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NAMI Animal Welfare & Handling Tips

Sep 25 2018
Sep 25 2018

Proper animal welfare and handing is critical to operations in the poultry and beef industries. However, many of the rules and guidelines aren’t intuitive for employees. I’ve spent many years developing and teaching animal welfare and handling practices that I’ve shared in this free webinar.

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Topics: Operations, Webinar

5 Resources to Meet Protein Processing Challenges

Posted by Siobhan Welch

Aug 31 2018
Aug 31 2018

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

The Rise of Variety Bread and How to Meet Consumer Expectations: Q&A with Baking Industry Expert

Posted by Siobhan Welch

Dec 18 2017
Dec 18 2017

The popularity of variety and artisan bread has been on a steady rise for the past several years, due to consumer expectations and their growing interest in health trends. Because the process of producing variety and artisan bread differs from pan bread, training for baking professionals is paramount. David Bauman, Baking Professional for AIB International who specializes in bread and rolls, explains how learning the art of popular variety and artisan bread will help companies capture a valuable market.

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Topics: Food Safety, Operations

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

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

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

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 9 tips for managing change amid continuous improvement:

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Topics: Operations

Under Construction: Tips for Building Terrific Training Courses

Jun 8 2017
Jun 8 2017

Here at Alchemy, we’ve been helping companies create effective training courses for more than a decade. It can be difficult to transform an initial idea into a fully-formed training course, and people often ask us where to start. Here are some guidelines to help you build terrific training courses that will engage your learners.

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Topics: Operations

Video: Total Operational Performance

Posted by Jeff Chilton

May 25 2017
May 25 2017

In this excerpt from his 2016 Alchemy Conference presentation, expert consultant Jeff Chilton discusses the Total Operational Performance System (TOPS), which he developed based on his 30+ years of experience in the food industry. TOPS is an integrated management system that helps food organizations optimize performance throughout the entire company, with the goal of achieving operational excellence.

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Topics: Operations

The ROI of Employee Engagement

Posted by Raj Shah

Feb 24 2017
Feb 24 2017

It’s a truism in business that employee engagement is key to employee performance. But what does “employee engagement” even mean? At a high level, think of it as employees making their best effort on the job, fully committed to their company’s values and goals, and contributing to the company’s success. Of course, this definition will vary by company, job, and individual. When you look at the ROI metrics of positively engaged employees, the numbers are convincing.

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Topics: Operations, Training

4 Parts of Culture that Impact Total Operational Performance

Feb 16 2017
Feb 16 2017

Based on his 30+ years of experience in the food industry, expert consultant Jeff Chilton has developed a holistic approach to continuous performance improvement called the Total Operational Performance System (TOPS). TOPS is an integrated management system that helps food organizations optimize performance throughout the entire company with the goal of achieving operational excellence. How? By prioritizing food and workplace safety, quality, yield, and productivity — in that order.

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Topics: Operations

Reduce Lost Profit from Food Waste: Industry Tax Benefits of Food Donations

Posted by Tara Guthrie

Dec 13 2016
Dec 13 2016

Congress recently passed a permanent extension of their enhanced tax deductions for food donations  found in Section 170(e)(3) of the U.S. Tax Code. Per the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, the extension and modification of the charitable deduction for donated food inventory contains four significant changes that benefit companies who give back:

  1. Permanently extends the enhanced tax deduction for food donations
  2. Increases the deduction’s cap to 15% of the donor’s net income
  3. Provides certain taxpayers a new optional formula for calculating the enhanced deduction
  4. Provides a formula for determining the fair market value (FMV) of food inventory
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Topics: Operations

Brexit – How Can the Meat Industry Benefit?

Posted by Tara Guthrie

Jul 15 2016
Jul 15 2016

In a recent piece by UK-based Meat Packing Journal, British industry insiders weighed in on how the meat industry may get a bottom-line boost as a result of Brexit. 

What will Brexit mean? The one thing we can tell you with absolute certainty is that there has never been a time like this when buying British equipment and distribution or co-packing services; in the short term, at least, it means getting a real bargain.

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Topics: Operations, Food Safety

Key Takeaways from Food Logistics Forum

Posted by Holly Mockus

Jun 16 2016
Jun 16 2016

The American Frozen Foods Institute (AFFI) Logistics Forum provided an opportunity to bring together many different stakeholders that are affected not only by the FSMA Sanitary Transport Rule, but also by the same headwinds that are affecting the entire food industry.  Attendees also had a chance to meet Alison Bodor, the new AFFI President and CEO at the event. The forum shared a wealth of useful information, from legislative topics to case studies, panel discussions, sector summaries by subject matter experts, as well as providing opportunities for networking. To say the least, this conference was value packed.

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Topics: Operations, Food Safety

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