Delivering perishable food is an important part of the entire food industry. From production to selling, the entire food distribution process needs to be efficient and as safe as possible. If you’re involved in the perishable food delivery service or working in the food industry, it’s essential that you stay on top of all the food safety trends impacting the industry.
Here are some food safety trends to keep in mind throughout 2018:
Stay up-to-date on U.S. FDA legislation
The U.S. fresh prepared foods manufacturing industry includes roughly 750 establishments; for every individual working in the perishable food industry or in food service in general, it’s imperative to regularly monitor food legislation that impacts these establishments. The United States Food and Drug Administration released its updated strategy for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) a few years ago, outlining the financial rules involved with food distribution, produce safety, and Foreign Supplier Verification Programs.
Pay attention to changing technology
Effectively delivering perishable goods is completely dependent on improved technology. At one point, simply loading up food products onto a truck and watching it drive off into the distance was the only way to deliver foods. But all that has changed thanks to innovative direct store delivery software. With DSD software, companies are able to track their products throughout the entire delivery process and ensure that they delivery is made as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Adapt to major food trends
Food trends constantly change and can revolutionize entire industries. If you’re not paying attention to changing food trends or you’re neglecting to welcome these trends, you could end up falling behind the times. Recently, there has been an increase in natural and organic food popularity across the United States. Organic and natural food production is projected to increase by as much as 16% annually through 2020. There are new startups focusing entirely on this type of product and it’s important to pay attention.
If you want to learn more about what goes into delivering perishable goods or how to maximize your revenue streams for your perishable food operation, give Harvest Food Solutions a call today.