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Why You Want a Meat Distributor with an Interest in the IoT

Posted by Ed Rodden

Mar 11, 2016 2:00:00 PM

While there are many new additions to flavorings, presentations, pack sizes and other format-based attributes of meat, the core product remains essentially the same. This means that meat distributors have begun to hone their offerings in the treatment, transport and storage of that product to remain competitive. If your current or potential meat distributor doesn't utilize the IoT and supply chain data in their handling, it may be time to find a new one. Careful and transparent supply chain control leads to a better presentation, taste and perception on the consumer end of the food supply chain, after all. Companies that are still using "analog" meat suppliers as tech marches forward could find themselves outmatched among competitors.

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Topics: Technology, Supply Chain

How the IoT Will Innovate Food Supply Chain Management

Posted by Ed Rodden

Feb 12, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Imagine needing to harvest ice, pack it in sawdust and keep it in underground cellars over the warm months just to transport perishables a short distance. Without technology, this would be a reality of distributing edible goods, but, thankfully, supply chain management and technology has kept pace with society. Even advances we've come to rely on — refrigerated trucks and real-time GPS tracking — are becoming commonplace as new innovations like the Internet of Things, or IoT, emerge to revolutionize operational efficiency within the supply chain.

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Topics: Supply Chain

What Will the Bacon Manufacturing Plant of the Future Look Like?

Posted by Ed Rodden

Jan 29, 2016 1:30:00 PM

2015 was not a great year for the food industry. One food safety nightmare after another made the news. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration listed 28 separate recalls and alerts for the month of December alone. Those recalls represented products ranging from dietary supplements to fresh farm produce which were recalled for a whole array of problems —salmonella, E. coli and listeria contamination, undeclared milk, soy and eggs, contamination with glass and metal fragments.

Brand after brand struggled when problems with their products arose, which sometimes made their customers seriously sick, and lead to food recalls. Once problems were detected, these companies at times found it difficult to pinpoint just where the problems had originated. Was it with the original supplier? Did contamination take place during production? Was the food mishandled during shipping? All of this confusion left many consumers with a bad taste in their mouths, and many brands saw their customer base shrink.

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Topics: Food Safety, Bacon, Technology