Food safety

Local Roots

Local Roots

We design, build, deploy and operate the world’s most productive indoor farming solutions. We believe the key to a more sustainable future requires eliminating supply-chain risks and undoing the commoditization of the food industry. That’s why our Local Roots Family is building a distributed network of cutting-edge farms throughout the world to grow the freshest, healthiest food possible.  We bring the Farm to you. We deliver turnkey TerraFarms, to your location, operated by our experienced farming team.   +MORE

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PAR SureCheck

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Food borne illness puts your customers and your business at risk. While most restaurant and grocery chains have Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) programs, many are ineffective and time-consuming. PAR SureCheck combines a PDA-based mobile application, cloud-based enterprise server and a fully integrated temperature measuring device (TMD) for managing HACCP and inspection programs for retail and food service organizations. SureCheck checklist-based logging automates the monitoring of quality risk factors while dramatically lowering the potential for human error. +MORE

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Intelligent Checklist For Quality and Safety in the Supermarket

CART

Meticulous compliance with temperature control and monitoring practices is a fundamental necessity for food service providers in order to assure product quality and safety. As both hot and cold menu offerings continue to expand in the supermarket environment, this activity grows more complicated, placing a greater burden upon operators to maintain excellence. Many observe that existing paper-based recordkeeping processes are no longer adequate for the modern grocer. With these issues in mind, two retailers collaborated on in-store deployments of a food safety and intelligent checklist platform beginning in summer 2013. The activity was focused on deli and prepared foods departments located at one store of a regional supermarket chain and a single-store independent grocer. The platform (PAR EverServ® SureCheck®) uses digital temperature testing devices linked wirelessly to a cloud-based server application. Among multiple benefits of this arrangement, the platform helps food service associates to better manage temperature monitoring activities in a timely manner, while faithfully capturing an activity log that may be monitored to prove compliance. Results to date indicate improvement on several key performance dimensions compared with previously existing paper-based record keeping methods. +MORE

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GoSpotCheck

GoSpotCheck

GoSpotCheck is mobile form and execution management software that enables team leaders to improve workforce operations. Organizations can assign tasks, analyze real-time reporting, and drive action to accomplish critical goals and objectives. +MORE

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Pseudo Customer Centricity: Fool’s Gold

Gary Hawkins on Winsight Grocery Business, CART

Retailers must employ a customer-first philosophy into organizational culture Many regional retailers are (at last!) intent on becoming customer-centric, more than a decade after The Kroger Co. led the way and more than two decades after early loyalty pioneers proved the value of a true customer focus. But too many retailers believe that customer centricity can simply be bolted on to their organizations without realizing that true customer centricity is far more involved. Like the intrepid gold miners of the 1840s, these retailers awaken to the realization that what they’ve taken for retail gold is in actuality a false promise, seduced by the fools gold of pseudo customer centricity. I can recount meetings with senior executives from well-known retailers who espouse their customer centricity efforts; spending massive sums on consultants and solutions powered by a decade’s old approach based on customer segments integrated to the retailer’s category planning processes, and even personalized offers to shoppers. Countless of these retailers remain anchored in a product-focused world, even those who tout using technology to discover what products should be put on offer to their customers rather than starting with a vendor-funded offer pool.  True disciples of customer centricity deeply embed a customer-first philosophy into their organizational culture, extending it to every part of the enterprise. These companies realize that providing savings on products relevant to the shopper is only the beginning. Leading companies such as Amazon and Kroger are investing heavily in taking customer centricity to the next level: comprehensive, seamless user experiences across channels and devices, integrating personalized product recommendations with an understanding of the individual shopper’s specific health conditions, and laying the technology foundation for immersive shopping experiences melding the physical and digital worlds. Customer first disciples understand the dynamic flow of customers and their shopping behavior over time, putting in place capabilities and processes attuned to providing contextual relevancy inside and outside the store. And personalization—driven by past purchases and recommendation algorithms—is fast evolving to what I think of as strategic hyper-personalization, leveraging vast intelligence about each individual shopper to power a mix of recommendations to win the shopping trip, grow baskets, maximize retention, and foster customer advocacy—one customer at a time, in real time. Many regional retailers are based in more rural areas where company executives believe their shoppers are less tech savvy, relieving pressure on digital imperatives. According to Pew Research, 95% of Americans own a cellphone in 2018, with 77% of Americans owning a smartphone. Pew also calls out that in 2018, 89% of Americans use the internet. Location is no longer a proxy for customer technology illiteracy.  This year, Amazon is projected to realize over $258 billion in U.S. retail sales, an estimated 49% of all online retail spending in the United States. With this kind of penetration, and the ability to ship products anywhere overnight, traditional supermarket retailers would do well to remember that their shoppers are increasingly expecting (demanding!) the seamless and comprehensive user experience provided by Amazon, and increasingly by Kroger and Walmart. Yet, too many retailers remain mired in digital purgatory, constrained by capability silos and the inability to bring piecemeal capabilities together in a seamless fashion for shoppers.  Lastly, many seasoned grocery executives have spent their careers being rewarded for following, letting someone else bring innovation to market and only following when it has been proven successful. Years ago IT executives would buy IBM, even if it wasn’t the best choice, but because it was the "safe" choice. This practice continues today as retailers sign deals with "established" providers because they believe it is the safe choice, failing to understand that today’s environment rewards fresh, forward-looking thinking. Retail executives need to look beyond yesterday’s approach to customer centricity to capabilities and platforms that actually position the retailer for future success. The cost of failing to provide a seamless shopping experience, for failing to provide true individual shopper personalization, and failing to provide real time contextual relevancy, can rapidly obliterate any savings or security from yesterday’s "proven" approach. Tom Furphy, a former Amazon executive and the originator of Amazon Fresh, in a recent interviewspeaking to the challenges retailers face today, especially a reliance on past practices, says it all: “What seems safe is actually destructive. That’s a recipe for longer term disaster.” This article originally appeared on Winsight Grocery Business and can be viewed here +MORE

