Food Logistics Tips for Making Sure Perishable Foods Are Safe During Transit


One of the most challenging tasks in the food and beverage industry involves making sure foods and supplies reach their destination in top form. Certain foods and items, for instance, can’t merely get tossed on a transport truck and left to chance.

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Investing in More Organic, Sustainable and Ethical Food Supply Chains

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A Fresh Approach to Combatting the Food Desert Scourge

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Communities with limited access to sources of nutritional food – commonly called food deserts – represent a major health threat across the globe. Featured Strategy food deserts junk food issues MIT CTL MIT food supply chain research nanostores

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The Building Realities of Transforming to More Organic and Sustainable Food Supply Chains

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In January, Supply Chain Matters called reader attention to Chipotle Mexican Grill’s bold adherence to staunch standards for high quality, ethically based food ingredients served at its various restaurants. Chipotle boldly suspended the use of pork sourced from an unnamed regionally based pork supplier evoking broad media headlines.

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Report on Whole Foods Inventory Stockouts- Focus on the Implication vs. Symptoms

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Supply Chain Matters comments on a published Business Insider report indicating a crisis of on-shelf availability of food items among Whole Foods retail outlets. Inventory Management Procurement and Sourcing Retail Supply Chain Supply Chain Technology Supply chain wide visibility concept of Digitally-Enabled Response Networks Direct Store Delivery future retail supply chain management Supply chain Matters blog Whole Foods inventory management initiatives

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A Guest Viewpoint- Procurement Impact of the Amazon-Whole Foods Acquisition

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BravoSolution CEO Jim Wetekamp provides a Supply Chain Matters guest commentary on the procurement and supply chain management impacts of the pending Amazon-Whole Foods acquisition.

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The Mind-Boggling Complexities of Food Distribution (Why Optimization is Critical)

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Over the past few weeks, there’s been a lot of buzz and discussion about Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, everything from the impact to competing grocery retailers and prices to the accelerated evolution of omni-channel distribution.

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How's Your Food Recall Readiness?


Unfortunately, even with best practices in place, there are times when Food & Beverage companies need to recall product due to contamination, expired freshness dates, or other health concerns.

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Technology Responds to Consumer Demands for Specific Knowledge of Food Supply Chains

Supply Chain Matters

Just about two weeks ago, this author had the opportunity to be the opening speaker at the Intesource 2015 Innovation Best practices in Sourcing Conference held in Las Vegas. Intesource’s customers generally reside within various tiers of food and beverage supply chains either as retailers, wholesalers or restaurant services providers.

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Amazon's Whole Foods Takeover: One Year Later


When Amazon announced its takeover of Whole Foods last year, there was a lot of speculation about how the e-tail giant would overhaul the grocery chain’s operations. Since 2007 it faced its share of challenges, including losing out to Walmart as the biggest seller of organic food in the U.S.

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Additional Perspective on Amazon-Whole Foods Acquisition Implications

Supply Chain Matters

Regarding the announcement from Amazon on the online retailer’s intent to acquire Whole Foods, Supply Chain Matters committed to feature a number of follow-up opinion commentaries, both from this blog as well as external sources. We call attention to a report published by Supermarket News that does a great job of uncovering impacts to branded natural foods and organic suppliers that may or may not benefit from Amazon’s subsequent integration strategies.

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A Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement Implies Impacts to Some Industry Global Sourcing Strategies

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Over the past month, business and general media has been reporting on leaked and other types of information stemming from the ongoing Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks currently underway concerning a proposed trade agreement among 12 nations including several Pacific Rim countries and the United States. The stated goals of the TPP are to “enhance […].

The Implications of the ConAgra Food Safety Case

Supply Chain Matters

This week brought significant and perhaps troubling news to food and consumer product goods producers and their respective suppliers distributing products throughout the U.S. Business headlines noted that a ConAgra Foods business unit agreed to plead guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge and pay an $11.2 million fine in conjunction with 2006-2007 salmonella outbreak involving […].

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New and More Controversial Food Labeling Requirements About to Go Into Effect in the United States

Supply Chain Matters

Last week, the United States Congress passed new federal legislation related to the labeling of food ingredients, specifically food products made from genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). Consumer Goods Focused Supply Chain Food and Beverage supply chain Procurement and Sourcing Sustainability in Supply Chain challenges surrounding food and grocery industry supply chains changing food labeling requirements Supply chain Matters blog

Chipotle’s Ongoing Brand and Food Safety Crisis Continues to Hinder Return of Former Patrons

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Supply Chain Matters provides an update on the ongoing brand and supply chain related challenges that have impacted Chipotle Mexican Grill, specifically a past series of food related illnesses including E-coli and salmonella tied to the chain. Subsequent government investigations could not determine any specific causes of prior multiple outbreaks, which presented a challenge in-itself. […].

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Reducing Food Waste


One-third of edible food worldwide goes to waste, amounting to about 1.3 If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases next to China and the U.S. Technology startups are also seeking to have a more substantial role in reducing food waste.

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Some Positive Supply Chain Food Safety Efforts at Chipotle Mexican Grill

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Supply Chain Matters has featured several streaming commentaries focused on Chipotle Mexican Grill, and in our latest update, we are willing to add some praise to ongoing food safety efforts across the supply chain. Food and Beverage supply chain Procurement and Sourcing blog in supply chain management Chipotle Mexican Grill Chipotle Mexican Grill supply chain Supply chain Matters blog

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Breaking News: H.J. Heinz and Kraft Foods Mega-Merger Portend Additional Tremors Across CPG Supply Chains

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Heinz will merge with Kraft Foods Group in a combined public company that will be named Kraft Heinz Company. It would create what is expected to be the world’s fifth largest food and beverage company featuring many well-known consumer brands. This morning, financial headlines reveal the rather stunning but not unexpected news that H.J.

