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Refrigerated and Frozen Foods: Staying Cool, Calm, and Compliant

Posted by Siobhan Welch

Oct 17 2017
Oct 17 2017

There’s a lot of cool things happening in refrigerated and frozen foods. Consumers are enjoying more diversified breakfasts and snacks, which means more options for frozen foods. 

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Topics: SQF Code, FSMA, Refrigerated and Frozen Foods, AFFI

5 Resources to Meet Protein Processing Challenges

Posted by Siobhan Welch

Oct 6 2017
Oct 6 2017

Protein processing may face more challenges than any other food sector. Meat and poultry account for the largest segment of U.S. agriculture, according to NAMI. With more pressures on the meat industry, it can feel like a juggling act keeping up with competing interests – animal welfare, dangerous micro-organisms, sustainability, and safety – while still meeting production goals. While it may present a challenge, it’s not impossible.

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Topics: Food Safety, OSHA, HACCP, Protein, NAMI

Top Ten Takeaways from Alchemy Engage 2017

Posted by Robyn Goddard

Oct 5 2017
Oct 5 2017

We had such good time this year at our Alchemy Engage conference! For three days, over 400 food manufacturing professionals and leaders met at the Hyatt Regency in sunny Austin, Texas, to talk  about engaging workers to achieve company safety quality, and productivity goals. CEO Jeff Eastman kicked off Engage with our three big conference goals: to share best practices, network with peers, and learn new technologies.

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Topics: Alchemy Conference

3 Ways Science Can Help Mitigate Food Safety Risks in the Global Food Supply Chain

Posted by Karl Deily

Sep 28 2017
Sep 28 2017

With the rise of global food production and trade, the food supply chain is becoming longer and more complex, which increases the requirement for food security. As global regulations change and consumer demands increase, products need to satisfy a greater number of food security or food safety requirements. Here are a few ways science can help tackle these risks:

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Topics: Food Safety

Alchemy Engage – Keynote Spotlight

Posted by Robyn Goddard

Sep 5 2017
Sep 5 2017

At the Alchemy Engage Conference, we always aim to offer keynote sessions that inspire and motivate. This year, we took it up a notch and we’re offering not one, but two keynote sessions! Our speakers are sure to ignite ideas that you can take back and use within your organization.

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Topics: Alchemy Conference

Top 10 Challenges for Food Manufacturers

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Aug 31 2017
Aug 31 2017

Food manufacturers face unique challenges on a daily basis. In my 30+ years of food industry experience, I have seen these challenges first-hand. Based on my experience, I have identified 10 key challenges that food manufacturers face.

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Topics: Food Safety

Network with Peers at Alchemy Engage

Posted by Robyn Goddard

Aug 18 2017
Aug 18 2017

At the Alchemy Engage Conference, we make sure everyone has a variety of great educational sessions and activities to choose from throughout the three-day event. But we never forget to leave some time for fun, too! Here are three networking opportunities you won’t want to miss this year.

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Topics: Alchemy Conference

Choose Good Metrics to Move Your Food Safety Training Forward

Posted by Laura Dunn Nelson

Aug 14 2017
Aug 14 2017

More and more food companies are making their training and learning systems a priority these days, and rightly so. After all, your frontline food workers are your biggest asset for keeping people and products safe. But are you evaluating your training to assess its true effectiveness? How do you know your training efforts and costs are paying off?

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Topics: Food Safety

Create Your Blueprint to Improved Food Safety and Quality Culture

Posted by Lone Jespersen

Aug 8 2017
Aug 8 2017
The connection between organizational culture and company performance was proven a long time ago by professionals such as Dan Denison, John Kotter, and Edgar Schein. Today, the challenge we have in front of us as food professionals is to transfer this proven connection in our companies to improve food safety and quality. 
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Topics: Food Safety

Continuous Improvement: A Journey Worth Taking

Posted by Holly Mockus

Jul 28 2017
Jul 28 2017

Organizational change and the concept of continuous improvement should go hand in hand. Any continuous improvement journey is just that – a journey, not an end-point. Successful programs will continuously change to meet the needs of the business and stakeholders. Change can bring lots of speed bumps, road blocks, and yield signs if not managed from a positive perspective, and it’s important to remember that faster is not always better. Here are a few helpful hints in managing the change that accompanies continuous improvement:

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Topics: Operations

Cleaning, Sanitation, and Environmental Monitoring Programs – How They Work Together

Posted by Laura Dunn Nelson

Jul 18 2017
Jul 18 2017

Food production operations generally devote an entire shift plus fully dedicated teams to painstakingly clean and sanitize their plants. It’s a critical element of each company’s food safety system. Cleaning and sanitation crews must know how to disassemble complex processing equipment, which cleaning solutions to apply, and how to apply them effectively.

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Topics: Food Safety

FDA Implementing FSMA: Program Realignment Building a Firm Foundation

Jul 14 2017
Jul 14 2017

FDA is full-speed ahead with rolling out the Food Safety Modernization Act (commonly referred to as “FSMA”). With FSMA, FDA seeks to overhaul the U.S. regime for food safety – from a regime that reacted to safety outbreaks to one that seeks to prevent them. A key pillar in this preventive model is the Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls Rule (HARPC or PCR).

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Topics: Food Safety

Your Dairy’s Best Food Safety Asset: Your Frontline Workforce

Posted by Holly Mockus

Jul 11 2017
Jul 11 2017

Alignment of the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) with the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule (PCHF) under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) sounds like a giant bowl of alphabet soup once you get all the letters into the mix. The upshot of all these acronyms coming together is an awesome opportunity for dairy food safety professionals to roll up their sleeves and turn their programs from plain old soup to the cream of the crop.

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Topics: Food Safety

FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule: Q&A with Industry Experts

Posted by Samantha Cooper

Jul 5 2017
Jul 5 2017

Companies with more than $500,000 in annual revenue must now comply with FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Rule. Samantha Cooper, Senior Manager of Food Safety and Quality Assurance at the Grocery Manufacturers Association and Laura Dunn Nelson, Alchemy’s Vice President of Food Safety & Global Alliances, explained the rule’s requirements on Alchemy’s recent webinar.

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Topics: Food Safety

5 Tips to Engage Your Gen Y and Gen Z Employees

Posted by Michael Holland

Jun 30 2017
Jun 30 2017

With baby boomers aging and retiring and members of Generation X now well into their forties, Gen Y — otherwise known as Millennials — and post-Millennial Gen Z will now provide the bulk of your restaurant team members. They’re younger, more “connected” in terms of technology, and often much less experienced regarding common workplace norms.

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Topics: Restaurant

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