The Top Five Ways Retailers Benefit from Industry Trade Shows

Courtney Muller, Chief Corporate Development & Strategy Officer, Clarion UX

When was the last time you attended a retail or food and beverage trade show? If you have to pause to think of the answer – or know immediately that the answer is, “Never” – then it might be time to find a show or expo near you. Trade shows are the best places for those within the industry to get out of their stores and network; find new products and stay abreast of the cutting edge technology offerings; and gain invaluable education in the areas you need it most. In short, even if you spend time every day trying to stay current, you could never see it all – or know what to search for. There is no better place than a trade show … from seeing new products, meeting new people, becoming educated on a new way to engage your customers, or finding out about technology … this is the place to find what you don’t know!   Here are some of the top reasons you should attend a trade show this year: Network with Decision Makers When you think of networking, perhaps the typical “mixer” scenario comes to mind with people you don’t know awkwardly milling about a bar or restaurant, trying to strike up conversations with random people in the hopes that you might be able to benefit one another in some way. Networking at a trade show couldn’t be any more different. As an attendee, you can specifically find exhibitors with the products you seek; attend educational sessions that pertain to topics you are interested in, therefore attracting other audience members who share the same challenges; and be assured that your peers in the same industry as you are seeking similar solutions as you.  And you might even run into a colleague you haven’t seen in years! Find New Products and Foods You subscribe to industry periodicals and get Google Alerts in your inbox every day, but have you seen that new robot that identifies out of stock items and potential slip and fall hazards? Have you read about leveraging data to establish loyalty and trust with food delivery customers? A trade show is the perfect venue to scope out all that is new in the retail world from tech products to new foods and services – all in one place – to help you use technology to create a seamless customer experience. As you look for new technology innovation to keep you competitive, you may find the perfect partner for online ordering, rapid delivery, or rapid checkout through customer’s smartphones.  No matter what you want to go to a trade show to find, you will likely be pleasantly surprised by discovering even more than you thought along the aisles. See New Trends in Action Are vegan offerings a must-have? Should you offer chef demonstrations to showcase meal ideas? Are international flavors high on consumer’s minds? What chef dishes are they trying replicate at home? Be on the front line of this year’s and next year’s trends so you can bank on what your customers will be looking for in the near future. You’ll walk away with new products and great ideas you can implement immediately in your store operations. You may even realize that you are on the verge of creating an entirely different trend yourself that has yet to appear on the market – good information that you can capitalize on in the year to come. Receive Best in Class Education If school is a distant memory – or perhaps you learned hands-on in a family business and worked your way up the ranks – one of the best perks of most trade shows is the educational content provided to attendees and exhibitors alike. Whether you’re interested in operational excellence, developing your workforce, building bigger baskets, or sessions dedicated to those hot new tech trends we previously mentioned, trade shows like The NGA Show (presented by the National Grocers Association) in San Diego this coming February will have you covered on all fronts. What’s more, you can connect with presenting industry specialists to gain even more valuable insight into the topics that interest you most. Gain Immediate, Actionable Ideas The bottom line … your time is valuable and you want to spend any time out of your store obtaining the cream of the crop ideas - from new products, growth strategies and tech trends. Hear what the experts have to share, sample emerging products, uncover new technology, and refresh your enthusiasm for the business. You’ll walk away with a plan to bring all of these new ideas and initiatives into your store operation to drive profits, growth and innovation.   No matter where you are in your retail career, a trade show will no doubt provide you with opportunities, education and inspiration as you progress in the business. Interested in learning more? Check out the upcoming NGA show: National Grocers Association Show, San Diego, CA, February 24-27, 2019, www.thengashow.com  Each year, The NGA Show brings together independent retailers and wholesalers, food retail industry executives, food/CPG manufacturers and service providers for unparalleled opportunities to learn, engage, share, network, and innovate.  Given today’s ever-changing marketplace and evolving advancements in innovation occurring in the food retail industry, The NGA Show is a must-attend event, providing over 40 educational workshops, an expo floor featuring innovative and game-changing products and solutions and countless networking opportunities.  Registration is open at www.thengashow.com – early bird registration rates in effect through December 10, 2018.  +MORE

NGA Show 2019: The Epicenter of Grocery Industry Innovation

CART, Advancing Retail

In a special event leading up to the opening of the new NGA Show 2019, CART will bring together unique education, an impressive line up of speakers, and cutting edge innovation to make San Diego the epicenter of grocery industry innovation during Feb. 24-27, 2019. With a focus on regional retailers and dynamic independent operators, the CART team will present an innovation tour de force designed to help attendees not only stay in the game but help them win. CART is coming together with leading retailers through-out the industry to provide attendees a new worldview for the future of retail where transformation and disruption are the new normal: iRetail. Focused on five ‘i’s, iRetail will give attending executives a framework for evaluating their existing capabilities and provide a roadmap to closing the innovation gap. In a time of declining and disappearing industry events, the NGA Show has become a beacon of light for the industry as it has grown each year, even outgrowing its longtime home in Las Vegas, spurring the move to San Diego this coming February. CART has had a long time partnership with NGA and is taking the relationship to a new level this year, building on the success of CART’s Innovation Event at last year’s show.  Make sure to put Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, on your calendar and plan to attend the CART special event at the new NGA Show! +MORE

