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    Supply Chain Visibility and Supplier Scorecards: What You Need to Know

    Supply chain visibility (SCV) is the ability of parts, components or products in transit to be tracked from the manufacturer to their final destination. According to TechTarget, the primary objective of SCV is to improve the availability of data to stakeholders and customers alike, ultimately strengthening and improving the supply chain.

    The Real Cost of Your Document Management

    Often times we hear how executives only care about the bottom line. If it’s not making/saving them money, they probably don’t want to hear about it. But here’s the catch, the current way of doing things in the food and beverage industry is outdated, labor intensive, and—most importantly—it’s error-prone. Now, with the implementation of FSMA and final rulings rolling out, food safety programs are no longer voluntary, and CEOs and the board need to involved.

    A Tale of Two Systems: Traditional Document Management Systems vs. TraceGains

    With the ever-changing landscape of the food supply chain, the documentation required to stay in compliance, be prepared for a variety of food safety audits, and efficiently manage hundreds of suppliers can be overwhelming, leaving you no time to do the job you were hired to do. Instead, you drown in documents and feel locked in the cells of spreadsheets. 

    5 Tips for Better Supplier Document Management

    Guest blogger Christopher Staub is a corporate raw materials coordinator with Advanced Food Products. Part of his job role is to ensure proper supplier documentation is in place for incoming raw materials. As a current TraceGains user, Chris offers his tips on how to help with supplier document management.

    What's Frustrating Food Manufacturers?

    As the ever-changing landscape of the food supply chain industry evolves, more and more food manufacturers are becoming frustrated with certain pieces to the audit puzzle. 

    The Qualities Needed for Food Quality Managers

    The vast SKU proliferation much discussed in the past year has yielded more than a million new food products in assorted sizes, shapes, colors, packaging configurations, and each has introduce another opportunity to contaminate food safety.

    The result of all these permutations is the increasing demand for Quality Assurance food safety experts combined with the vast food safety and quality regulatory demands introduced by FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act).

    Coffee Talk with John Paul Williams: Power of Automation & Digitization

    In today's digital world, businesses are finding that in order to stay relevant and successful in the industry, they must embrace technology to automate and digitize their once manual processes. To further explore the power of automation and digitization, we sat down with John Paul Williams, Director, Enterprise Solutions and Market Development, Americas, at Polycom to discuss the value of automation and digitization, ways food manufacturers can leverage this technology to improve their business, tips for garnering management approval, and more. 

    Food Manufacturers and FSMA: Protecting the Brand with Documentation and Media Savvy

    Charles M. Breen is an expert regulatory consultant for food companies on FDA matters with a 41-year career at the FDA in food safety, imports, and program management.  During a recent webinar hosted by TraceGains, Breen indicated that food manufacturers should keep their eye on Google as an indication of what products will be of heightened scrutiny under FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act.)

    The New Lean State at Berner Foods Driven by Technology: Addressing SQF Requirements for Documentation

    Berner Food & Beverage, Inc.  The company is best known as a private label supplier of quality food and beverage products to a majority of the top retail chains across all trade channels. Although the company roots were in producing Swiss cheese nearly seventy year ago, the company’s state of the art facility (USDA approved, SQF2000 Level 3, HACCP certified) produces a complete line of dips, cheese sauces, and best-selling beverage items; Berner Foods is the leading U.S. producer of private label Aerosol Cheese, Jar Cheese, retort Salsa Con Queso and shelf stable dips, retort Alfredo sauces, retort Iced Latte and Coffee Energy beverages.