Food Safety Begins With An
Increased Focus On 5 Areas
Within Your Manufacturing Plant
By Michael Delli Colli
Consumers hold the power of today’s food world in their hands. With buying decisions centered on
transparency being made daily, brands
that align with shoppers’ values are in the
position to thrive.
“Clean” nutrition labels and simple
ingredients are being demanded, as are
transparent food production practices.
The quality and integrity of the work being
done at the manufacturing plant is critical
in maintaining one’s place in a competitive
industry. Defining success at the plant
level ultimately boils down to the relentless
pursuit of improvement.
Food manufacturers should know
informed consumers interested in healthy,
artisanal and convenient food are more
frequently driving the latest manufacturing
methods. Although encouraging the
industry to grow by great strides, this also
comes with its own set of challenges, and
many brands have had to identify how to
serve shoppers without becoming reactive.
Plant operations are under a
microscope, viewed equally as important to
the transparency of a brand as its nutrition
label. There are certain key elements that
do their part to elevate plant manufacturing
so it is proactive and in a state of
1. Upgrade your general manufacturing
procedures and be adamant about
rigorous staff training
As your plant is upgraded, your staff
in the plant also needs to be aware of
each update. Detailed training and rigorous
risk-based preventative measures should
Consider employing outside
consultants to assist in the evaluation and
implementation of best critical practices.
This will ensure an objective view when
approaching this imperative topic.
2. Employ cross-functional teams
By using the resources at your disposal,
your plant can learn and improve from
its team members. In doing so, you can
expand your thinking and processes to
better adapt to your present challenges.
Open a dialogue with other professionals
and team members to put yourself in a
position to better adapt to your present
challenges. Well-balanced plants work to
disband silos and understand that a shift in
perspective can often shed new light on a
3. Invest in state-of-the art machinery
For the sake of greater specification
control and verification, state-of-the-art machinery is an investment leading
companies should consider. The experience
each shopper will have when they add your
product to their basket is one that they
will carry with them long after they have
enjoyed it. The machinery used within the
plant should encourage consistency and
supreme quality control so that customer
experience is one they want to repeat.
4. Reconsider the importance of your
food safety team and protocols
One thing should be apparent in a plant
that enlists strict food safety protocols — an
intricate attention to safety protocols on
the part of each team member. Your cross-functional teams can play a pivotal role here
by putting food safety at the core of all they
do. Furthermore, third-party certifications,
such as HACCP, CFIA, USDA and SQF are
effective ways to enhance your food safety
management and product quality while
instilling trust within your consumers.
5. Bring clarity and strict focus to your
The food industry is moving quicker than
ever — flexibility and agility are the keys
to bringing confidence to the supply. Your
manufacturing plant should be enlisting
greater optimization of the supply chain to
ensure more consistent supply and stricter
adherence to your quality standards.
Planning with efficiency and addressing
the needs of both your consumers’ and
retail partners’ needs while controlling
costs requires both robust technology
and strong leadership, especially at the
plant level. Innovation happens when
supply chain leaders are focused on the
company’s overall business goals and
armed with visibility.
A sustainable, energy-conscious and
efficient manufacturing process is,
undoubtedly, a key to demonstrating
to consumers that your company’s
values align with theirs. From the
people employed within the plant to the
ingredients sourced, every detail matters.
Leading plants are constantly improving
their processes to provide consumers with
the best experience possible.
Michael Delli Colli is the Marketing
Manager for Expresco Foods.