Technology's Profound Impact on the Supermarket Industry

Peter Larkin, President & CEO, National Grocers Association

Often cited as the one of the greatest catalyst of change within the retail grocery industry, technology is an area that independent supermarket operators must understand, and embrace.  Technology continues to have a profound impact, where virtually every detail of the supermarket industry is being touched by new solutions and platforms. I see three technology threads, each entwined with the other. One is the explosion of mobile applications and programs that are turning grocery shoppers into high information consumers. According to Pew research, smart phone adoption among Americans has more than doubled since 2011. Not only are shoppers becoming more sophisticated, but they are using technology as a way to gain more information, transparency, and convenience. At the touch of a mobile screen, consumers can instantly access to updated information on locally sourced perishables, competitive promotions, price checks and recipe ingredient lists. In turn, this migration to the digital space is shaping customer relationships with retailers. Today’s shopper does not want to be talked to but instead wants to be a part of the conversation. Consumer product manufacturers and marketers make up a second technology thread. By analyzing large chunks of customer data and retail sales, manufacturers, retailers and service suppliers are exploring innovative ways to touch their target audiences. Big data though can be vast and hard to harness. Whether it’s social media, a mobile payment system, or loyalty programs, technology can effectively create many new opportunities for savvy retailers to learn about and to connect with their shoppers to better serve their needs. A good place to see and learn about a number of these innovative solutions is right here at www.advancingretail.org. The third thread is in the store itself, where technology is increasingly employed to improve overall store productivity to program more effective lighting, to boost checkout efficiency, to track shopper traffic flows to improve layout and sales per square foot, or to offer customers immediate cost savings via real time wifi connections as they shop. A great, and very recent, example of this is Sedano's Supermarkets launch of a “robotic supermarket,” which entails an automated fulfillment center where AI-enabled robots will assemble full supermarket orders of up to 60 items. While the landscape is quickly evolving, many independent grocers are taking advantage of cutting-edge technologies to engage with their shoppers, find efficiencies, and reach new and existing customers where, how, and when they want. Independents have been making their move into digital. They are hiring dedicated staff, dedicating marketing budgets to digital initiatives, more effectively leveraging social media platforms, and integrating the latest technologies into their business strategies.  With the dramatic pace in which new apps and tech solutions are coming on to the market, it can all seem a bit overwhelming, but technology will play a defining role in the supermarket industry.  Those retailers that are on the forefront of implementing new technology and embrace the hyper-connected, tech-savvy consumer are positioning themselves for success. I’m one who is convinced that these threads will weave into a pattern of rising sales and profits. And that’s why the 2019 NGA Show will kick-off with a new educational event, spearheaded by our partners at CART, entitled “iRetail: Technology Innovation Reshaping the Grocery Industry.” The event is designed to give supermarket operators a framework for navigating fast-paced innovation while maintaining a focus on the importance of people and physical stores as we move into the future. Despite increased competition from all angles, it is an exciting time for the supermarket industry – and we at NGA are bullish about what the future holds for the independent grocers! Known as the true entrepreneurs of the industry, independents are nimble enough to quickly overcome obstacles, and are finding innovative ways to respond to changing consumer preferences, which is something they’ve always been good at given their close ties to their communities and the consumers they serve. +MORE

The One Technology Every Grocerant Needs to Know

Tebo Store Fixtures

Digital signage isn’t just a pretty display, it is a tool to boost sales, customer experience and more; The use of digital signage in your grocerant deli will inform and persuade customers. The use of eye-catching imagery and content will drive sales, allow you to cross promote within your store, and excite your guests. Every day more and more grocery store delis are adopting the use of digital signage and seeing the benefit from this increasingly affordable technology. In the Deli environment, this is not only a resource for customers but is a great resource to engage your employees as well. It brings your daily menu to life with promotions and specials.  Not only does this increase dwell time, it will also help your customers get to know your brand better than static boards leaving lasting impressions. The Benefits of Using Digital Signage: Remotely update menu boards with no ongoing printing or labor costs Offer service to non-English speakers Boost sales 8-22% by simply placing the screen in your deli space Reduce perceived wait time Cross promote within store Employee engagement The Deli grocerant has many challenges that digital menu boards can help solve, but the key to success is to have a clear objective for your digital menu boards. Asking yourself how to correlate to your customer base, store branding, and employee involvement are the steps necessary for a successful relationship with digital signage. Regardless of the size of your grocery stores (multiple or single locations) with the use of digital signage, it will increase the effectiveness of communication in the work environment. A little-known fact is having engaged employees there is a positive correlation to above average productivity. With a raise in productivity leads to more sales and customers walking through your doors. Bringing digital signage to your space is a great start for positive growth of your grocerant deli. +MORE

