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Food Businesses: Will Failure to Innovate be Your Downfall?

By Diane Harvey | Posted in BLOG, Food and Beverage, Foodservice

There are many risks in the food industry.  With food safety, food testing and potentially food crime to now be concerned with, running a food processing or manufacturing business is continuously growing in complexity.

Recently Food Manufacture Magazine reported that recommendations to the Government, of tightening the auditing of food premises and establishing a Food Crime Unit, made by Professor Chris Elliott, who is conducting the independent enquiry into 2013’s horse-meat contamination scandal, are likely to be implemented.

This of course is good news to retailers and consumers, but for those creating the products and having to track them from ingredient to plate, this is another line of red tape that food companies must comply with – and quite rightly so – but with what impact on the way that you run your business?

Historically, food businesses are not early adopters of technology but could it now be the most advantageous time to change your game and invest in technological innovation?

Many food businesses are finding this is the case, as technology that simply and easily manages compliance and traceability is becoming essential in order to maintain efficiency and to grow as a business, at a time when numerous legalities are being thrown into a pot that is already at risk of boiling over and leaving food businesses in a sticky mess.

Even if you feel as though your business can cope, it’s worth having a look at what is available at this point, so that if you do feel as though processes could be made significantly easier with time (as more compliance issues are sure to arise as the food industry continues to grow) you’ll have an idea of what the latest technology is and where to find it.

Read ‘Planning for Your Food Business ERP Project’ for tips on how to take the next step and begin a search that will point you in the direction of a solution that is specifically created with food businesses like yours in mind.

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