Food Manufacturing Trends: What Are The Top Concerns?

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. 

Supplier Management Software: Ease FSMA Concerns & Centralize Supplier Info

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.

Why Consumers Will Pay More for Complete Transparency

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.

How Transparent Are Restaurants on Food Safety?

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.

The Case for Food Ingredient Transparency

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.