Brett Favre a Jet? Although Wisconsinites weren’t able to control their football fortunes, there’s one Wisconsin-based company proving that it can control something of vital importance to food processors: the supply chain.
In the face of consumers’ food safety concerns, need for convenience and demand for high-quality products, one factor quite literally keeps refrigerated and frozen food processors - and their products - from falling short.
It’s been 50 years since supply chain pioneers Harvey Shycon and Richard Maffei used a primitive computer to complete their first-of-a-kind “physical distribution optimization” plan for the H. J. Heinz Co.
The first half of this year had me attending as many as six food industry conferences. In hindsight, although the settings were different, one thing remained the same: issues of food safety, labor and rising energy costs dominated each meeting.
Nestle Prepared Foods’ plant in Jonesboro, Ark., is one busy place. With nearly 600 employees working up to seven days a week, this 325,000-square-foot operation produces as many as 50 different frozen entrees.
They say it pays to think big. And considering that the world’s foodservice market is valued at about $366 billion, Nestlé SA is indeed thinking big. In fact, establishing a singular global foodservice business, Nestlé Professional, was one of the food industry powerhouse’s four strategic goals last year.