E. coli! Just the very words bring to mind danger as the headlines warn us of E. coli outbreaks that have sickened people around the country and new studies highlight the risk of the Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria known as STEC in undercooked burgers.
A large food recall, such as the Quaker recall of specific granola bars and granola cereals in December and January across all 50 states and beyond, can be a logistical nightmare.
Fortunately for food wholesale distributors and retailers, cloud-based traceability technology such as FreshByte Software can help identify and recall contaminated products.
FreshByte Software announced today the release of FreshByte Online, a new cloud-based solution that will offer more functionality and features to help small to large enterprises streamline their wholesale food distribution processes.
December might be the best time of the year for food lovers with holiday meals and festive get-togethers. It’s also the time of the year when the food industry dusts off its crystal balls and looks towards the food trends for the coming year.
“Keeping up with global food trends can be a little dizzying these days. The internet has ushered in an era of fads that burn hot and fast, showing up everywhere before disappearing completely. Sometimes, they start on TikTok, making it to Instagram and Reddit within days or weeks. If they show promise or seem to have staying power, restaurants and grocery stores may decide to jump in to cater to consumers,” explains DoorDash for Merchants.
A new survey by NielsenIQ highlights that while the holiday season is a time for celebration, it can be a financially stressful time for consumers, especially when it comes to trips to the grocery store.
“With the rising cost of food and other expenses, it’s more important than ever for CPG (consumer packaged goods) brands and retailers to understand what motivates consumers to buy and how it’s going to affect holiday grocery sales,” says NielsenIQ. “But don’t worry, it’s not all bad news. There are still plenty of ways to get the most out of holiday grocery shopping.”
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the oldest comprehensive consumer protection agency in the U.S. federal government, tracing its modern regulatory functions to the passage of the 1906 Pure Food and Drugs Act.
“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a government agency that’s in place to protect public health. It does this by ensuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of many products you use every day,” says GoodRx Health.
An article published this year in the Food Control journal says improving food traceability requires the use of the best new technologies and there are a variety of promising technologies today to enhance food traceability systems (FTS), such as fifth-generation (5G), mobile communication systems, and distributed ledger technology (DLT).
In today's ever-evolving food and beverage industry, cloud-based software has emerged as a transformative force.
From enhancing food safety and quality control to adapting to shifting consumer preferences and sustainability demands, cloud-based solutions have become indispensable tools.
“The food and beverage industry is undergoing a digital transformation. From large corporations to smaller, more flexible brands, companies are using digital technologies to collect more data regarding their workflow processes and to ensure safety and quality in food processing, packaging, and distribution,” explains Food Safety magazine. “Digitalization of the food and beverage sector includes the application of technologies such as smart sensors, cloud computing, and remote monitoring.”
Climate change has many ramifications across the world and is already affecting food production from coffee to wine to chocolate to corn and more.
“Agriculture has always been at the mercy of unpredictable weather, but a rapidly changing climate is making agriculture an even more vulnerable enterprise,” says the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. “In some regions, warmer temperatures may increase crop yields. The overall impact of climate change on agriculture, however, is expected to be negative—reducing food supplies and raising food prices.”