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Manik Suri

Manik Suri is co-founder and CEO of CoInspect, a company that vows to make food safer and filing cabinets obsolete. Its software powers food safety, quality assurance, and standards management for restaurants and food manufacturers.

Recent Posts

CoInspect Goes Continuous: 24/7 Equipment Temperature Monitoring

Posted by Manik Suri on Jul 15, 2019 7:05:00 AM

Time and Temp Issues Are Expensive

Imagine this scenario:  Your restaurant loses power overnight.  When your General Manager (GM) opens the restaurant the next morning, she finds the walk-in fridge is not working, and she has no idea how long it’s been down.  There’s no way to tell exactly what time the power went out, or whether food product has been out of temperature range for more than 4 hours (the “danger zone”).  The GM is forced to throw out thousands of dollars’ worth of product to avoid possible food safety issues.  To make matters worse, now your staff doesn’t have the items they need for the popular special you’re running this month.

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Topics: Food Safety Technology, Technology, Food Tech, Internet of Things, food service, inspection, sensors

Boost Your Brand with Better Site Visits

Posted by Manik Suri on Feb 25, 2019 12:29:44 PM

 

Are you looking to expand your brand to new locations? Or tighten your operations to ensure your guests receive an exceptional experience?

They're often feared and disliked, but site visits -- also called “corporate audits” or “location reviews” -- are essential to building a great brand.

All of the leading brands in retail, hospitality, and food service design site visit programs to ensure operational excellence. Here’s how you can, too.

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Topics: corporate audit, third party audit, site visit, inspection, brand review, mystery shop

How to Win in Food Retail

Posted by Manik Suri on Feb 20, 2019 5:18:49 PM

Running a successful supermarket or grocery store is tough. Profit margins are notoriously slim, customers can be difficult to please, and overhead can crush cashflow. One of the most potentially daunting aspects of food retail, however, is the risk of making guests sick through spoiled or contaminated food.

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Topics: Quality Assurance, Compliance, Food Safety, Grocery Store, Supermarkets, Food Retail

Rodent Poop, the Olympics and Food Safety Inspections that Work

Posted by Manik Suri on Nov 6, 2018 3:50:43 PM

 

 

What is your organization doing to make sure that every meal is safe?

Another day, another potentially brand damaging story—just ask Little Caesars. On February 7, the health department closed down an Indianapolis-based location because customers found some rodent feces on their pizza—it was clearly a food safety violation, and pretty disgusting. Meanwhile on the other side of the planet, athletes prepared their entire lives to compete in the Olympics. More than 100 people contracted Norovirus around the Olympic sites in Pyeongchang, where the athletes were in danger of getting a violent, contagious stomach illness that would derail their dreams and prohibit them from competing.

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Topics: Food Safety, Food Inspection

Why America's Food Safety Culture is Broken

Posted by Manik Suri on Sep 20, 2018 8:52:45 PM

 

WE MUST RETHINK ORGANIZATIONAL PRIORITIES STARTING AT THE C-SUITE. 

 

Over the past year, I have met more than 100 highly dedicated, thoughtful food safety leaders—and they are an anxious lot. You see, they know better than every executive, investor, regulator, and customer how broken the American food safety system is. But they can’t fix it.

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Topics: Food Safety Technology, Food Safety

What Google Can Teach Restaurants

Posted by Manik Suri on Sep 19, 2017 7:37:46 AM

 

Most people don’t know what Google’s PageRank really means.  It’s not a ranking of website pages, it’s named for Google co-founder Larry Page because he devised the initial algorithm to rank a website’s importance.  While the formula is a closely guarded secret, it’s commonly understood that the genius of PageRank is how it uses the “wisdom of crowds” to distinguish the value of two search results.  Simply put, the more sites that link to you, the more likely you are to improve your PageRank.  The quantity and quality of links improves PageRank.  Better that The New York Times link to your most recent post than your mother’s chocolate chip cookie blog.

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Topics: Operational Line Checks, Restaurants, Operations

A Message from our Founder and CEO: MeWe is now CoInspect

Posted by Manik Suri on Sep 15, 2017 12:27:49 AM

I’m excited to announce that, beginning today, we are renaming our company CoInspect.

Many of you already know and use our CoInspect application regularly.  We’re excited to build on that experience and embrace the spirit of cooperation and collaboration that lies at our roots.

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Topics: Mobile Software, CoInspect Updates

How Fast Casual Saved the Restaurant Business from Being the Next Big Tobacco

Posted by Manik Suri on Sep 13, 2017 6:44:05 AM

 

In 1998, the American Government reached a Master Settlement with the tobacco industry which provided $500 million to The Truth to prevent young people from becoming cigarette smokers.  

A decade earlier, I was the beneficiary of youth anti-smoking marketing. In my high school staircases, the health department placed posters with the following prose:

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Topics: Fast Food, Restaurants, Brand Standards, Operations, Technology, Food Tech

MeWe Builds a Bridge Between Government and Business

Posted by Manik Suri on Jul 19, 2017 7:04:54 AM

We’re excited to announce that MeWe was recently featured in TechCrunch to highlight our work in the public and private sectors! A snippet of the piece is below along with a link to the full article on TechCrunch:

Manik Suri, a former D.E. Shaw hedge fund wunderkind, for years has been wrestling with how best to help government put compliance policy into practice.

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Topics: Operations, CoInspect Updates, Government

How Mobile Checklists can Help Manage FSMA Compliance on Prevention Controls

Posted by Manik Suri on Nov 8, 2016 7:38:02 AM

The final rules on prevention controls in human and animal food were announced on August 31, 2016. While the dialog about the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) has been primarily focused on “What is going to be required by a company?”, it is quickly shifting to “How am I going to make sure we are compliant?” If you look at what being FSMA compliant means, it really comes down to defining gaps in your current food safety systems, updating your programs to fill those gaps, and implementing an ongoing program backed up by comprehensive program documentation and record keeping. This is where mobile checklists can help your organization tackle these compliance challenges effectively and efficiently.

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Topics: Brand Standards, Operations, Quality Assurance, Food Safety