“The benefits of supply-chain traceability” – featured in Snack Food & WholeSale Bakery Magazine, Feb 2015.
By Romy Schafer
“The last five years have seen many foodborne-illness-related issues in the food-supply chain,” says Brad Lindemann, president, Matrix Controls Co. Inc., Somerset, NJ, noting that many of these could potentially close a company down if it couldn’t react promptly to recalls. “Major retailers are now placing demands on food suppliers to have their internal processes audited by third-party suppliers—British Retail Consortium, Safe Quality Food, AIB—in addition to meeting basic food-safety guidelines imposed by the FDA. Food companies now have shorter recall time scales, and internal processes are under scrutiny, forcing manufacturers to look at improving and automating traceability.”
The company uses software and hardware to automate and facilitate lot trace data collection, from material receiving through finished product shipment, says Lindemann. Unique lot codes are assigned to incoming materials and sub-batches, including bulk and hand-scaled ingredients and packaging materials, which are identified with barcode labels that can be scanned throughout the process. Finished product is scanned into sales orders for final customers and shippers.
In addition to providing users with automated lot traceability required by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and customers, Lindemann says the system also facilitates procedures and data collection for other aspects required by SQF, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and HACCP programs. “The side benefits of this process are real-time, real-material inventory, minimization of overscaling and minimization of batch inconsistency,” he adds. “Tracking materials, sub-batches, batches and finished product may also help limit the volume of a recall, should one occur.”
With SG we can track the path of our product through all production, processing and distribution stages right to the end consumer.
Scott Baker, 5 Generation Bakers
SG System’s recipe control has played a big role in managing our product quality which has definitely helped our growth
Mike Prasek, Prasek’s Hillje Smokehouse
The (Production Management and Recipe Formulation) process is now more secure and dependable. Thanks a lot for the implementation!
Ricardo Hernández, Nestle
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Anthony Pariti, Always Bagels
We no longer need to keystroke the handwritten batch logs into Quickbooks. We’ve seen the benefits!
Eldad Jungreis, Sunflower Kitchen
The system guarantees a reduction in the waste caused by a conventional scale system
Lenny Tyc, Northeast Foods
With the waste now eliminated, dollars are saved
Dave Harris, Original Bagel Company
The System provides total control over our production process and gives us 100% Traceability - Absolutely brilliant
Gareth Franks, Dominos Pizza
Tolerances on the scale system removed ingredient over weighing and improved our batch consistency
Michael Calise, Calise & Sons Bakery
Matrix Controls Company, Inc.
330 Elizabeth Avenue, Somerset NJ 08873
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