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From crisis to beyond: Streamlining the dairy supply chain with modern labeling

Lee Patty Cloud computing, Food and beverage Leave a Comment

2020 has been challenging for dairy, and labeling is partly to blame. While the world has been gripped with a pandemic, US dairy recalls reached the highest since 2018’s end-of-year and critically, one-third of those recalls were a result of mislabeled products with undeclared allergens (Stericycle Expert Solutions). Recalls of Shamrock Farms’ Milk,  7-Eleven’s yogurt covered pretzels and Ritz’s Cheese …

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Solving the labeling crisis: The case for a cloud-based approach

Lee Patty Cloud computing, Food and beverage Leave a Comment

It’s been a hectic year for food and beverage industry labeling. Several brands have issued mislabeled allergen-based food, and while labeling should be helpful instead of a barrier to consumer safety and speed to market, it clearly has problems. One culprit in the current labeling crisis is outdated labeling processes, which are all too common. Some of these methods include …

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Disorganized labeling is a chilling epidemic: The cure is digitization and modernization

Lee Patty Food and beverage, Industry news Leave a Comment

New technology, government regulations and shifting consumer demands for more choice, convenience, healthy ingredients and transparency are making cold chains – and all food supply chains – increasingly complex. This is especially true when it comes to labeling. Unfortunately, label design and creation are often relegated to a background operation, and many businesses are still using dated and disparate systems. …

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Recalls are too common: digitized labeling can help

Lee Patty Food and beverage Leave a Comment

This year alone, the FDA has already recorded over 1,600 food/cosmetic recalls identified as Class 1 or Class 2 – meaning consumption of the product can lead to anything from temporary or reversible adverse health consequences to death. And more than one third of these recalls are still ongoing. Yikes! Though some of these products were recalled due to contamination, …

Reducing errors and improving compliance in food labeling

Lee Patty Food and beverage 1 Comment

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalls almost one hundred million units of food every quarter. Prepared foods are the most recalled category at 21.7%, and although most of these recalls are down to contamination, mislabeling is also a significant contributing factor. Mislabeling recalls can be for a number of reasons. One recent example involves an undeclared allergen in ready-to-eat …

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Food labeling transparency

Ken Moir Food and beverage Leave a Comment

The issue of allergens labeling is a contentious one, and something that has been highlighted in the media following a series of high-profile incidents. While keeping consumers safe from harm is a top priority, is enough being done to ensure businesses, even independent retailers and smaller producers, are following the right guidelines? And are these guidelines enough? Currently loose items …

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The future of food labeling systems

Metka Silar Sturm Food and beverage 3 Comments

The food and beverage industry is changing. There are many factors that contribute: rising concerns over food allergens, increased awareness of food additives, a heightened focus on sustainability and the locavore movement, medium-large size manufacturers merging to keep pace with the competitive marketplace. Labeling has never played a more crucial role in food and beverage businesses. Modern label management systems …

Food Traceability

Barcodes for food traceability

Marko Vrbnjak Food and beverage, GS1 Leave a Comment

The first ever commercial barcode was used on a Wrigley’s Chewing Gum pack in 1974 and since then, barcodes have played an important role in the food industry. The Universal Product Code (UPC) is a critical factor in determining the traceability of any product. In the food industry, traceability of a food item is taken very seriously as it can …

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Dairy Reporter explores how NiceLabel helped a large food company gain competitive advantage

Metka Silar Sturm Food and beverage Leave a Comment

Dairy Reporter recently sat down with NiceLabel VP Marketing Ken Moir to discuss how the world’s largest manufacturer of organic dairy products standardized its label management for all of its industrial printers. The next generation technology enabled the company to streamline production and position the company for future growth. The solution is applicable to any food and beverage company. The …

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Why do you need barcodes for your food business?

Marko Vrbnjak Food and beverage, GS1 1 Comment

The everyday “beep” of the barcode reader at the checkout is something we are all familiar with. But many small to medium sized food producers often think of barcoding products as an expensive burden. However it’s also the best way of growing a business through access to major retailers, while establishing a better known brand. The food and beverage industry …