IoT Technology Tackling FSMA Regulations

Naeem Zafar, TeleSense

2017 is bringing new requirements to cold chain monitoring and food safety as the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) regulation deadlines approach, requiring the food industry to keep better records of their operations. With the help of Industrial Internet of Things hardware and user-friendly software, businesses can easily implement compliance in preparation of audits. What is Required to be Compliant Depending on the size of your business, the new regulations will become law over the next two years. FSMA mandates rigid plans for monitoring food products and taking corrective actions. By law, every registered food operation in a variety of industries, including meat, poultry, seafood, and produce, must perform a hazard analysis of their facilities and distribution assets to (1) Identify areas that can potentially jeopardize food safety, and (2) Determine what preventive controls to systematically implement and scientifically measure to monitor regulated food products. How does this translate to action? Food businesses need to keep temperature and/or humidity records up to 2 years back to prove that they were operating within the correct temperature range. This includes food in-storage and in-transit. Moreover, such records need to be easily retrievable upon the request of an inspector during an audit. At a glance, it may seem like a big hassle to get an entire business up to compliance, but with the help of modern technology, an operator’s job can become easier than it was before the FSMA was ever implemented. Bridging FSMA and IoT: By incorporating new web-based software with wireless sensors, a food processor or distributor can manage both the FSMA regulations and gain better insight into its operations. No more clipboards and manual time recording! There are many plug-and-play sensors that can be installed within 30 minutes. They usually come with a software subscription that allows facility managers to: Monitor facility and equipment health Determine critical control points Establish critical limits and alerts Dispatch immediate corrective action Automate record keeping and report generation Keep record database in the cloud for easy retrieval Insure facility with backup system Within the past year, many options have popped up within IoT for monitoring food. However, more does not necessarily mean better – more variety means confusion and frustration when sensor and software shopping. Hardware solutions range from Bluetooth sensors, industrial thermocouples, wired sensors, RFID labels, USB data loggers, cellular gateways, WiFi gateways, and the list goes on. The right sensor to purchase is dependent on which operational process one focuses on. The sensor chosen must withstand the working conditions of the facility for it to last. Most importantly, getting good communication between the sensor and gateway is dependent on the layout of the facility and sensor placement. Sometimes, the sensor of preference does not provide optimal connectivity. Without proper research, thousands of dollars can be waste on a solution that just does not fit. Bottom line – speak with an expert before diving in. Many IoT companies provide free consultations or 1-month free trials, which are all meant to make regulatory compliance as hassle-free of an experience as possible. +MORE

Pace of Innovation -- Shattering the Status Quo

Gary Hawkins, CART

Retailers are shellshocked by the increasing pace of technology fueled innovation that is transforming and disrupting the industry. It seems not a week goes by that we don’t read about yet another new competitor entering the grocery space or some new innovation being rolled out by an existing competitor. Case in point: Kroger’s recent announcement that it is deploying its Shop, Scan, and Bag self-shopping solution at 400+ stores. This in response to Amazon’s cashier-less Go store pilot and Walmart’s similar self-shopping solution. Supermarket retailers are challenged on several fronts relative to innovation. It is nearly impossible for a retailer to be aware of all the new innovation entering the market. As an example, CART reviews an estimated 100 new solutions each month. Beyond awareness though is the challenge of deciding what areas to focus on (supply chain, distribution, marketing, store operations, etc.) and deciding what specific solution to pilot. And then having to decide what new capabilities to deploy across operating stores. Having efficient operations, quality foods, and great pricing and service is simply the cost of entry to supermarket retail. The new battleground is innovation. This is a new world for retailers to navigate. As an example, we see too many retailers implementing different digital capabilities in a piecemeal fashion rather than working towards a cohesive and comprehensive platform. The self-shopping capability mentioned earlier is a great example. Some retailers are trying to implement this kind of capability through a third-party app or a separate app rather than bundling it into one mobile app for their customers. Shoppers are after an omni-channel, seamless experience, not being forced to interact with different apps or systems to do business with a retailer. CART is here to help. We’re able to leverage our strong retail experience, industry knowledge, and unique insight to new capabilities and innovation flowing into the market to help retailers understand where they are today relative to their competitors and best-in-class retailers. Developing an innovation roadmap is important to help in prioritizing what new innovation to focus on and to create a foundation capable of adapting to new capabilities and technologies as they come into the market. +MORE

Real-Time Temperature Monitoring

TeleSense

The Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) is increasing the focus on operations and quality control for every U.S. food processing plant, distribution company, and supplier. Food-borne illnesses have been attracting increasing media attention. Maintaining your products at a correct temperature is a critical control point at every stage of the food cold chain. TeleSenseTM real-time monitoring solutions can help your company with third party temperature verification, FSMA compliance, and quality assurance so you can sleep soundly at night knowing your products are safe. +MORE

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Date Check Pro

Pinpoint Software, Inc.

Stop expired food loss before it happens. Date Check Pro notifies you exactly when and where a product is expiring, giving you time to take action, avoid the loss, and better serve your customers with always fresh, always quality food. Anything with an expiration date and UPC can be tracked. +MORE

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ProduceFresh Concentrate

Sterilox Fresh

ProduceFresh Concentrate protects against cross contamination in the produce wash water, reduces labor associated with trimming and case cleaning, and reduces category shrink, enhancing the shelf life and quality of fresh produce. +MORE

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Digital Signage Solutions

Tebo Store Fixtures

Tebo Store Fixtures, after years of listening to America’s Independent Grocer, have developed a Digital Menu Board System designed to drive sales at a very affordable price. Once installed, your marketing team can control screens in single and multiple stores from a central point, and store personnel can make on the fly changes from any web enabled device. The complete system includes one commercial grade LG screen (49", 55" or 65"), PingHD signage player, 3 year warranty, two 1 hour training classes, and 24/7 technical support.  +MORE

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FoodLoop System

FoodLoop Inc.

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FoodLoop provides automated, location based, real time marketing of your in-store discounts. Marking down perishables that are overstocked or reaching their best before end has been common practice for decades. Despite this, on average 53 Kg of food items per day per store, still ends up as write-offs and waste,which could have been avoided if it was communicated in time to the right customer. This common practice has remained stagnant despite technological advances. Retailers willing to change, are able to receive large returns. We at FoodLoop are here to facilitate that. We set out to create an efficient way to market goods in danger of not being sold within their shelf-life. Now, with FoodLoop, mobile customers can explore all your discounted products and services and quickly plan their meals with ease. With personalized offers, all streamlined to the palm of our hands, you'll be driving more businesses to your stores. What's more, they'll be proud to spend! They'll know, they're reducing the CO2 footprint. The FoodLoop system builds on the increased adoption of connected devices like smartphones: On average two thirds of people in an industrialized country own a smartphone. More than half of these users, check shopping options on their smartphones before making purchase decisions. So why not take the information of individual store discounts and clearance sales beyond the door and into the customers’ pocket? The FoodLoop System is available to all retailers and wholesalers. The system has also been developed to support the new GS1 DataBar; the new barcode standard which can incorporate best-before-date information on a product level. So as retailers upgrade to the GS1 DataBar, they'll be happy to receive seamless integration (and further improved results like cutting labour hours) with the FoodLoop system. +MORE

