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Complexities of Running a Food Processing Business

According to Economic Development Board and Spring Singapore, the food manufacturing industry is evolving with food science and technology enhancement, and optimizing the food packaging process to deliver food safety quality standards.

As more and more end users are embracing health and safety, the food safety standards has to be adhered at optimal levels at all times. This also means stringent measures on regulatory and audit compliance and business requirements are in place to uphold safety standards consistently.

Another critical key indicator to the sustainability of food processing business is the operation efficiency and productivity. A labour-driven business, work day loss or absenteeism may disrupt the daily process and necessary activities, thus affecting the business productivity. Besides medical reimbursements, it can be even more costly jeopardizing man hours due to illnesses caused by food contamination, spread of diseases such as Dengue Fever or Zika, or allergies and infection due to pest bites.

These risks can be minimised if we adopt adequate food consumption safety in the preparation kitchen and canteen such as integrated fly control solution. Presence of mosquito breeding can be eliminated by adopting some diligent housekeeping steps, and adult mosquito population can be controlled with regular water-based fogging.

Embracing innovation to facilitate robust food production is essential in today’s Internet of Things landscape. Such as investing in cutting-edge technologies to fasten and enhance food manufacturing process or to fulfil the completion of large volume of production required daily. Automation robots, remote monitoring systems, optical food sorter and energy savings machines are some technologies invested to meet today’s manufacturing demands.

As these processed and packaged foods are often export to supply chains or distribution channels internationally, global food safety standards have to be complied. For example, in food safety, the BRC Global Standards is applicable. It governs critical areas such as Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), manufacturing process audits, quality management system, supply chain and site standards that covers pest control, sanitation and waste management.

Audit services such as AIB International include GMP inspection, HACCP Accreditation, AIB Gold Standard are often conducted among food manufacturing businesses dealing with finished food and beverages, fresh produce, packaging and distribution facilities.

For fast food chain restaurants, the YUM! Standards are established to ensure quality, safe and consistent food supply including KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. The food safety system governs key areas for example:

  • Employee Health and Hygiene
  • Product Handling
  • Pest Control standards
  • Ingredient and temperature management
  • Prevention in cross contamination

Audit inspections and undergoing evaluation process can be stressful and time consuming for the business. For some food manufacturers, besides entertaining to regular or frequent visits by external auditors, buyers, local authorities or distribution partners may also request for an audit. Pest monitoring and activity tracking is key. This is why Rentokil Initial designs the digital reporting facility- myRentokil to help these businesses track their pest management program in a more efficient, transparent and convenient manner. Data includes trend analysis, pest activities, recommendations and actions and service preparations and history.

As a complex and high dependency business, it can be challenging to manage multi-functional channels, which is why the experts are here to help manage these complexities as partners.