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The global consumer-led expenditure on food products is expected to reach US$20 trillion by 2030. This not only means the scale will keep getting bigger, but also that traceability will become increasingly important for food production. For the food industry, this translates into being quick in finding ways to overcome perils to stay ahead of the curve.

Simply put, traceability is necessary if you want to ensure your food products are safe for consumption. In the food industry, even though dealing with regulatory compliance is essential and cumbersome, the capability to provide required data and meet food regulations could emerge as an inexpensive gain.

Farm to table

Traceability does a beautiful job of tracking food production processes from ‘farm to table.’ Once a problem in a process is recognized, it becomes crucial that all phases of that process are outlined—be it retailers, manufacturers or internal and external suppliers. Food traceability ensures all the features are covered, leading to the packaging often emerging from a lengthy supply chain of sellers.

Regulatory compliance

The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) hopes to achieve enhanced food safety. Reason why today, automatic and resourceful traceability in all the phases of food production is so critical.

Traceability in food production can empower your business by making product recalls quicker by helping you handle issues locally instead of them evolving into a nationwide upsurge. It also helps you mitigate risks while minimizing disturbances in trade. For instance, reducing health risks that may result because of a flawed food production process.
There are four critical phases that businesses face when it comes to traceability:

  1. Preparation: Enables better visibility of the supply chain

  2. Retort: Increases the rate of reply of all investors towards an outburst

  3. Regaining: Permits food industry regulators to retain and reconstruct meaningful associations and trust with customers

  4. Prevention: Imparts the capability to govern how and what instigated the problems, thus preventing problems in future

Problems in traceability

Just like every other industry, the food industry too is not immune to fraudulent activities. That said, no other industry has a more direct impact on the consumer than this one. Because food is an essential part of daily life, it is mandatory that food manufacturing companies maintain the highest standards in products and processes at all times.  

For instance, in 2013, Tesco experienced problems in food production that went viral around the world. It was smashed with allegations that there was as much as 60% of horsemeat in its ‘Tesco Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese’ meals and three other products. But Romania overruled this claim, and all this was claimed as fake and to have involved mislabeling.

For the first time in 19 years, Tesco experienced its first fall after the outburst. Its post-tax profits fell by nearly 96% to a mere £120 million in comparison to the previous year. In such troubled times, food traceability helped Tesco get back on its feet vis a vis its supply. With the supply chain reinstated, Tesco was able to understand how and where the fraudulent activity had occurred. All this together allowed Tesco to implement the correct corrective actions.

Challenges

  • Food chain supply globalization
  • Constantly changing industry processes
  • Demand for quality and fresh food, leading to reduced processed foods customer count

Solution

Columbus can help you with customized traceability solutions that your business needs. We understand why time becomes an organization’s nemesis during a crisis and the various ways an ERP solution can overcome a challenge of such magnitude.
Our tailored solutions, like a specialized food manufacturing ERP, can not only help you track the production process—from the farm to the table—but can also assist you in overcoming food industry-specific complex challenges.

At Columbus, it is our business to ensure you focus on your business while we handle the traceability bit.

Connecting with the power of Data Analytics and IoT

Using Microsoft Dynamics 365 and IoT, Columbus can help you manage risks and diminish any upcoming threats—reducing the influence of costs and recalls.
Integrating data on one system permits a complete and precise view of the traceability aspect. Stored data in Microsoft Dynamics 365 delivers comprehensive data about the complete food production expedition, while machinery and equipment used in the process are monitored by IoT.

This ‘obtained’ data gives organizations the required insights, leading to a somewhat-mitigated degradation of customer confidence and brand value.
In this context, there are no less than five ways you can enhance the quality and safety of the food. They include:

  • Implementing and integrating government regulations into facility processes
  • Complying with environmental programs and regulations before an untoward event occurs
  • Taking preventive action to minimize food safety pitfalls
  • Proactively tracking and tracing
  • Pooling quality control across all processes

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