Food safety, traceability and sustainability blog

Food Manufacturing Trends: What Are The Top Concerns?

Posted by Evan Kubitschek on Oct 21, 2016 11:35:35 AM

Would it surprise you to learn that food safety / regulations (FSMA, HARPC, etc.), quality control, and increasing consumer demand for transparency in their food are driving significant change in food manufacturing operations? In fact, these concerns make up three of the top ten food manufacturing concerns in Food Engineering Magazine's 2016 State of Food Manufacturing report.

If you're a food manufacturer, how do you address these concerns? Consumer demand continues to grow as economic conditions improve, and they will only get more strident around their transparency demands. This type of rapid growth to meet demand can also lead to lax standards around food safety and regulations, as well as quality control.

In this post, we'll review how software can address these concerns - all from a single platform. 

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Topics: Supplier Management, Trends, Food Safety

Supplier Management Software: Ease FSMA Concerns & Centralize Supplier Info

Posted by Evan Kubitschek on Oct 11, 2016 8:45:00 AM

Suppliers are an absolutely critical part of your business. The effective management of your suppliers unlocks massive benefits for your company and your consumers. 

In today's reality of FSMA regulation, increased consumer awareness and large-scale recalls that continually make headlines, supplier management is no easy task.

What are some of the specific challenges your business will face? For our customers, here's what we see:

  • Managing and understanding FSMA requirements 
  • Creating and managing supplier audit and compliance records
  • Getting away from multiple platforms to a "single source of truth" for supplier information

Luckily, supplier management software can address all three of these challenges. In this post, we'll show you how.

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Topics: Supplier Management, Food Safety

Why Consumers Will Pay More for Complete Transparency

Posted by Evan Kubitschek on Sep 15, 2016 9:52:14 AM

For today's consumer, giving them just the product information required by law on a label is no longer enough.

In the report "Driving Long-Term Trust and Loyalty Through Transparency," Label Insight surveyed more than 2,000 consumers around transparency and whether it affects their trust or loyalty toward a food brand.

In this post, we'll look at why providing transparency to a consumer is the clear choice, especially when a consumer will look elsewhere if you don't provide it. Without transparency, you're ceding control of your brand promise to a 3rd party.

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Topics: Consumers, Food Safety, Restaurants

How Transparent Are Restaurants on Food Safety?

Posted by Evan Kubitschek on Sep 8, 2016 10:30:20 AM

When it comes to food safety, how transparent are public restaurant companies? Consumers are already strident in their calls for better food safety and more transparency around ingredients, and now investors are starting to take company boards to task around their food safety efforts.

In the report "Food Safety: In a State of Transformation," Cornerstone Capital Group (CCP) examined a sample of 14 publicly traded restaurant companies to better detail just what is being disclosed about food safety efforts to investors and consumers alike.

In this post, we'll dive into the drivers behind the questions being asked by investors and consumers, including increased consumer awareness and new food safety regulations.

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Topics: Consumers, Food Safety, Restaurants

The Case for Food Ingredient Transparency

Posted by Evan Kubitschek on Sep 1, 2016 1:46:31 PM

When is comes to demonstrating transparency in the food industry, who do consumers think is responsible and what information do they expect? The Center for Food Integrity (CFI) asked these very questions recently in a survey featuring 2,000 respondents and the results were intriguing. And if these questions cause your company heartburn, it's time to talk about food transparency and why it should matter to you.

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Topics: Food Safety Modernization Act, Safety

FSMA Webinar: Foreign Supplier Verification Program

Posted by Katy Jones on Aug 11, 2016 3:30:00 PM
 You've seen our post covering the five most important facts about the FDA's Foreign Supplier Verification Program. Larger companies have just  18 months after the final ruling to meet the FSVP requirements - not an easy task! 
With that deadline looming, we've invited Matt Regusci of WQS Food Verification and TrainToComply (from our past webinar  Managing Certifications Across Your Supply Chain) to present with us again. We hope you'll join us for this exclusive webinar to learn what you need to know on how FSMA & FSVP rules will affect your global supply chain.
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Topics: Food Safety Modernization Act

How Technology Supports Your FSMA Compliance

Posted by Katy Jones on Aug 9, 2016 3:30:00 PM

If you’re like most food industry professionals, you are well aware of the Food Safety Modernization Act and its impact on the industry. And while FSMA has been front of mind for the industry even well before President Obama signed it into law over 5 years ago, it's finally getting real for the food industry with the first deadline for most large food manufacturers hitting on September 16th. 

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Topics: Food Safety Modernization Act, Safety

5 Common Food Recalls Facing Brands

Posted by Katy Jones on Aug 3, 2016 9:07:14 PM

They’re the type of recalls that tend to make the biggest splash in the news. They send consumers running to their pantries or refrigerators to check dates and leave other brands of consumer packaged goods asking themselves, “What if this happened to us?”

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Topics: Safety, Consumers, Traceability

3 Fixes to Supply Chain Problems of Fast-Growing Food Brands

Posted by Katy Jones on Jul 27, 2016 10:30:00 AM

When your food company or restaurant chain first begins to take off, the growth can be exciting and—as any fast-growing brand will admit—a little overwhelming.

For the food industry in particular, high growth expansion can make it difficult to maintain your standardization processes, which can cause supply chain confusion and lead to unfortunate mistakes.

And given how important it is to establish trust with your customers, the inability to standardize your processes can make living up to a consistent and reliable brand difficult. When your customers can’t rely on a standard of quality, service and trust, your brand’s reputation is likely to suffer.

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Topics: Traceability, Restaurants

Why Whole Chain Traceability is Becoming the Industry Standard

Posted by Katy Jones on Jul 21, 2016 10:30:00 AM

We live in a time of rapid technological evolution—a time when systems and devices change so quickly, staying ahead of the curve requires dedication and foresight. Allowing your organization to lapse, and allowing processes to become outdated, often means losing your place as an industry leader and missing opportunities to grow. But in the food industry, failing to keep up can also mean compromising your brand reputation and failing to comply to regulations. 

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Topics: Traceability