Ensuring food manufacturing quality is a complex and costly endeavor. Yet, it is critically important to business outcomes. In order to stay competitive, retain customers, and remain a trusted brand, food and beverage manufacturers must not only fulfill food safety requirements, but also demonstrate an ongoing commitment to quality.
Vendor management is an ongoing challenge for food and beverage companies. The ability to consistently meet food safety and quality outcomes starts with high-quality ingredients and raw materials. And, this process begins by selecting vendors who are capable of meeting your robust requirements. While proper onboarding is a crucial link in the supply chain, it can be time and labor intensive. For this reason, many companies are adopting vendor onboarding software.
SQF (Safe Quality Food) is the most popular GFSI scheme in North America. Unlike other GFSI schemes, SQFI is the only certifying body which has an optional quality code. Here, we take a look at some SQF quality basics to help you determine whether becoming certified in this code is right for your organization.
Supplier software can be useful for companies in virtually any industry, but food manufacturers and processors are perhaps the best candidates for this unique technology. By digitizing records and using technology to communicate with suppliers, food and beverage companies can streamline and simplify all of their supplier management activities. Here are a few specific challenges which make the food and beverage industry so ideal for supplier management solutions.
The cost of quality is estimated to comprise about 20-40% of sales revenue, according to The American Society for Quality (ASQ). While that’s the case for most organizations, that figure could be even higher in the food and beverage industry. The Food Waste Alliance (FWRA) estimates that 60 million tons of food waste is generated in the U.S. annually, and the costs have a negative impact on food companies’ bottom line and the environment alike. Thankfully, there is now a more efficient and cost-effective way to achieve actionable quality assurance.
Becoming certified in a GFSI benchmarked scheme has a number of advantages for food and beverage companies, but it comes with a cost. Achieving certification and maintaining GFSI compliance requires facilities to manage robust program requirements and stay audit-ready on demand. Thus, companies begin to wonder: do the advantages of certification outweigh the challenges of ongoing compliance?
Food and beverage facilities undergo multiple audits each year, with many facing regulatory, GFSI, and customer inspections. Some facilities have full-time employees responsible for managing audits, but many still lack the resources needed to stay prepared for both scheduled and unannounced visits. Safety audit software for food and beverage manufacturers transforms the process by implementing technology to ensure round-the-clock readiness. It can be used for both internal and external facility auditing, promoting program compliance across the entire supply chain. Here, we take a look at how it works.
Most companies implement food and beverage technology for better visibility into their operations and to help manage robust program requirements. While these are certainly some of the most noteworthy benefits that can be realized by adopting food and beverage software, there are also some less obvious advantages companies can experience. Let’s take a look at a few of the less expected – yet still important – ways you can leverage technology in your company.
In industries where paper-intensive processes make it difficult to manage quality and safety outcomes, technology can be transformative for companies. This is especially true for food and beverage, where maintaining ongoing visibility into operations is the only way to ensure food safety goals are being met.
Food safety and quality systems have been in place since the inception of modern food and beverage manufacturing. Yet, it’s only been in recent years that companies have begun to leverage technology to support food safety and quality management. By bringing features like automation and analytics to these traditionally resource-intensive processes, companies have witnessed a steady improvement in terms of achieving safety and quality outcomes, as well as better overall performance.