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4 Reasons to Use Food Specifications to Drive Traceability

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In the age of increasing food regulations and prioritization of sustainability, there’s one thing that shouldn’t be slowing you down. Data management. Food and beverage companies face the ever-growing demand for safe food and traceability — and the systems deployed to do the job often only address ‘symptoms’ of what causes a lack of traceability,…

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Supply Chain Lingo: What’s the Difference Between Contract Manufacturing and Private Label?

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So you’re ready to make a new product. A key consideration during the ideation phase is how you plan to make it – especially if you’re not an in-house manufacturing company and need outsourcing. Production is critical, since it shapes the amount of control, customization, and planning that goes into your new product.  The good…

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4 Hidden Challenges in the Food and Beverage Supply Chain and How to Manage Them

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Today’s food and beverage supply chain is a critical piece of infrastructure, ensuring sustainability worldwide. Modern technology has been a key driver to support this ongoing operation, especially as the supply chain is evolving into more of a network rather than a linear model. Technology also plays an important role in helping companies reveal the…

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Using Specs to Drive Top-line Growth in Food and Beverage

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The Industrial Internet of Things, or Industry 4.0, is poised to revolutionize the food and beverage industry along the entire supply chain. Manufacturers that embrace new technologies, processes, and efficiencies pass along the benefits to upstream and downstream suppliers, partners, and buyers. These benefits can take the form of improved transparency, streamlined communications, and faster…

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Achieve True Version Control with Specification Management Software

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You’d be hard-pressed to find a product from 20 years ago that exists in the exact same form today. Advancements, technology and trends all play a role for product changes and improvements. Even the most successful food and beverage products find themselves undergoing formula changes, new packaging and artwork, and adjustments to portion and package…

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What the Rise in Private Label Means for Manufacturers

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Store brands have gotten quite the makeover in recent years, regarding both packaging and appearance, evidenced by consumer sentiment. Today, more than 65% of consumers believe that buying a private label store brand is a savvy alternative to a name brand. What’s more, a report from Thomas Net notes that private label sourcing activity has…

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Regulatory Challenges in Packaging: Meeting the Needs of Food and Beverage Manufacturers

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The food and beverage industry is heavily scrutinized by the FDA, not just in terms of the ingredients you use but also in the way your products are packaged. Because packaging comes in direct contact with the product, food and beverage manufacturers have to follow strict requirements to ensure quality and safety for consumers.  Packaging…

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Expectations of Food Traceability Increase as FDA Releases New FSMA Rule

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As the FDA further refines the Food Safety Blueprint released earlier this year, more detailed rules and regulations have emerged. At the end of September, the FDA proposed a new rule that increases traceability of “high-risk” foods, i.e. foods that easily spoil or have allergens. The new rule is both a part of the New…

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3 Things to Know About the FDA’s New Food Safety Blueprint for Traceability and Recall Prevention

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Although supply chain technology has helped regulate business activities, foodborne illnesses still wreak havoc on millions of consumers every year. In 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) became law to further regulate the way food is grown, harvested, and processed, in effort to shift from a reaction to a prevention model. However, from 2013…

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3 Ways to Rebuild the Food and Beverage Supply Chain after COVID-19

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COVID-19 has created severe disruptions to the supply chain, and it’s not just a matter of running out of toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Deeper implications show a shrinking window of access to food and other critical items and a growing mountain of waste due to spoilage and reduced demand.  For example, Belgium recently announced…

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