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The Next Restaurant Tech Wave: IoT

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Sep 28, 2017 7:07:25 AM

For the past 3 years, American restaurant chains have invested in a series of technologies designed to boost revenues and improve customer loyalty.  Atop every front counter is a loyalty program tablet-based payment system. Signage encourages you to download the company’s new delivery app and every other television ad drives you to engage with the company’s digital presence.  The most recent technology cycle has focused on revenue growth through digital innovation. As that cycle matures, operators need new sources of economic opportunity and the next wave -- the Internet of Things -- is surging towards the kitchen.   

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Topics: Food Safety Technology, Restaurants, Tech, Operations, Restaurant Tech, Food Safety, Internet of Things, Quality Management

4 Reasons American Food Companies Use Pen and Paper as Their Core Safety Technology

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Aug 29, 2017 9:41:58 AM

The 5 trillion dollar food industry takes safety exceptionally seriously.  Customer health and safety depend on rigorous, continuous protocols. Mistakes have devastating financial and cultural consequences for these companies.

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Topics: Compliance, Food Safety, Operations, Quality Assurance, Safety and Quality Inspections, Technology

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, Food Safety, Operations, Quality Assurance

How Digital Audit Logs Reduce Food Safety Litigation Costs and Risks

Posted by Manik Suri on Oct 17, 2016 8:05:01 AM

 

Guest Post by: Rosalinda Cerna, MPH, CP-FS, EHS

Environmental Health and Safety Manager, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services

It is estimated each year that one in six Americans (about 48 million people) gets sick of foodborne illnesses. Each year, 128,000 people end up hospitalized and the annual cost of foodborne illness is around $152 million. With recent events at Chipotle, Blue Bell, and Dole Foods amongst others, food safety has become a very high profile issue. The growing cost and risks around foodborne illness-related incidents has led the food industry to seek out more effective ways of approaching food safety.

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Topics: Compliance, Food Safety, Legal, Quality Assurance

Food with Integrity: The Top 5 Trends for Food Retailers

Posted by Manik Suri on Sep 20, 2016 7:21:47 AM

Guest Post by: Rosalinda Cerna, MPH, CP-FS, EHSFormer Environmental Health and Safety Manager, Whole Foods Market

In this era of “Farm to Table” retailers are asking themselves an important question: is it possible to efficiently scale a brand built around fresh, locally sourced food? Chipotle--a retailer that has been widely credited as one of the most influential trailblazers of the fast casual dining segment--has been struggling with this question in the midst of numerous foodborne illness outbreaks linked to their restaurants. Its “Food With Integrity” slogan has been under public scrutiny over the past year. This has placed a huge spotlight on all food retailers and their ability to meet consumer demand for fresh and local product with the safest possible product.

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

Why CoInspect? How Digital Checklists Improve Food Safety

Posted by Manik Suri on Jul 11, 2016 7:09:20 AM

Guest Post by: Rosalinda Cerna, MPH, CP-FS, EHS

Former Environmental Health and Safety Manager, Whole Foods Market

In my twenty years as a food safety professional, one of the constant challenges I have come across is maintaining accurate monitoring logs. If there’s one excuse I always hear, it’s “I just did not have enough time to fill out the log.” Traditional paper-based logbooks don’t provide enough transparency or accountability to ensure this critical step in the prevention of foodborne illness is followed through in the most accurate and efficient manner.  

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Topics: Compliance, Food Safety, Operations, Quality Assurance

MeWe Joins Foodbytes! Summit San Francisco

Posted by Manik Suri on Jun 29, 2016 6:50:13 AM

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Myles Weissleder and FoodBytes! by Rabobank http://foodbytessummit.com

SAN FRANCISCO – MeWe was delighted to attend the Foodbytes! Summit in San Francisco this month, where we were invited to pitch and present our CoInspect application to more than 250 leaders across the food and tech industries!

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Topics: CoInspect Updates, Food Safety, Quality Assurance

MeWe Helps Reinvent the Restaurant at IDEATE!

Posted by Manik Suri on Apr 25, 2016 8:10:22 AM

We were excited to join the conversation at the IDEATE Conference in Boston earlier this month, along with a group of food innovators passionate about disrupting how food is produced, shared, and consumed!

Food entrepreneurs, chefs, investors and foodies alike gathered in Boston because of its strong community of innovators and intellectual leaders.  Our team at MeWe has strong ties to Boston -- we were founded at Harvard and work with many businesses around New England.

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Topics: CoInspect Updates, Food Safety

MeWe Joins Foodbytes! Summit

Posted by Manik Suri on Mar 18, 2016 2:10:22 PM

Evan Goldberg of MeWe, Inc. explains how his company’s mobile application, CoInspect, is at the forefront of helping food businesses comply with complex health and safety regulations and is increasing operational efficiency along the way.  PHOTO Courtesy of Myles Weissleder and FoodBytes! by Rabobank  http://foodbytessummit.com

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Topics: CoInspect Updates, Food Safety

Quality Assurance with Mobile Technology

Posted by Manik Suri on Mar 4, 2016 9:33:19 AM

This article was originally posted in Food Quality & Safety magazine. You can read the full article here: http://www.foodqualityandsafety.com/article/quality-assurance-with-mobile-technology 

The term “food safety generally refers to practices used in food handling, storage, and preparation that preserve the quality of food while preventing contamination and spread of foodborne disease. People at every stage of the food supply chain work hard to prevent food from becoming affected, but this can still happen in many ways. Some food products may already contain parasites or bacteria, while others get contaminated during the packaging process. All types of food can become contaminated, but red meat, eggs, poultry, cheese, dairy products, raw sprouts, fish, and shellfish pose a higher risk.

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