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Food Retail Services

Ecolab

Ecolab recognizes the unique challenges faced by food retailers. Where else are the same employees asked to prepare, cook and serve food, and complete critical cleaning and sanitation tasks? Unique food retail challenges require a specialized cleaning and sanitation program. As a result, Ecolab Food Retail Services has recognized these needs and built a program specifically focused on the food retail market. Our program is made up of products designed for the food retail market, in addition to customized food safety audits, real time web reporting, and a food safety-trained field service team dedicated to the food retail market. Our program is also supported by research and development, technical and regulatory teams that solely support food retail. This allows us to ensure that you have the correct products that work for your stores, employees are properly trained, and that you have the information you need to be proactive in addressing critical food safety risks before they occur. With Ecolab’s Food Retail Program your customers, brand, and bottom line are protected. +MORE

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Food Equipment and Services

Hobart

While running a business you constantly have a million things going on in your operation every day and any one of them can go wrong without notice. You’ve been around the block enough to know how to work-around many of them, but your mission critical foodservice equipment is a completely different story. If that fails, you have to scramble to keep your front doors open.  At Hobart Service, we know that every minute you are down means, is not only a disruption, but also lost money and a potentially bad customer experience. Our expert team of OEM factory trained Technicians are here to help – where you are.  Hobart Service is your trusted partner to identify and resolve problems with Food Equipment Group brands of foodservice equipment (and other brands) and we do it with a high commitment to safety. Not only do we use our technology, training and OEM parts to fix your issues quickly but we also partner with you to prevent future downtime.  +MORE

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Apeel

Apeel Sciences

What is Apeel Sciences? Apeel Sciences is a company that’s fighting the global food waste crisis by utilizing nature’s approach to preventing waste in the first place — a sustainable approach to the world’s growing food demands. Apeel’s plant-derived products help USDA Organic Certified and conventional fresh food growers, suppliers and retailers improve produce quality and slow spoilage, which minimizes food waste from the farm to the kitchen. What is Apeel? Apeel is a family of plant-derived coatings that fresh food growers, suppliers and retailers use to keep produce fresh. Produce with Apeel stays fresh two to three times longer, which promotes more sustainable growing practices, better quality food, and less food waste for everyone. For growers, suppliers and retailers, Apeel is the only postharvest solution that creates an optimal microclimate inside of every piece of produce, which leads to extended shelf life and transportability — without requiring refrigeration, controlled atmosphere, or preservatives.  How does Apeel improve the quality of produce? When produce is fresh, it not only looks better, but more importantly it tastes better and contains a higher density of nutrients. Apeel makes it possible for growers to optimize their practices and avoid harvesting before ripeness, allowing fruits and vegetables to develop full quality (from nutrition and delicious flavor to appearance and texture) before they embark on the journey to the grocery store. What is Apeel made of? Apeel is made of plant-derived materials — lipids and glycerolipids — that naturally exist in the peels, seeds and pulp of all the fruits and vegetables we already eat. Apeel is edible, safe to eat, and fully compliant with all U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations. Because Apeel is made of widely used plant-derived materials — lipids and glycerolipids — that are commonly and naturally found in foods, it is designated FDA GRAS or “Generally Recognized As Safe.” Apeel is colorless, odorless, and tasteless on produce. +MORE

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Where Food Comes From

Where Food Comes From, Inc.

