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Alchemy Earns Top Workplace Honor 4th Year in a Row

Posted by Wes Burke

Nov 5 2017
Nov 5 2017

We’re excited to announce that Alchemy has won a spot on the highly coveted Austin American-Statesman Top Workplaces list for the fourth year in a row! The Statesman chooses the best places to work in Austin based on data from anonymous surveys sent to current employees at eligible companies. With 140 Alchemists at our Austin headquarters (and 300 total across U.S. and Canada), Alchemy competed in the medium-sized company category.

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Topics: Alchemy News

Unpacking Potential Problems: Are Packaging Employees Prepared?

Posted by Siobhan Welch

Nov 3 2017
Nov 3 2017

The packaging industry faces unique safety and operational challenges. Between the threat of physical injury, safety hazards, sanitation issues, and expanding regulations, your frontline employees have a lot to manage. Addressing these concerns while maintaining high production levels will continue to test package manufacturing companies.

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Topics: Food Safety, Workplace Safety

Are You Ready for the Next Big Storm?

Posted by Siobhan Welch

Oct 27 2017
Oct 27 2017

With the Gulf Coast still feeling the effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the overall damage to the U.S. food supply has yet to be determined. Hurricane Katrina was an epic catastrophe for the food supply. Case in point: North America’s oldest cold storage company, based in New Orleans, lost power for weeks and was later declared a toxic waste site

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Topics: Food Safety, Operations

Strengths and Opportunities for Bakery and Snacks

Posted by Siobhan Welch

Oct 20 2017
Oct 20 2017

Things are looking pretty sweet in Bakery and Snacks. Bread is back, and the sandwich is enjoying a bit of a renaissance in all its glorious forms: burgers, bahn mis, tortas, gyros. Enriched and sprouted grains are also on the rise, ensuring the low-carb craze has finally cooled off.

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Topics: Food Safety, Operations

3 Ways to Make Your Safety Training Stick

Posted by Holly Mockus

Oct 18 2017
Oct 18 2017

Research suggests that the average human attention span has shrunk to an astonishing 8.3 seconds,1 and people forget 90% of newly learned information within one week.2 Perhaps not surprisingly, 62% of food industry employees aren’t adhering to their food or workplace safety programs on the floor,3 which raises a big red flag because it increases the likelihood of safety incidents occurring. So how can we overcome this tendency to forget and boost employee knowledge retention to support correct and safe behaviors on the floor?

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Topics: Training

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: Food Safety, Operations

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, Operations

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 Engage

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 Engage

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: Operations

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 Engage

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: Training

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

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