Food Manufacturing Guest Contributors

  1. GTINs, Barcodes, and Blockchain: What’s The Future of Food Traceability?
    2/9/2018

    Two recent news stories involving recalls — one stirring controversy over romaine lettuce and one claiming that recalls move too slowly — have led to a renewed sense of urgency for food manufacturers to fully implement food traceability programs and improve recall readiness in the U.S

  2. Modernized cGMPs To Hazard Analysis: The Backbone Of A Solid Food Safety Plan
    2/2/2018

    In my previous column, I described the first step to convert a HACCP plan into a preventive control food safety plan. Once you have addressed CGMPs and other key requisite programs (SSOPs, etc.), you are ready to start creating and implementing the actual food safety plan.

  3. Food Packaging And Brand Protection: It’s Simple, Right?
    1/23/2018

    Everyone knows packaging is primarily about the product itself; protecting, presenting, and conveying it. But, what does packaging do for brand integrity? The answer is more complex than you may think.

  4. New Product Development: The Challenges Of Decoding The Consumer Voice
    1/8/2018

    In the food industry, the consumer’s voice is extremely important to keep in mind as new products and quality improvements are devised every day. We all strive for customer satisfaction, but the customer’s voice, documented through consumer surveys, complaint tracking, and social media, isn’t always satisfaction per se. To interpret the feedback and translate it into formulation changes and flavor concepts can be a skill in and of itself.

  5. Why Food Manufacturing Needs An Unorthodox Approach
    12/19/2017

    Food manufacturing is not a typical manufacturing operation; it faces unique dilemmas compared to conventional manufacturing. Because of this, the mindset of food manufacturers must also be unique. This article relates conventional manufacturing operations with food manufacturing, shows why the food industry needs a different mindset, and provides approaches to change the mentality of the industry.

  6. 5 Food Safety Focus Areas For 2018
    12/14/2017

    2017 was an incredible year for food safety filled with challenges in identifying key issues having a pivotal impacton the F&B industry. That said, I believe these five food safety topics brought revolutionary changes to the way the food industry tackled food safety issues and will alter how we approach food safety and how we do business in 2018 and beyond.

  7. Third-Party Audits: Trials, Tribulations, And How To Exceed Requirements
    12/6/2017

    GFSI schemes are used as the base requirement for many supply chain verification and supplier approval programs, but are customers using them independently? In many incidences, I've noted customers are taking only the GFSI certificate as a verification step without fully understanding the challenges the schemes are having. Here, I review those challenges.

  8. Tackling Food Fraud: Inside The EU-China-Safe Partnership
    11/28/2017

    Over the past decade, scandals related to adulterated and fake food have made international headlines and generated waves of consumer backlash. This column will explore a new partnership between China and The EU that aims to take down food fraud.

  9. Germicidal LEDs: A Viable Light Source For Food Safety
    11/21/2017

    In addition to their use for Point-of-Use Water Disinfection, UV-C LED-based solutions have now been demonstrated to offer novel and unique approaches to food production sanitation.

  10. 5 Ways Food Companies Can Win In The Digital Era
    11/17/2017

    In 2017, the food industry was filled with disruption — from Amazon acquiring Whole Foods, to significant growth in the meal-kit industry. Because of this, food companies are taking a holistic look at customer bases and determining any possible competitive advantage for 2018. In the year ahead, we'll see five ways the food industry will become more agile and opportunistic in order to win consumer loyalty.