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A Look Back: The 10 FoodLogiQ Blogs of 2021 You Can't Miss

The end of the year always calls for a moment of reflection. As 2021 comes to a close, join FoodLogiQ in taking a look back at the most viewed blog posts from the past year. From informative pieces on the foundational elements of traceability, to regulatory updates, insightful customer stories and more, this year has included no shortage of impactful content. Below, browse FoodLogiQ's top 10 blogs of 2021.

1. Understanding the Global Location Number (GLN)

As more businesses adopt technologies to assist in digital information sharing, such as Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), convergence around information types and formats is imperative across industries. For the food industry, GS1 Standards have become the foundation for many aspects of identifying, capturing, and sharing data. One such standard, the Global Location Number (GLN), is essential for any food business getting their digital house in order to be ready for initiatives such as the New Era of Smarter Food Safety. Read on to better understand the GLN and its impact on supply chain traceability.

2. How Dine Brands Increases Value Cross-Functionally with FoodLogiQ Connect

Dine Brands Global is one of the world's largest full service dining companies in the world, and franchises two iconic brands, Applebee's and IHOP. Learn how Dine Brands Global Quality Assurance Specialist Jason Brown is leveraging the FoodLogiQ Connect platform to drive business continuity throughout the company, whose brands represent 6,000 restaurant locations worldwide.

3. RFID and Supply Chain Digitization in the New Era of Smarter Food Safety

Last year, the FDA launched a new, forward-looking campaign to drive long-term adoption and consensus around supply chain modernization. The New Era of Smarter Food Safety initiative is a major step towards building a tech-enabled food system through incremental changes in culture, proliferation of new technologies and clarity around interoperable standards. Many of these changes will soon be codified in updates to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) section 204, which have been outlined in a proposed traceability rule published in September 2020. In this post, review Zebra Technologies and FoodLogiQ's discussion of how RFID is shaping the modernization of the food supply chain, and what food system stakeholders are doing to prepare for new regulations.

4. Chipotle Mexican Grill: Getting Started with Traceability

Looking for insights on establishing or enhancing your traceability program? Need help decoding the “alphabet soup” of GS1 acronyms, including GLNGTIN and GS1-128? Traceability leader Chipotle Mexican Grill makes recommendations on how to build your program, manage implementation, and how tech-enabled traceability can enhance your operations, featuring Chipotle Senior Manager of Supply Chain Amber Engebretson.

5. Understanding Traceability Events

Capturing and storing the right supply chain event data can help companies visualize their entire supply chain and achieve tech-enabled traceability. Stitching together product and ingredient events at the batch-lot level can increase transparency, reduce time to locate tainted products, and minimize waste from withdrawals and product extractions. Understanding food traceability events is the key to comprehending where the industry is headed in terms of supply chain modernization and transparency, specifically the evolution of two key concepts: Critical Tracking Events (CTEs) and Key Data Elements (KDEs). Read this piece to learn more about each of these foundational elements.

6. Panel: Leveraging Technology to Drive Food Safety Culture and Behavioral Change

For leading food and beverage brands, building and investing in a strong food safety culture is vital to organizational success, regardless of product, size or market. Not only does a healthy, well-defined food safety culture have a positive impact on internal teams and functions – it is also essential to ensuring product quality and safety, consumer trust, and brand loyalty. One of the biggest, most impactful drivers of modern food safety culture and organizational change is technology. Catch this panel discussion on how technology enables a robust food safety culture and acts as a catalyst for behavioral change.

7. Getting Acquainted with FSMA and Traceability

There has been a lot of chatter within the food industry about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Smarter Food Safety and the complex forthcoming FDA requirements that will fall under the umbrella of traceability regulation. It’s more important than ever to be gaining understanding around the key concepts driving food safety innovation and the next wave of recordkeeping requirements. For those looking to get a cursory understanding of the current landscape, FoodLogiQ has gathered key resources for understanding the state of FSMA and Traceability in 2021.

8. 4 Elements to Managing Quality Across Your Supply Chain

Quality management is, in essence, about driving an efficient and safe supply chain that yields food of consistently high standards from farm to fork. Food brands winning at quality incident management are going beyond the capture of expired, contaminated, mislabeled or otherwise defunct product - they are systematizing superior quality ownership to harness new insights, identify risks and automate the processes that ensure quality and safety at scale across locations. Learn how FoodLogiQ Connect customers achieve full visibility into food quality, gain centralized control over incident response, and improve credit retrieval times and efficacy in our guide, 4 Elements to Managing Quality Across Your Supply Chain.

9. Traceability, Technology and a Better Future at Virtual reCONNECT 2021

At the heart of FoodLogiQ’s work is a commitment to building a more connected and safe food supply chain. Facilitating compliance, data quality and millions of Critical Tracking Events (over 100 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 and community—is an essential piece of achieving a stronger and more effective food system.

FoodLogiQ’s annual user group meeting, reCONNECT, was held virtually for the second year in a row, taking place May 17 - May 21, 2021. The conference featured talks from leading brands like Whole Foods Market, First Watch, Chipotle, Chick-fil-A, Thrive Market, Chobani, Partake Foods, Testo, Avery Dennison and many more. In addition to covering innovative use cases of the FoodLogiQ Connect platform from companies like Tyson and Dine Brands, we also took on important topics like empowering women in the industry, democratizing food businesses, connecting as an industry, how food safety responds to crisis and building technical interoperability.

10. Delivering Global Quality and Sustainability Through Tech-Enabled Auditing with Red Lobster

Red Lobster has been leading the charge in delivering quality, sustainable seafood since 1968. And, with fans like Beyoncé, the brand has proven that excellence is to “Sea Food Differently,” particularly in terms of sourcing and standards. The Red Lobster commitment includes serving seafood “in ways that are traceable, sustainable, and responsible,” which is something that the entire food safety and quality team takes very seriously. Red Lobster Director of Total Quality and Food Safety Dennis Price spoke with FoodLogiQ on how his team leverages FoodLogiQ Connect auditing functionality to elevate standards throughout Red Lobster's global supply chain and ensure that the company is doing its part to protect ocean resources while serving customers across hundreds of locations.

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Posted by Kirstin Meyerhoeffer on Dec 21, 2021 5:58:37 PM

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