GS1 and food traceability

GS1 Standards maximize food supply chain traceability

Sandy Borchert Food and beverage, GS1 Leave a Comment

Food and beverage manufacturers are competing in an ever-changing and increasingly challenging environment. In one of our previous blog posts, we examined why the food and beverage industry needs barcodes. Although standards and regulations have evolved over time when it comes to food labeling, compliant labeling is important now more than ever before. The pandemic has caused shoppers to become …

food safety

Food labeling in the midst of a pandemic: Addressing the need for safety without compromising speed to market

Ken Moir Food and beverage Leave a Comment

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed business as we know it in so many ways. In the food industry for example, manufacturers, restaurants and retailers have had to rapidly shift how they supply food to consumers. Changes have been implemented in the interest of safety, but the result has been supply chain bottlenecks that cause delays in getting food to it’s …

dairy supply chain

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 …

food recalls

Another day, another recall: Prevention begins with the label

Lee Patty Food and beverage, Industry news Leave a Comment

Ensuring food safety is critical for not only consumer protection, but also reducing financial and reputational damage to a brand. And when creating labels, companies must ensure customer safety as efficiently as possible and remain agile enough to deal with changes while complying with current legislation. For instance, recent government efforts include new nutrition facts guidelines that will require compliance …

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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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Food safety; it starts with the label

Ken Moir Food and beverage 1 Comment

The correct labeling of food in terms of nutritional information and allergens is critical for the food and beverage industry, not just in ensuring manufacturers and retailers comply with relevant guidelines and legislation, but also in ensuring the safety of consumers. The European Union Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC) that came into effect at the end of 2014 …

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 …