Where Food Comes From, Inc., is the ​number one provider of certification and verification services to the food industry.  We all deserve to know what we’re putting into our mouths and serving our friends and families. And, we all deserve to trust that the information we’re getting is authentic, accurate, and unbiased. That’s where third-party verification comes in. This unbiased and expert process enables us all to trust in the claims being made about the products we purchase because accredited, independent audits of farms, ranches, and/or processing facilities were performed, all of the data collected on-site was turned over to a reviewer free of any conflict of interest, and a second level of assessment was undertaken to substantiate the product claims made on package labels. We do all of this work for you– and for us – because we also care about where our food comes from, how it was produced, and whether claims being made about it are in fact real and authentic.  The type of product you are growing, raising or packaging will impact what kind of verification and certification programs are available to you and most appropriate for your needs.  As you can probably imagine, programs that work well for a cattle producer or beef processor may not fit the needs of an asparagus farmer or orange juice purveyor.  Similarly, the demand for specific product attributes varies greatly between commodities – which is exactly why you’ve come to the right place! Our team can help determine what programs may or may not fit best for your operation and your marketing needs, and answer any questions you have on the process, expectations, standards and estimated audit schedule. Contact us today to learn more or search for some common programs by a specific area of focus below.​ Claims and Programs We Work With We offer third-party verification services to literally hundreds of claims, programs and markets. These include Process Verified Programs, Safe Quality Food initiatives, Organic Certification, Non-GMO Project Verification, and many more. No matter what you produce or how you produce it, there’s likely a program—or programs—that fit your needs perfectly. USDA Process Verified Programs (USDA PVP): Multiple divisions of Where Food Comes From, Inc. carry USDA PVP accreditation, which means that we offer verification services to a wide variety of “points” or “claims” that are tied to processes and procedures the USDA has reviewed and approved. We conduct the audits, determine compliance to the claims requested, and issue certificates of approval for our customers. You can learn more about USDA Process Verified Programs here. A few examples of these programs would be: Source Verification – Identification and traceability are the cornerstones of this claim. To know an animal’s birthplace, we must to be able to review records that identify the animal in a unique way tied to that source of origin. This is most often done with the use of individual, electronic ear tags that the animals wear, which are then cross referenced to specific records maintained on the farm or ranch. Similarly, source can be tracked in fruits, vegetables, grains, and all types of agricultural products. If you want the story behind your food, you must first know where it came from! That is why nearly 100% of our verification programs and services start with Source Verification as their base. Age Verification – Age verification of cattle remains a valuable and viable market-driven program for the U.S. beef industry. Not only does it prevent cattle from falling out of EV programs where dentition is the common means for age determination, but coupled with Source Verification it is considered the base value-add program for the cattle industry. Non-Hormone Treated Cattle (NHTC) – The NHTC program was specifically developed in 1999 to facilitate beef trade between the U.S. and the European Union (EU). Since that time, exporting U.S. beef to any of the 27 countries within the EU requires the product must come from cattle verified by a third-party to have never received any hormone growth promotants during their lifecycle. Visit the USDA NHTC website here. View the IMI Global NHTC program flier here. Contact us to enroll today! Saudia Arabia EV – The Saudi Arabia market was closed to U.S. beef in 2012. Since that time, the beef industry has been working with the U.S. government to re-open that market, which officially happened in the fall of 2016. At a minimum, cattle must be traceable to the ranch of origin and under 30 months of age. In addition, there are specific feeding restrictions at the backgrounding and feedlot level, which is why cattle approved for the Verified Natural program (referenced below) are automatically in compliance. Additional programs offered within the Process Verified umbrella are: Never-Fed Beta Agonists, Verified Grass-Fed Beef, Vegetarian Fed, Flax Fed, SO100 Feed Claims, and Pork for the European Union. Validus Certified Programs: Consumers are increasingly interested in purchasing products that meet specific criteria, whether regarding animal welfare, environmental integrity, on-farm security, worker care, or other important aspects of production. ​The marketplace is witnessing strengthened demand for food produced using socially responsible practices. You can learn more about Validus Certified programs here. A brief summary of each program is below. Animal Welfare Review:  Farms receiving animal welfare certification undergo a detailed assessment and audit of their ​on-farm practices. Certification is awarded to farms that demonstrate compliance with specified criteria and standards, including: proper animal handling and management, herd health procedures and care, food and water quality standards, housing that promotes animal comfort and cleanliness, on-farm security procedures, proper care of special needs animals. Environmental Review: Through the Validus Environmental Review program, farmers undergo a detailed assessment and audit of their environmental management practices. Certification is awarded to farms that demonstrate compliance with the environmental criteria established.  Criteria is based on general site management and conditions, livestock living and production areas, outdoor manure and storm water storage, manure use and land application, animal mortality management, waste water plans, treatments and controls. On-Farm Security Review: Farmers must demonstrate compliance with a stringent set of on-farm security procedures. Certification is awarded to farmers who meet these standards.  Validus On-Farm Security Review Certification is based on animal traceability and record keeping, facility management, feed quality and management, animal management and disease prevention. Worker Care Review:  This program includes a comprehensive pre-audit of worker care practices including worker eligibility, worker safety and worker compensation. This audit will focus on many areas, including federal and state labor laws, employee and worker health and safety requirements, transportation requirements, non-discrimination practices, employee and worker wages and benefits, employment records, applicable housing provisions and on-site working condition observations. Certified Responsible Producer: This is the most prestigious certification offered by Validus. Becoming a Validus Certified Responsible Producer requires certification in three programs offered by Validus, including Animal Welfare Review, Environmental Review and On-Farm Security Review. National Organic Program (NOP): National Organic Program – USDA National Organic Program (NOP) Certification is required by law in the U.S. to market products as Organic. Organic is a labeling term for food or other agricultural products that have been produced using practices that support the cycling of on-farm resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity in accordance with the USDA organic regulations. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering are a few examples of products or processes that are prohibited. Visit the NOP website here. View the ICS Organic website here. View the A Bee Organic website here. Contact us to enroll today! Third-Party & Private Label Programs: One of the unique aspects of Where Food Comes From, Inc. is our ability to provide verification and certification services to a broad range of programs and standards. In addition to our USDA accreditation, we are also an approved third-party verifier for 50+ additional programs and organizations, and have highlighted many of them below. Global Animal Partnership 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating (GAP) – Required for all beef, pork, chicken and turkey products sold in Whole Foods Market stores, the GAP 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating is a private standard focused on farm-animal handling practices. The program is designed to promote and facilitate continuous improvement, and better inform consumers about the production systems they choose to support. Visit the GAP website here. View the IMI Global GAP program flier here. Contact us to enroll today! Verified Natural Beef (VNB) – The VNB  program allows cattle to be eligible for buyers and brands seeking specialty markets requiring natural beef. The standard incorporates three prohibited aspects of production – hormone growth promotants, antibiotics, and animal by-products. View the IMI Global VNB program flier here. Contact us to enroll today! Non-GMO Project Verified – The Non-GMO Project is North America’s leading third-party verification and labeling program for non-GMO food and products. GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses, and/or other animals and plants. The standard requires the auditing of processes, procedures and facilities and the use of testing protocols for food products to confirm the absence of GMOs. Visit the Non-GMO Project website here. Download our Non-GMO Project Pricing Sheet here. Fill out our Non-GMO Project Questionnaire here. Contact us with any questions! Gluten Free Certification – The Certified ICS Gluten-Free Standard is based on a combination of quantitative analysis of ingredients and products, along with required management practices aimed at minimizing the introduction (accidental or otherwise) of gluten proteins in the production stream. Visit the ICS website to learn more. Download our Gluten-Free flier here. Contact us to enroll today! Verified Grass-Fed – This standard requires grass and forage to be the sole feed source consumed for the lifetime of the animal, with the exception of milk consumed prior to weaning. Mineral and vitamin supplementation from non-grain sources is also permitted. Contact us to enroll today! American Grass-Fed Association (AGA) – The American Grass-Fed Association is a private industry standard. AGA defines grass-fed animals as those that have eaten nothing but grass and forage from weaning to harvest, have not been raised in confinement, and have never been fed antibiotics or growth hormones. In addition, all AGA-Certified Producers are American farms and their livestock is born and raised in the U.S. Visit the AGA website here. Contact us to enroll today! Safe Quality Food (SQF) – Safe Quality Food (SQF) is a certification benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). SQF is recognized worldwide and is requested more and more frequently by customers of food processors and manufacturers. Our Validus division is licensed and accredited to perform SQF audits both on farm and in plants processing raw agricultural goods for many different SQF Food Sector Categories: livestock and game animals, animal feed, slaughterhouse operations, meat and poultry processing, seafood processing, dairy food processing, egg processing, manufacture of preserved foods, manufacture of pet food, and manufacture of animal feed. Visit the SQF website here. Visit the Validus website to get started. Feed Verified – Feed Verified is a resource for livestock producers, feed companies, and food brands alike to confirm a particular feed product meets the requirements for specific verification or certification programs. Our IMI Global division assures that segregation and traceability practices are in place at the manufacturer and products are verified to meet the requirements of the programs selected. Visit the IMI Global website to learn more. View the IMI Global Feed Verified flier here. Contact us to enroll today! Certified American Grown Flowers – This program is designed to help retailers, wholesalers and florists connect their customers with flowers grown right here in the United States. Whether you are an emerging micro farm or an established large farm, adding the Certified American grown logo to your marketing, packaging and messaging ensures consumers that your flowers are grown in the US by American farmers.  If you are a flower farmer that would like to become Certified American Grown for your flowers or greens, this program is for you! If you don’t see a program or service you’re looking for, contact us! We offer services for 50+ programs and organizations, so it is likely that we can help. +MORE

