Food safety, traceability and sustainability blog

Friday Round-up (8/7/20): Sustainability Continues to be a Pillar of Food Industry Growth


Every week FoodLogiQ will be aggregating the latest updates and resources for businesses navigating the changing food industry. Learn how the industry leaders are adapting to protect and feed consumers, while building resilience in the face of global crisis.

As the food industry grapples with the continued impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have wondered how food sustainability will be impacted by the crisis in the near and long term. Top concerns for consumers have pivoted strongly towards safety and speed, and some have even welcomed the return of less sustainable practices, like additional protective packaging, which were falling out of vogue prior to the coronavirus outbreak. However, general sustainability trends that were gaining momentum in the years leading up to the pandemic have not ceased, with new reports showing that sustainability markets remain resilient in the new normal.

Making the Case for Traceability: Don’t Miss sweetgreen at Virtual reCONNECT 2020


This month we’re highlighting several of the amazing on-demand and breakout sessions planned for Virtual reCONNECT 2020 scheduled to take place September 14th - September 18th. We’re more excited than ever for these sessions led by food safety experts from some of the most innovative companies in the industry, including sweetgreen, Whole Foods Market, IPC/Subway, First Watch and Dine Brands.

Built on the philosophy of sustainability, transparency, and local sourcing, sweetgreen is committed to the health of individuals, communities and the environment. And that commitment extends into how they infuse traceability and transparency within their supply chain operations. We’re excited to have Robin Kalsbeek, Supply Chain R&D Manager at sweetgreen, present at reCONNECT 2020 the on-demand session, “Making the Case for Traceability: Sweetgreen’s Response to a Produce Crisis” on September 15th, 2020.

Friday Round-up (7/31/20): FDA Webinar Announces Industry Pilot for Romaine Traceback


Every week FoodLogiQ will be aggregating the latest updates and resources for businesses navigating the changing food industry. Learn how the industry leaders are adapting to protect and feed consumers, while building resilience in the face of global crisis.

The FDA hosted a webinar this week to provide further detail on the latest work surrounding their Leafy Greens Action Plan. The hour-long event was designed to provide an update on key initiatives associated with the plan, including a new protocol for pre harvest agricultural water, as well as additional details on early pilot programs for leafy greens.

Friday Round-up (7/24/20): How Restaurants are Capturing Consumer Attention


Every week FoodLogiQ will be aggregating the latest updates and resources for businesses navigating the changing food industry. Learn how the industry leaders are adapting to protect and feed consumers, while building resilience in the face of global crisis.

Yelp released a new report this week on business closures since the pandemic, indicating that restaurants have been hit the hardest. As reported in Restaurant Dive, the findings from Yelp show that “permanent business closures from the COVID-19 pandemic now account for 55% percent of all closed businesses since March 1, a 14% increase since June.” The article continues, “For restaurants, the picture is even more grim, with a 60% permanent closure rate, or a 23% increase since June 15. That equates to 15,770 permanent closures.”

reCONNECT 2020 is Going Virtual!


FoodLogiQ’s user group meeting is going to be a little different this year; learn what to expect from the virtual rendition of our annual event and why you should attend! Virtual reCONNECT 2020 is taking place September 14th - September 18th, and features talks from leading brands like IPC/Subway, Whole Foods Market, First Watch, Red Lobster, Testo, Avery Dennison, sweetgreen, Zebra Technologies and many more – request a pass today.

At the heart of FoodLogiQ’s work is a commitment to building a more connected food supply chain. Facilitating compliance, data quality and millions of critical tracking events (over 37 million, to be exact!) is only a piece of the puzzle. We know that bringing our partners together—creating a platform for knowledge sharing, collaboration, education and community—is an essential piece of achieving a stronger and more effective food system.