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The Future of the Food and Beverage Industry in Indonesia
The food and beverage industry is projected to remain the mainstay of supporting Indonesia’s manufacturing and economic growth. The important role of the food and beverage industry can be seen from the large contribution to the country’s non-oil and gas gross domestic product (GDP). The Ministry of Industry noted that the contribution of the food and beverage industry to non-oil and gas industry GDP could reach 34.95 percent in the third quarter of 2017. This achievement has increased four percent compared to the same period the previous year. Meanwhile, the contribution of the food and beverage industry to national GDP was 6.21 percent in the third quarter of 2017. This figure rose 3.85 percent over the same period the previous year. Realizing the industry’s growth potential, the government continues to encourage food and beverage industry players to take advantage of the domestic market potential. “Indonesia with a population of at least 258 million people, is a very promising market share for the food and beverage industry,” said Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto as quoted by Kompas.com , Wednesday (02/07/2018). For information, the magnitude of the potential of the food and beverage industry made the sector a mainstay in the Making Indonesia 4.0 program. In addition to food and beverages, the national agenda in welcoming the 4th industrial revolution era was supported by several industrial sectors, including textiles and clothing, automotive, electronics and chemistry. According to Airlangga, the food and beverage industry players should also be adaptive to the development of digital technology. That way, it is expected that the sector will become more established in the future. “One of the food and beverage industries in East Java has already applied the 4.0 industry. Through the use of technology in the 4.0 industry era, such as robotic , big data and 3D printing , can reduce production costs, “added Airlangga. The prospect of growth in the food and beverage business in the future will also be the focus of the development of a number of manufacturing industry players. Schneider Electric, for example.