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FDA’s Emerging Regulations for Reduced Sodium Intake in Food Implies Broader Transparency

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Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued long overdue guidelines targeted at cutting the daily salt content for both packaged food products as well as restaurant meals. When implemented, such guidelines are obviously going to impact food related supply chains, but a proactive approach could lead to both business and […]. Earlier in the month, the U.S.

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Supply Chain Matters Founder Bob Ferrari to Speak at Intesource E-Sourcing Innovation Conference

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Such trends include more rapid advances in the technology and software applications supporting sourcing and procurement business processes. Once more, retail food and beverage and other service industries are undergoing extraordinary challenges brought about by global expansion of supply networks. Recent headlines surrounding brands such as McDonalds and KFC and their challenges with China based food suppliers are just two examples.

Overcoming the Crisis of CPG Big Food Industry Supply Chain Disruption

Supply Chain Matters

The packaged consumer product goods and food industry, specifically large, global branded firms and their supply chains, has been included in our list […]. Included in our Supply Chain Matters Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains (available for no-cost complimentary downloading in our Research Center) are what we predicted would be certain extraordinary industry-specific challenges.

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Food Waste and World Hunger – The Food Supply Chain is Broken! (Videos)

Supply Chain Game Changer

But the single most important Supply Chain is the Food Supply Chain! Our very survival depends on there even being a Food Supply Chain. On one hand there is a horrendously large amount of Food Waste. The Food Supply Chain, the most important Supply Chain in the World, is BROKEN!

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2017 Industry Specific Prediction- Consumer Packaged Food and Beverage Supply Chains

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In our recently unveiled 2017 Predictions for Industry Supply Chains (Available for complimentary downloading in our Research Center), we elected to include Consumer Packaged Food (CPG) and Beverage supply chains in our industry-specific predictions.

Country of Origin Legislative Actions for Food Has Broader Industry Supply Chain Implications

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The reasons are obvious- consumers demand and expect knowledge as to the specific sourcing origins of food products. Consumer Goods Focused Supply Chain Food and Beverage supply chain Global Trade Issues Procurement and Sourcing Service Parts Planning Supply Chain Risk Management COOL meat labeling law in the United States Livingston International Supply chain Matters blog

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GS1 Registry: Achieving Food Security with Sustainable Farming Standards


The leading global organization that develops and maintains the most widely-used standards system in the world helps address the issues concerning food security by sharing its own standards. The summit focuses on food security and sustainable agriculture to empower farmers.

Fresh food logistics: A better approach with optimization


According to online sources, a total of seven regions in France are supplying 6,500 tonnes of oysters per year to the whole of Europe. With this in mind, time is certainly money when it comes to the delivery of oysters – and all fresh food logistics, basically.

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Locally Sourced and Organic…”*Where You Can!”


I had an interesting discussion with an expert in the food industry, and we discussed some of the emerging trends going on in food packaging and local sourcing for food. It turns out that consumers are now getting very picky about where and how their food was grown, and what they are ingesting into their bodies. The food expert I spoke with noted that many of the food packaging companies are beginning to add the term Locally Sourced and Organic.

How a frozen food brand tamed their deliciously complex supply chain


In the heart of America is a global frozen food brand with a mission: To make the most delicious food using the best quality ingredients. Our goal is to make the most delicious food with the best quality ingredients, and this brings complexity into our supply chain.”.

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Five Capabilities to Take the Food and Beverage Supply Chain to the Next Level


Food and beverage supply chains face mounting pressure to reduce costs, add more value and do more with fewer resources. Food and beverage companies run on razor-thin margins. White Paper: Food & Drink Customer Centricity.

Go Digital: How Technology Improves the Food Service Supply Chain


In recent years, there's been a strong movement to eat more locally grown foods. People want to support local farmers and they want to know where their food comes from. It seems as though there's a new food recall every day.

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Eliminating Food Waste in the Agricultural Supply Chain


There’s nothing worse than when the food in your refrigerator goes bad. For food and beverage manufacturers, spoilage during transit is a major source of revenue loss: 30% of all food loss occurs post-harvest, including during transit.

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Chinese Puzzle: Reducing the Risk of Food Contamination

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China is the third-largest source of food imported into the U.S., but is responsible for the highest number of imported food safety alerts received by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA).

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Challenges Facing Local Foods in North Carolina

Supply Chain View from the Field

As we noted in my prior blog, one of the biggest challenges for local food producers is the ability to discover and develop market channels to get their produce, fish, meat, poultry, or dairy products to the market. For some reason, people are loath to spend money on food. There is a reason why so much fast food is bad for you – the alternatives in terms of finding flavorful food for many people are few.

Expediting Recalls in the Food and Beverage Industry


Throughout the food supply chain, food supplies come from many places, travel for long distances, and are handled by many people. As such, contamination – and subsequent food recalls – are a fact of life for many food and beverage (F&B) companies. Food travels a lot.

How Big Food and Beverage Could Revolutionize the Natural Movement


The fast food giant uses around two billion eggs each year, prompting many to ask the same question: are there enough cage-free eggs to make that many Egg McMuffins? Since McDonald’s isn’t the only food provider opting for cage-free eggs, there’s a risk of undersupply.