Serialisation in the food industry: outsmarting the copycats

When people think of “knock-off” goods, the first thing that springs in mind tend to be luxury products and electronics. But in reality, it’s just as likely to be food and beverages that are copied somehow adulterated by unscrupulous opportunists. When products change hands a number of times, there is a lack of real-time transparency that can allow food fraud, falsification and adulteration to slip through the net undetected. Each process involved in creating a product, from inception through packaging and shipping, is an opportunity for foul play. Counterfeit food products infringe intellectual property rights, while substandard food products fail […]

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Product traceability: beyond food safety to competitive differentiator

The rise in global trade has brought a wider variety of foods than ever within reach of consumers markets such as Europe and North America, But the tangled web that is today’s food supply chain creates new challenges to protect brand value, build consumer trust and demonstrate leadership in product integrity. The drivers of traceability Food safety Safety is the number one concern in the food industry – particularly instances where there is a need to notify, withdraw or recall products to prevent food-borne illness outbreaks. For example, in August 2017, food safety authorities across Europe were notified that eggs […]

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Reducing food waste with a FEFO-enabled picking strategy

Every year, a staggering 88 million tons of food is discarded between farm and fork across Europe, at an estimated cost of €143 billion. Food waste is often symptomatic of developed countries’ consumerist lifestyles beyond immediate food safety standards, with shoppers typically expecting at least three to five days of shelf life beyond purchase. A sizeable proportion of losses is incurred by retailers, whether through inappropriate quality control, overstocking or inaccurate forecasting. But in supply chains for perishable products, all partners should share the responsibility for minimising losses and getting high quality products to the end consumer. Preservation and packaging […]

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The Amazon Factor: Are you ready for business and digital disruption?

Amazon’s 2017 acquisition of organic and natural foods retailer Whole Foods, created another example of business disruption. With share prices falling for grocery businesses such as Kroger and Walmart, plus a slump in stock price for brands Hershey and Campbell Soup due to investor concern over Amazon’s ruthless price cutting. Will we see the e-commerce giant changing the dynamics of the brick and mortar grocery segment, and the effect rippling across the supply chain? For sure distributors and manufacturers will have to accept business and digital disruption will affect them in one way or another. Business and digital disruption is […]

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Is your picking strategy past its shelf life?

It’s a familiar scenario: you’re in the refrigerator aisle at the supermarket, buying orange juice. You hunt towards the back of the shelf and pick the bottles with the latest expiry dates so they’ll keep longer. Yet at home, you’re annoyed by that family member who simply grabs the first bottle of OJ to hand, rather than the one they’re “supposed” to use which expires first. In perishable food products, large losses are incurred between farm and fork due to spoilage. So it’s hardly surprising that there has been an explosion of novel technologies designed to extend the freshness and […]

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