Managing Data in the Modern Food Service Business

An eye-opening statistic from IBM shows that 90 percent of the data that is available today globally was created in just the past two years, and all of this recent data needs to be monitored efficiently to make the best use of it. When you consider the fact that 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every day, you can see what a big job awaits.

When it comes to food companies, data can come from a wide range of sources, such as sensors within the farm-to-fork supply chain, customer experience data collected across social media, internal quality measurements, and point-of-sale figures.

As if managing all this data weren’t complex enough, there are also government regulations regarding health and safety to take into account. With regulations such as the Food Safety Modernization Act, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points, and requirements for Country of Origin labeling, there is a lot to keep track of.

Quality Management Software Makes it Easy

This is where quality management software steps in, and it’s particularly vital for food service companies that have several locations. Gathering quality measurement data using digital means takes less time and reduces the possibility of error. Best of all, it allows for swift correction when things go wrong.

Using this type of software, you can easily spot trends in areas such as building condition, food waste, security, corporate goals and consumer response. It also allows you to share your operation manuals securely with suppliers and other locations and stay on top of compliance documentation and signatures.

With all the data that needs to be tracked across your locations – whether you’ve just got a handful to contend with or you’re managing thousands of locations – quality management software is the best way to glean insights from company data that can help bring your food safety program to the next level of efficiency.

This blog post was based off of an article from Food Quality & Safety. View the original here.

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