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Aaron Cohen

Aaron Cohen co-founded CoInspect to make food safer and filing cabinets obsolete. CoInspect software powers food safety, quality assurance, and standards management for restaurants and food manufacturers. The company's obsession: Make software that is fast, flexible, and easy-to-use.

Recent Posts

Should Restaurants Replace Humans with Technology?

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Jan 17, 2019 5:28:18 PM

Flippy is capable of grilling 150 burgers per hour.

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Topics: Food Safety, Food Tech, Technology

Robots and humans must work collaboratively to make our foods safer

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Jan 15, 2019 12:50:40 AM

Sally, a salad-making robot, is programmed to create fresh, healthy and safe salads, based on each customer’s specific requests. Chowbotics, the company behind Sally, created a robot that would not only increase efficiency, but also safety, in restaurants. Sally is notable because of the proprietary technology developed to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Her ingredients are kept sanitary, separate, and regularly replenished, reducing the risk for contamination. 

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Topics: food service, Food Safety, Food Safety Technology

Mobile Tools for Streamlining Restaurant Inspection Compliance

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Jan 10, 2019 6:01:32 PM

Restaurant inspections are necessary but can be time-consuming and unorganized, particularly because nearly 90% of American restaurants use paper as their core technology. Restaurant inspection apps enable managers and owners to streamline the process and make it easier for the already digitally savvy millennials.

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Topics: restaurant inspection app

Tech Solutions Are Elevating Food Safety in Manufacturing

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Dec 19, 2018 5:37:56 PM

The culture of food safety is strong and intensely positive in food manufacturing – seemingly more so than in other areas of the food industry. There’s great sensitivity to avoiding allergens, bacteria, and various other potential pathogens, which is critically important when manufacturing safer foods. Manufacturers are very motivated to avoid recalls – the cost of recalls is far greater for manufacturers than other food business sectors, like restaurants. In addition, particularly in mea

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Topics: Food Safety

Why healthier foods are making your customers sick

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Nov 19, 2018 11:17:42 PM

 

There's no denying that fast casual/fast food restaurants have seen a surge of foodborne illness outbreaks recently. Over the past few months, some of our nation's biggest chains — including McDonald's, Chipotle and Panera — have experienced frightening food safety breaches, which sickened hundreds of guests.

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Topics: Fast Food, Food Safety, Food Tech

Do Daily Restaurant Inspections Have to Suck?

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Nov 13, 2018 4:00:18 PM

Over the past year, I’ve met with nearly 50 chain restaurant companies that vary in size from 10 to 10,000 units.  I’ve had conversations with Safety, Operations, Supply Chain, and Facility executives in and out of C-suites.  While different companies face different challenges, one thing is clear across the board: restaurant inspections – and the antiquated, paper-based inspection processes – suck.  In 85% of the visits, executives said their restaurant managers pencil whip daily, weekly, and monthly inspections. The old-fashioned clipboard and pencil system is inefficient.  For one thing, it’s incredibly time consuming.

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Topics: Restaurant Inspection, Food Inspection, Food Tech

How Full-Service Restaurants Can Thrive in the Mobile Era

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Oct 29, 2018 8:22:09 PM

A MOVEMENT IS AFOOT IN THE FAST-GROWING SECTORS OF THE FULL-SERVICE SPACE TO UPGRADE OPERATING TECHNOLOGY.

 

Hairnets and name tags will make a triumphant return to my household this summer. I have two teenagers and restaurant work beckons. But Generation Z runs their entire life—from homework to paying for movie tickets—on their phones. How will the restaurant industry, which counts millions of teenagers as employees, alter its workflow for a mobile generation?  

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Topics: Food Safety, Mobile Technology, Food Safety Technology

Touchy Feely Restaurant Screens Covered with Creepy Crawlies

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Oct 18, 2018 5:22:00 PM

Restaurants are increasingly moving from clipboards and pens to digital technology. And they should. These digital tools streamline and simplify multiple processes – from taking customers’ orders to facilitating inspections.

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Topics: Food Safety, Food Inspection

Walmart, IBM and the Romaine Blockchain

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Oct 9, 2018 8:34:36 AM

Food Engineering features some thoughts on the recent Romaine lettuce contamination by Aaron Cohen, co-founder of CoInspect and adjunct professor at New York University where he teaches the History of Internet Media. Wayne Labs, FE senior technical editor, conducted an exclusive, one-on-one interview with Cohen, immediately following Cohen’s text. Cohen has been CEO of several technology companies including MenuPages, which was acquired by Seamless.

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Healthy Eating Trend Equals Greater Risk for Foodborne Illness

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Oct 4, 2018 5:35:42 PM

Restaurants must take food safety seriously—every employee, every day, on every shift.

Today’s consumers are seeking fresher, healthier food, focusing more on salads and other produce versus more processed, high-fat convenience foods. As Americans demand healthier products, restaurants and other food businesses are responding with fresher ingredients. And this is a big reason that we’ve seen a huge uptick in foodborne illnesses lately. It’s a great irony that produce and other fresh foods are healthier for consumers to eat, but they inherently carry more food safety risk.

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Topics: Food Safety, Food Safety Technology