Friday, January 23, 2015

ADC Announces Dates for 14th Annual ReFresh Fresh Item Management (FIM) Conference

ADC is excited to announce the announce dates for our 14th annual ReFresh Fresh Item Management (FIM) Conference – September 21-24, 2015 at the Sheraton Sand Key in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

ReFresh is an annual conference held by ADC that brings together grocery, convenience and food service retailers, industry partners and subject matter experts to discuss and share information on the latest technologies for managing fresh foods.

ReFresh attendees represent a range of roles within food retail, including Information Technology, Fresh Department Managers, Store Operations, Food Safety Managers and FIM Coordinators.  ReFresh is an excellent opportunity for current and prospective FIM users to discuss and share ideas on technology solutions for fresh food categories.

The ReFresh agenda is developed based on input from ADC’s Retail Advisory Board, current food safety regulations affecting fresh food categories, the latest developments in FIM technologies and feedback from previous conferences. The agenda is a combination of presentations by subject matter experts, retailer presentations, round-table discussions lead by retailers, FIM software presentations and networking opportunities. 

To learn more about ReFresh 2015, please click here.  To read a recap of ReFresh 2014, please click here

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"ADC’s P-Cubed In-Store Fresh Production Planner helps Retailers Optimize Fresh Foods and Manage Waste"

In the third installment of Retail Time's definitive Guide to Profitable Fresh Foods Retailing, we explore how retailers can best manage fresh foods production, maintain availability, manage markdowns and shrink and cut food waste. 

Read the full article here.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Finalizes Menu Labeling Requirements

On November 25, 2014 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized requirements for the Menu Labeling Rule, which requires restaurants, supermarkets, convenience store and other establishments to post calorie information for foods on display, self-service items and items that appear on menus or menu boards.  Compliance is required by December 1, 2015.  To read full details of the final rule, click here.

Applied Data Corporation (ADC), a leading supplier of software solutions for the fresh food industries, offers solutions within their InterStore Fresh Item Management (FIM) software suite to help covered retailers comply with the Menu Labeling Rule.  

ADC’s NutriGen Recipe Manager analyzes product recipes to generate accurate nutritional labeling information.  NutriGen centrally manages recipes, combining vendor supplied sub-assemblies, such as a cake base, with a retailer’s raw materials, such as icing.  When used with ADC’s InterScale Scales Manager, the nutritional labeling information is sent to barcode labeling scales, printers and other media, i.e. in-store digital displays and websites.

Within InterStore retailers can also deliver demand-based production plans to their stores or central production facilities, containing the required recipes, via the P-Cubed Production Manager. 

InterScale, NutriGen and P-Cubed are all available within the InterStore suite, meaning retailers only need one system to meet the requirements of the Menu Labeling Rule.

To learn more about the proposed regulation or ADC’s software solution, please contact our office at +1.813.849.1818 or visit www.AppliedDataCorp.com.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Proposed Meat Grind Traceability Regulation Could Be Law As Soon As Early 2015

On July 16, 2014 the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) proposed a regulation to require retail stores to keep records containing information on the suppliers of source materials used in the meat grind production process*. Industry sources predict the rule could become law as soon as early 2015 and be enforced as soon as late 2015.

Applied Data Corporation (ADC) has been providing retailers with grind traceability solutions for over 5 years with their Meat Grind Traceability Management module and has been following the proposed regulation very closely.

On October 21, 2014, ADC submitted official comments to the proposed regulation**.  These comments were to provide FSIS with information on current solutions available to meet the regulation, as well as to identify requirements in the regulation that would put an unnecessary burden on retailers.

In their comments, ADC emphasized that FSIS should explicitly accommodate the use of electronic recordkeeping for meat grind traceability data because such solutions are already being used by retailers across the country and meet the requirements of the proposed regulation.   

ADC’s Meat Grind Traceability Management module is an electronic, automated system that captures and records source materials through the meat grind process, providing the information that both retailers and regulatory agencies need to quickly and effectively identify potential source materials that could cause or contribute to an outbreak, at any time.

The Meat Grind Traceability Management module is installed at a retailer's headquarters and features an easy-to-use browser user interface that enables retailers to quickly implement the software with little investment in additional hardware.  The software captures all of the required information from the primal’s barcode with wireless handheld devices.

*Read about the proposed regulation here.
**Read ADC’s comments on the proposed regulation
here.