Food Safety Best Practices for Grocery Retailers
Ensuring food safety has always been a top priority for retail food marketplaces, but starting in 2020, the demand to provide customers with food they know they can trust has become more critical than ever. Affinity Group is here with the in-depth knowledge you need to address modern retail complexities without compromising food safety and quality.
During the pandemic, rapidly emerging e-fulfillment models combined with an entire population sheltering in place to create an unprecedented demand in the food retail marketplace. Seemingly overnight, retailers were faced with an influx of click-and-collect orders and home deliveries. This spike in demand introduced unexpected fulfillment challenges.
Acceleration of the E-Commerce Explosion at a Glance
From harvest to production to storage and delivery, safely providing food to your customers still requires both the ability to maintain proper temperature ranges as well as following proper sanitation and hygiene. The emergence of the challenges brought on by the pandemic only further heightened the importance of maintaining food safety at every point on your food’s journey to your customers.
Food Safety Impacts in America
The High Cost of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks
Providing consistently safe and high-quality food in the supermarket is a responsibility every stakeholder in the supply chain must share. To ensure food safety and quality, an unbroken chain of temperature certainty and safe handling practices is required. Common factors that impact the supermarket food supply chain include:
Produce and perishable commodities must be kept within optimal temperatures to prevent the growth of bacteria, maximize freshness, increase shelf life, and avoid food waste. Cook-and-hold procedures also must maintain food at optimal holding temperatures, and this requires frequent checking and documentation of internal food temperatures to ensure food quality and safety.
Online order fulfillment presents new challenges for maintaining optimal temperature control. Chilled perishables and frozen goods must be kept within optimal temperature ranges.
The clock starts ticking on fresh produce pretty much the moment it gets picked, so prioritizing processes that can help stunt decay and prolong freshness are hugely beneficial to both food safety and fulfilling e-commerce demands.
At a time when grocery retailers are being held to increasingly higher and higher food safety and quality standards, you can always count on Affinity Group. Our highly trained retail food specialists are experts in the operational challenges of today. We’re always ready to help you explore the endless possibilities of your brand as you continue building your Bridge to Success.