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Green Fence

Green Fence

Free platform for everyone, anywhere, anytime. Take greenfence everywhere with you.  Remote digital auditing for the 21st century.  Build and verify trust across your enterprise and supply chain.  Now everyone has a scorecard.  Differentiate performance with ratings, rankings and reviews. Gain deep performance and competitive analysis and insights.  The food industry’s only comprehensive authentication gateway. Verification. Simplified.  Harmonizing teams, systems and communications.  Transforming how teams and systems work together. One platform. All data. All customers. All reporting. All engaged. Fully interoperable.  No more duplication. Reporting simplified. One click automated reporting to all customers.  Raising human performance. The greenfence academy provides education, training and competency assessment for everyone.  IoT and Big Data. Simplified. Leading the convergence of IoT with big data and automation.  Farmer’s banking network. Providing primary producers with banking services anytime and anywhere. +MORE

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Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Solution

Lotus Freezing Solution Co.,Ltd

Retailing Regarding the Retailing Business,we have products like open type showcase ,glass door cooler/chiller, island merchandiser, supermarket gondola and etc. Catering Regarding the Catering Service,we have products like Kitchen storage freezer ,deli Buffet cabinet, cake showcase and etc. Medical Regarding the Medical field,we can supply products with various temperature requirements ranging from 10 degrees to -130 degrees for refrigerating or freezing. Storage Regarding the storage industry,we provide the supermarket shelves, light storage shelves and heavy storage shelves. +MORE

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EDGE - Edgewater Wireless

Edgewater Wireless

EDGE  Retailing on the EDGE An innovative, new digital signage solution that integrates seamlessly into your retail environment.  Real-Time Connectivity Each shelf has an integrated bluetooth radio, wifi radio, and zigbee radio. This allows tags to be updated in real-time, so they’re always accurate and up to date.  Stability Shelves can each hold up to 500lbs, so you can use them to display almost anything.  EDGE Cloud Portal Manage display content easily. With a rich user interface, the portal lets you manage display pricing, ads, messages & product info displayed on EDGE™ shelves across all your locations. EAP3030 3-channel WiFi3™ AP – INDOOR The Edgewater Wireless EAP3030 is the multi-channel WiFi access point with three concurrent channels in 2.4 GHz. The EAP3030 can support any high-density application or service requirement for both indoor and outdoor installation. EAP3031 4-channel Dual Band WiFi3 AP – INDOOR The latest in next generation WiFi technology, the Edgewater Wireless EAP3031 is our dual-frequency, multi-channel WiFi access point with three concurrent channels in 2.4 GHz and 1 channel in 5 GHz.* The EAP3031 can support extreme high-density applications and service provisioning and is designed for indoor or outdoor installation. EAP3033 6-channel Dual Band WiFi3™ AP – INDOOR The latest in next generation WiFi technology, the Edgewater Wireless EAP3033 is our dual-frequency, multi-channel WiFi access point with three concurrent channels in 2.4 GHz and three concurrent channels in 5 GHz.* The EAP3033 can support extreme high-density applications and service provisioning and is designed for indoor or outdoor installation. EAP3030 3-channel WiFi3™ AP – OUTDOOR The Edgewater Wireless EAP3030 is the multi-channel WiFi access point with three concurrent channels in 2.4 GHz. The EAP3030 can support any high-density application or service requirement for both indoor and outdoor installation. EAP3031 4-channel Dual Band WiFi3™ AP – OUTDOOR The latest in next generation WiFi technology, the Edgewater Wireless EAP3031 is our dual-frequency, multi-channel WiFi access point with three concurrent channels in 2.4 GHz and 1 channel in 5 GHz.* The EAP3031 can support extreme high-density applications and service provisioning and is designed for indoor or outdoor installation. EAP3033 6-channel Dual Band WiFi3™ AP – OUTDOOR The latest in next generation WiFi technology, the Edgewater Wireless EAP3033 is our dual-frequency, multi-channel WiFi access point with three concurrent channels in 2.4 GHz and 3 channels in 5 GHz.* The EAP3033 can support extreme high-density applications and service provisioning and is designed for indoor or outdoor installation. +MORE

