Food safety, traceability and sustainability blog

FoodLogiQ receives 2016 Supply & Demand Chain Executive Green Supply Chain Award

Posted by Katy Jones on Dec 6, 2016 9:21:59 AM
Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the executive's user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, has selected FoodLogiQ as a recipient of an SDCE Green Supply Chain Award for 2016.

The Green Supply Chain Award recognizes companies making green or sustainability a core part of their supply chain strategy, as well as providers of supply chain solutions and services assisting their customers in achieving measurable sustainability goals. This year's ninth-annual awards recognize companies like FoodLogiQ that leveraged green practices and solutions to further drive sustainable improvements in their supply chain.

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Topics: Supplier Management, Sustainability

Webinar: Effective Auditing Programs with WQS

Posted by Katy Jones on Dec 5, 2016 10:30:44 AM

We get it - audits aren't easy. Food companies are under increasing pressure with an onslaught of auditing and certification work being driven by regulatory and industry standards. 

With these difficulties in mind, we've invited Matt Regusci of WQS Food Verification and TrainToComply (from some of our past webinars) to present with us again. We hope you'll join us for this exclusive webinar to learn what you need to know on how how effective auditing programs for food companies are created, structured and run.

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Topics: Food Safety Audits

2016 Dive Awards for the Food Industry

Posted by Katy Jones on Nov 30, 2016 11:01:18 AM

I was recently honored to join industry insiders at Hershey, the Center for Science in the Public Interest and Mintel to help narrow down the nominees for the 2016 Dive Awards for the food and beverage industry awarded by Food Dive.  It's been an amazing year in the food industry with issues surrounding transparency, clean labeling and food fraud at the forefront of consumer interest.  

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Topics: Trends

FoodLogiQ and WQS Announce Partnership

Posted by Katy Jones on Nov 8, 2016 10:20:00 AM

FoodLogiQ and WQS Food Verification today announced a partnership to pair industry-leading auditingservices with a fully mobile, Cloud-based supplier management and traceability platform. The new partnership will help food companies respond to the onslaught of auditing and certifications being driven by increased regulatory and industry standards.

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Topics: Trends, Food Safety Audits, Traceability

SUBWAY®/IPC's Journey to Supply Chain Transparency

Posted by Katy Jones on Nov 2, 2016 12:07:01 PM

SUBWAY® / IPC's vision was to achieve full supply chain visibility. Armed with that level of visibility, they'd be able to make real-time, fast, and accurate decisions while giving customers exactly what they craved - transparency around the food they buy.

IPC's Quality and Supply Chain Director, Rick Buttner, came to the realization that traceability by lot code - from the manufacturer to the SUBWAY® restaurant - was the key after numerous large recalls.

By using GS1 Standards and partnering with FoodLogiQ, SUBWAY® / IPC has set about achieving their vision of supply chain transparency. We'll cover the 4-step process SUBWAY® / IPC used in today's post.

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Topics: Food Safety, Food Safety Program

PMA: FoodLogiQ's Andy Kennedy Joins the Board

Posted by Katy Jones on Oct 26, 2016 8:19:48 AM

We're excited to announce that our co-founder Andy Kennedy has joined the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Board of Directors. 

The foodservice industry is under intense pressure for complete and accurate product information. PMA members face a customer base that wants transparency around the products they buy, and a modern supply chain demands technology that provides this rich information.

FoodLogiQ Co-Founder Andrew Kennedy spoke on supply chain transparency during the PMA's Fresh Summit Convention and Expo on October 15th in Orlando, FL. 

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Topics: Supplier Management, Trends, Food Safety

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