3 Key Considerations for Food Product Distribution

Regardless of the method of distribution, food products encounter some unique challenges when traveling through the supply chain. Smithers Pira provides three key considerations for preparing food products for shipment.

1. Food Safety

Food packaging legislation is complex with key differences between geographical regions. Maintaining compliance throughout the supply chain is a critical concern for food producers. While food contact testing ensures regulatory compliance prior to distribution, in-the-field audits and other lab-based assessments can be employed to evaluate its integrity in while traveling through the supply chain.

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2. Product Integrity

Fragile food products such as cereals, cookies, crackers and perishables are more at risk for product degradation while travelling through the supply chain. Maintaining freshness and mitigating damage is critical for delivering a quality product when it arrives at its final destination. Challenges such as non-functional slack-fill, caused by unavoidable product settling, can also lead to a negative consumer experience. Pre-shipment evaluations like breakage assessments, product settling predictions and temperature and humidity cycling can be used to predict these types of challenges.   

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3. Package Integrity

Not only is packaging essential for keeping food products protected but it is also plays a vital role in customer perception. Package damage can effect customer satisfaction and pre-shipment package testing can be used to validate packaging against both common and unique supply chain hazards.

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