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AIB Standards: What are they and why are they important?

Posted by Alex Stark on June 16, 2019

AIB International, formerly the American Institute for Baking, was founded in 1919 to “put science to work for bakers.” Since then, AIB has grown into one of the world’s foremost training organizations on food safety, setting AIB standards for quality and safety.

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Topics: Food and Beverage Logistics

5 ways to reduce logistics costs in consumer goods distribution

Posted by Alex Stark on March 19, 2019

Consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies are getting squeezed. On one side, your retail customers want smaller replenishment orders more frequently. At the same time, your own company is pressuring you to reduce logistics costs.

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Topics: Consumer Goods Logistics, Food and Beverage Logistics

6 Must-Haves for 3PL Food Warehousing

Posted by Alex Stark on February 14, 2019


Food products that need storage in temperature-controlled food warehouses call for specialized 3PLs who understand the physical and regulatory requirements for these products.  When searching for a 3PL for food warehousing, here are 6 things you should look for to ensure you have the right partner.

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Topics: Food and Beverage Logistics

Routing Guide Compliance Fosters Strong Retailer Relationships

Posted by Alex Stark on September 01, 2018

As CPG suppliers follow their large retailer customers into the uncharted territory of e-tailing and increasingly lean supply chains, compliance with retailers’ transportation routing guides is a make-or-break element in the ongoing relationship. According to a study by a research team at Auburn University, sponsored by Kane Is Able, transportation is the linchpin to CPG-retailer supply chain success, and poor compliance with retailers’ transportation needs will cause fulfillment problems and jeopardize customer goodwill. Many manufacturers now report that their retailer customer’s tolerance for transportation delays or errors is nearly zero.

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Topics: Consumer Goods Logistics, Food and Beverage Logistics

The Food Safety Plan: What to Include

Posted by Alex Stark on April 27, 2017

If you handle food products, you certainly know about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). For a quick primer on its impact on logistics professionals, check out our recently posted logistics guide to the FSMA.

In a nutshell, the new regulations say that it is no longer enough to follow safety steps. As a food logistics professional, you now need to demonstrate – and document via a Food Safety Plan (FSP) – that you have proactive safety measures in place to prevent hazards from developing. 

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Topics: Food and Beverage Logistics

Prevent Foodborne Illness: Food Logistics Companies Can Help

Posted by Alex Stark on April 20, 2017

In a recent blog post, we reviewed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the sea change that it presents to food safety in the U.S. Gone are the days of reacting to problems after they occur; the FSMA seeks to prevent them from occurring in the first place.

Exactly what are these problems that the FSMA seeks to prevent? 

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Topics: Food and Beverage Logistics

The Logistician’s Guide to the Food Safety Modernization Act

Posted by Alex Stark on April 06, 2017

Lots of people get sick from food. About 48 million annually, according to the FDA. And 3,000 of these people die. To combat this, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law in 2011 with the aim of preventing food contamination rather than reacting to it. 

In this post, we will take a close look at the implications of the FSMA on the logistics industry – and there are many implications. Let’s start by looking at the law itself, dating all the way back to 1990. 

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Topics: Food and Beverage Logistics

10 Tips To Streamline Your Wine and Spirits Distribution

Posted by Alex Stark on December 22, 2016

As a wine and spirits manufacturer, you are notoriously passionate about your craft and the quality of your products. You take great care to ensure that your output meets your high standards, as well as your customer’s demands. You are also concerned with wine and spirits distribution: ensuring that the product that leaves your facility is transported safely and efficiently, and is undiminished in quality by the time it reaches the glasses of your customers.

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Topics: Food and Beverage Logistics

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