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Real-Time Item Level Consumer Purchase Data Streams

Information Machine LLC

The Information Machine (IM) API enables apps & web services to leverage a completely new category of consumer data: Real-time streams of item level purchase data, passively collected by the consumer from e-commerce and loyalty card enabled retailers. Passively collected data streams enabled FitBit to change the fitness industry & Mint.com to dominate personal finance apps. The Information Machine platform is primed to bring the same level of innovation to the retail industry. The Data: Full transaction data along with detailed SKU/UPC level product data. Everything you'd expect to see on a paper receipt (and more) is streamed to your app from mulitple retailers daily.  User Experience: Your app users are presented with a list of IM supported retailers, choose the places they shop, and create a one-time connection to the retailer which IM maintains for subsequent refreshes. App Integration: A few lines of code allows your app to leverage the full power of the IM API.  +MORE

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Pathogen Detection and Control

Sample 6

Food Producers: Sample6 is going to significantly improve your food safety program with in-plant, same-shift pathogen test results. Sample6 delivers a turnkey, FSMA-compliant environmental monitoring system that can be used in Zones 1-4 for routine monitoring or real-time troubleshooting. Food retailers & restaurants: With more ready-to-eat meals on the shelves of supermarkets and convenience stores, and with increasing scrutiny on safety across the food-service industry, you need rapid, reliable QA results—that you can execute yourself. Sample6 provides solutions for in-house teams to easily monitor critical environments. Healthcare facilities: Our diagnostic and analytics platform helps quickly identify the presence of pathogens and verifies the efficacy of remediation efforts.  Easy-to-use sampling kits with same-shift results allow you to give frontline personnel the tools they need to address problems at the source, protecting your patients, and avoiding the health and financial perils of HAIs. +MORE

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Online Grocer Training System

OF Logic

OF Logic provides a complete online ELearning solution for Grocers.  Specific job training (Bagger, Checker, Deli, Bakery, Produce, Meat) as well as OSHA Safety training & standard HR training.  +MORE

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Microbial Risk Assessment and Monitoring Solutions

Ancera

We build technological solutions that deliver meaning, not just data. We’re helping food producers assess microbial risk from farm to consumer. We do so by integrating the latest in single cell transport and characterization with predictive data systems. DEVELOP TECHNOLOGIES: Our MagDrive™technology pushes the boundaries of single cell transport and characterization. BUILD INSTRUMENTS: Introducing the PIPER™platform, a field deployable system, capable of near real-time monitoring of microbial organisms. DRIVE OUTCOMES: We monitor and assess microbial data to provide meaningful operational and food security outcomes for the food industry. +MORE

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FreshSurety

FreshSurety

Low cost, disposable RFID sensors measure and report temperature, moisture and metabolite data with a proprietary wireless communication system connected to the internet. This information is converted to carton-level product freshness and shelf life assessments essential for effective quality-based purchasing, logistics and merchandising decisions. +MORE

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Food Analytics for Leading Food Brands

Clear Labs

For Food Manufacturers Select the Best Suppliers: Whether launching a new brand or reevaluating existing supplier relationships, Clear View gives food manufacturers unprecedented visibility into the quality of their suppliers: Validate the authenticity and quality of raw materials Rank suppliers against the competition Differentiate your brand Mitigate Food Safety Risk: Pathogen outbreaks are devastating to food brands, costing upwards of $10M to $30M per recall. Clear View enables food manufacturers to identify all of the pathogens found in a product or production line, to identify which ingredients they are associated with, and identify common denominators. Know where to look for which pathogen strains Conduct risk assessment and probability of occurrance Design preventative measures Identify manufacturers' supply chain vulnerabilities Clear View enables manufacturers to reduce overall food safety costs through analytics-driven testing, to minimize inventory destruction, and to reduce recall costs through immediate identification of outbreak. Enhance Your Brand Value: As a leading food manufacturer, your brand is your lifeblood. The world's leading food brands are using Clear View to optimize their supplier networks and to enhance the value of their brands. By choosing the highest quality ingredients to manufacture top quality products, food manufacturers are: Improve customer retention through unprecedented transparency Build stronger gross margins through premium pricing Promote brand value through ingredient authentication For Food Retailers Build Stronger Private-Label Brands: Clear View lets retailers who are either launching new private label brands or strengthening existing in-house brands to choose the best raw-material suppliers and to enhance brand value: Select the best suppliers in a given category Enhance brand value and profitability through new marketing channels Screen your suppliers to validate certifications and conduct gap analyses Reduce Risk of Outbreak and Counterfeit Incidents: Pathogen outbreaks are devastating to food brands, costing upwards of $10M to $30M per recall. Clear View enables food manufacturers to identify all of the pathogens found in a product or production line, to identify which ingredients they are associated with, and identify common denominators. Identify vulnerabilities in your supply chain to minimize brand damage Identify counterfeit suppliers or high-risk products to circumvent necessity of recall Protect your brand through continuous monitoring and data-driven insights +MORE

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SCiO: Pocket Molecular Sensor

Consumer Physics Inc.

Scan materials or physical objects. Get instant relevant information to your smartphone. Food, medicine, and more. Smartphones made it easy to research facts, capture images, and navigate street maps, but they haven't brought us closer to the physical environment in which we live – until now. Meet SCiO. It is the world's first affordable molecular sensor that fits in the palm of your hand. SCiO is a tiny spectrometer and allows you to get instant relevant information about the chemical make-up of materials around you, sent directly to your smartphone. +MORE

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