Weak R&D can slow Food and Beverage’s growth as competitors out-innovate Food and Beverage… … "Weak R&D (Food and Beverage)" has a significant impact, so an analyst should put more weight into it. This qualitative factor will lead to an increase in costs. This statement will lead to a decrease in profits. "Weak R&D (Food and Beverage)" is an easy qualitative factor to overcome, so the investment will not have to spend much time trying to overcome this issue.