Food Industry Insights

  1. How To Plan For USDA HACCP Validation: Q&A With Food Safety Consultants

    In 2015, the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) released the final requirements for Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) systems validations. The new HACCP regulations go into effect January 4 for large establishments (500+ employees), then in April for smaller (<500 employees). Will your company be ready in time to avoid non-compliance and enforcement actions?

  2. Understanding Sanitation Options For Spices, Herbs, And Vegetable Seasoning

    This article presents two effective solutions - ethylene oxide (EO) fumigation and irradiation processing - for preventing as much contamination as possible before the spices and herbs reach the table.

  3. What Happens When Enterprise Software Is Too Hard to Use?

    In mid-2011, a study was conducted to understand how usability challenges may cause individuals to work outside the system of record. This causes the manufacturer to lose value as employees use other systems. When faced with usability challenges, respondents indicated they may also use a number of free or low-cost online tools including Google Docs and Dropbox. In this primary research report, we see that when ERP is too hard to use, people rely on spreadsheets instead.

  4. Decrease Your Risk Of Product Recalls Due To Glass, Metal Or Bone Contamination

    More small and medium-sized food manufacturers (SMEs) than ever before are investing in x-ray inspection systems. The rise in the number of product recalls has prompted many to join larger producers in embracing product inspection as a cost-effective measure against the threat of damaging and expensive product recalls due to glass, metal or bone contamination. This article will outline several factors influencing food makers to invest in X-Ray inspection systems.

  5. FDA Labeling Changes: A Survival Guide

    Using labels out of sequence, obsolete labels, or wrong labels can be costly. Labeling mistakes will take a chunk out of your bottom line, lead to loss of consumer confidence, or trigger a recall.

  6. 6 Things Big-Box Retailers Look For When They Tour Food Manufacturing Facilities

    When a big-box retailer tours a food manufacturing facility to vet the company’s operations, every process needs to be fully optimized and prepared for scrutiny. Below are the essentials that need to be covered to meet the needs of big-box retailers.

  7. Industry Report: Majority Of Food Manufacturers Run Internal Process Systems That Are Not Integrated

    JustFoodERP is pleased to offer a complimentary report by Mint Jutras, experts in analyzing the impact of enterprise applications on business performance. The report highlights JustFoodERP Foundation and the importance of integrated business software in the food and beverage industry.

  8. The Metal Detection Guide: Building An Effective Program

    Most manufacturers and processors in the food and pharmaceutical industries recognize the need for metal detection systems and that they are an essential element of any efficient and effective quality-focused regime. There is an ever greater need for metal detectors in an increasingly competitive market-place driven by a growing range of complex factors including changing customer requirements, the tightening of industry standards, and the growth of regulatory and legislative bodies.

  9. 5 Quality Audits Every Food Company Should Be Doing

    If one low-quality food item makes it to a first-time customer, it could completely jeopardize your relationship with that customer forever. Quality audits are a great way to fight against compromised product quality. But, what "quality audits" should be completed and how are they done?

  10. How Much Time Do You Spend Cooking?

    I recently attended the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA) Science Forum in Washington, DC. This was my fourth time attending and find it to be one of the most educational meetings. What makes this meeting unique is the commitment and open mindedness to new concepts, technologies, and strategies that will keep driving the industry forward through the next decades.