rates in the food sector have increased by 75,7%, while Italian industry has increased by 24%. The ever-increasing growth rates lead to successful results for agrifood sector, which in 2017 reached an increase of 6,3%. This marked increase in revenues is a reflection of the exponential growth of production, stocking and the key element of food sector, which is logistics. Automation in food industry is a cornerstone of the companies’ ability to keep up with the high-growth international demand, along with farsighted company policies.
Future oriented investments in automation in food industry
Barilla’s newly opened automated warehouse is the tangible proof, that one of the main actors in this branch has understood the importance of investing in food industry machinery and equipment and stocking logistics, in order to swiftly respond to high market volumes. The 15 Million euros investment supplied the newly opened Barilla automated warehouse with 54 stocker cranes, which move over 80.000 pallets every day. These investments reduce the amount of trips between different storages of at least 3000. Automation in food industry allows maintaining and increasing the new volumes of goods trading by sticking to the preexisting structures, concentrating resources and centralizing functions in industrial warehouses. The investments are bound to the acquisition of automatic machines for the food industry and are increasing by at least 5% every year.