While there many are ever-changing factors influencing the future of the food and beverage industry, one thing is certain: no matter how consumer needs and preferences shift, food production analytics will be at the forefront of business success. Companies that have implemented these powerful tools are already seeing positive changes across a number of key performance areas. Here, we take a look at some of the most significant ways analytics can create game-changing results.
Regulatory compliance can be an overwhelming challenge. Whether your food safety programs revolve around requirements to satisfy the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) or the USDA, aligning all of the intricate moving parts to meet your overarching compliance goals is no easy feat. This is precisely why industry leaders are implementing regulatory compliance software for food manufacturing.
Technology has impacted every industry within recent years, revolutionizing the ways businesses are run. While the food and beverage industry has been a bit slower to adapt to the digital age than others, many processors and manufacturers are catching on to the power of automating their food safety and quality programs with modern solutions. One of the most compelling reasons to automate operations is blockchain food traceability.
Food quality metrics tell a compelling story of how well your company is performing. The cost of quality can have a major impact on your bottom line, but tracking quality metrics allows you to address issues proactively. Through powerful automated solutions, today’s food and beverage companies are taking control of their quality by identifying and eliminating variability and reducing costs related to rework and returns.
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.
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was the most sweeping reform of food safety law in decades. It is therefore no surprise that many food and beverage manufacturers and processors faced significant challenges in putting compliance efforts in place. In fact, many are still struggling with the added workload: not only does FSMA require a more preventive approach to managing food safety hazards, but it also places an administrative burden on many facilities due to its robust recordkeeping requirements. Many companies are therefore leveraging FSMA inspection software as a solution.
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.
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.
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.