Savvy food and beverage manufacturers know that our industry is constantly reinventing itself. More than 30,000 new products are introduced by food and beverage producers every year. According to the USDA, the new products are primarily snacks, bakery foods, sauces, dressing and condiments. The greatest challenge for manufacturers is to shift quickly to meet consumer demands – while decreasing costs, adding value and empowering enterprise-wide innovation.
An old television set carelessly tossed out in the street. Full blue garbage bags are lost in the forest. Cans, plastic bags and other packaging in the middle of a field. People are inspired with limitless ways to dispose of their trash – and it doesn’t seem to matter to them that they are not only destroying the environment, but also risking hefty fines. Proper waste disposal is not only a problem for households, but also for businesses in the food and beverage industry, especially, when they export their products to countries like Belgium.
Many companies choose to hire internal compliance officers or chief ethics officers to fill crucial roles. Compliance team members are not only responsible for company-wide compliance, they are charged with protecting the company from any type of regulatory issues that may arise – quite simply, they make a significant contribution to overall compliance with food and beverage-related regulations.Regulatory compliance involves exemplary attention to detail, fast reaction times and ethical conduct in a constantly changing environment.
According to the National Institute of Health, U.S. National Library of Medicine, food fraud is a global epidemic. Deceitful practices in the food and beverage industry costs millions of dollars, disrupt the market for a myriad of products, erode consumer confidence in manufacturers and damage the reputation of entire sectors of the industry.
Innovation or compliance, which comes first? Many food engineers and food and beverage manufacturers struggle with restrictive compliance regulations – others with driving innovation without running afoul of compliance procedures.
Urban gardening, open source gardens or a simple vegetable patch in your backyard – the trend is toward do-it-yourself farm-to-table living. Regardless of whether it is the obligatory basil pot, tomato plants on the balcony or a raised garden bed with potatoes, cucumbers, onions and carrots - many people have stopped trusting industrial and mass-produced grocery store goods. Food and beverage manufacturers are facing their greatest challenge - risk assessment of materials that come into contact with food.
The purpose of product information management is to optimize the quality of product data on a single platform, improve communication with consumers and increase sales. PIM provides the platform for product information distribution across channels.
Imagine searching for a specific regulation. Start in your library, you probably have access to at least 90,000 books – but where do you begin? You could waste hours or even days trying to locate the rules that apply to your products. This is not an unrealistic scenario for manufacturers in the food and beverage industry, this is part of their daily work.
This trend marks the last two years: food and beverage companies that sell their products without packaging. In Germany, there are about 70 companies like these, and the trend is increasing. However, this is still a niche market, as packaging with product information is an important factor for consumers when deciding whether or not to purchase the product. Compliance plays an important role and is key for guaranteeing that the labels and product information meet customer demands. Read more here about meeting compliance and how that benefits manufacturers in the food and beverage industry.
If you work as a manufacturer in the food and beverage industry, you know that there is a copious volume of legal guidelines and requirements to adhere to. Particularly in terms of food product labels, specific national and international legislation governs the sale and distribution of goods. This is due to the informed consumer, the driving force in this industry. Whenever dietary habits change, so do product labeling specifications, the most recent example being the enactment of a new US-American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations to come into effect on July 26, 2018, which will necessitate manufacturers to do complete redesign of their labels.
Food is seldom safe from contaminants, they can be from human error or hazardous materials. Food contact materials such as cutlery, crockery, cartons, packaging, and kitchen equipment often contain microorganisms and chemicals which can detract from food quality and make it unfit for consumption. When this happens, food fails to meet the requirements set out by global governing bodies in the Food & Beverage industry.
In the Food & Beverages industry, compliance is of extreme importance because of the nature of the products manufactured. Food and beverages directly affect the health of the consumer. Businesses have a moral obligation to be aware of what goes into the production and sale of the products.