Food Manufacturing Guest Contributors

  1. 5 Ways Food Companies Can Win In The Digital Era
    11/17/2017

    Looking back at the unprecedented amount of disruption in 2017 — from Amazon acquiring Whole Foods, to significant growth in the meal-kit industry — food companies are taking a holistic look at customer bases and determining any possible competitive advantage to be developed in 2018. In the year ahead, there are five ways we’ll see the food industry become more agile and opportunistic in order to win consumer loyalty, or “share of stomach.”

  2. FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule: Dissecting Recent Announcements
    11/14/2017

    A recent Food Online article provided tips for compliance with the Produce Safety Rule, but some provisions in the rule are clearer than others. Over the past several months, the FDA has announced various reconsiderations related to the rule that can be difficult to interpret. This article will review and explain a few of them.

  3. Modernized cGMP: The Nuts And Bolts Of A Preventive Controls Food Safety Plan
    11/7/2017

    Many HACCP plans are not well-integrated with prerequisite programs. Because of this, the food safety system isn't robust. In the first article of a two-part series, I will show that focusing on prerequisite programs, starting with cGMPs, is the best starting point for converting a HACCP plan into a Preventive Controls Food Safety Plan.

  4. 5 Antibiotic-Free Alternatives For Food Animals
    10/26/2017

    Since the FDA banned using "medically important" antibiotics in livestock for healthy animals or food animals to speed growth, the livestock industry — and the food companies they supply livestock products to — has been challenged to create great-tasting and high-quality products at low costs. This column offers five antibiotic-free alternatives for rearing food animals.

  5. FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule: A Practical Guide For Compliance
    10/24/2017

    For the first time, a set of guidelines has been defined for safe agricultural practices, with rules in motion for farming, harvesting, packing, and storing fruits and vegetables. This article outlines FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule, showing the specifics of each part of the rule, and will help guide you toward compliance.

  6. Hand Washing: The Foundation Of Reduced Microbial Contamination
    10/17/2017

    Everyone knows hand washing is a basic requirement that leads to significant reductions in food safety risk. But, this basic action is often overlooked and left out of internal audits and inspections. This article describes what proper hand washing is, how to design a hand washing station, and offers advice on establishing a culture of hand washing.

  7. Food Fraud: How You Can Ensure Product Integrity
    10/5/2017

    Most food companies concentrate on the intentional substitution or addition of a substance in a product with verification activities, including testing, organoleptic or other on receipt testing. But, the real challenge is identifying the misrepresentation of products. What can you do to decrease your risks and boost the chances of receiving genuine, certified products?

  8. 3 Food Industry Headaches And What You Can Do About Them
    9/26/2017

    With the emergence of new FSMA rules and a bioengineering labeling rule in the works, the industry is going to have even more headaches to deal with. Environmental monitoring, the threat of intentional contamination of the food supply, and yet another labeling change are emerging and could be another reason for food manufacturers to reach for Tylenol.

  9. Food Defense: A U.S. Army Perspective
    9/20/2017

    Back in 1997, a Veterinarian, Leslie Huck, showed me a checklist he was developing. It focused on intentional contamination and it made me think about how the military is always a target for acts of violence. This article illustrates the evolution of Food Defense and provides insight into what food manufacturers can do to build and improve their Food Defense plans.

  10. Progressing Cavity Pumps: Making The Most Difficult F&B Applications Simple
    9/19/2017

    With the right system design, progressing cavity pumps can reduce cost, lower maintenance needs, and achieve better results in complex conveying applications within food and beverage production.