Do you remember the episode of Friends where Monica caters for her mother’s dinner party and loses a false nail in a main course?
These low-key catering mishaps have happened to us all. I once served guests a dish that is now called Vegetable Mess after a pastry disaster and who of us admits to occasionally applying the ‘5 second rule’ from time to time?
It’s a more professional dinner party host’s story we often hear on the likes of Dragon’s Den. Individuals who have made the bold step towards manufacturing their culinary delight to the wider public.
Bold and brave, not for entering the Dragon’s Den, but for entering an industry where litany, consumer demand and pressure on cost is hitting small manufacturers hard.
The pressure to increase productivity and reduce cost to meet consumer demand is one of the factors that manufacturers believe is leading to the escalating number of recalls we are experiencing according to a recent survey by insurer Locktons.
In 2017 we saw Asda and Lidl remove glass contaminated pastry goods from Peters Food Services from their shelves. Tesco removed a batch of Quorn Mince after it was discovered to contain metal. Family run sweet manufacturer William Santus and Co. recalled some of their Uncle Joe’s mints also after discovering metal had contaminated the product.
Analysis by the FSA has shown a 200% rise in choking hazards appearing in our food and drink over the past 6 years.
Whilst recall is a devastating blow to any manufacturer, it’s the small food and drink manufacturers who can be hit the hardest, some never recovering from the event.
The cost of a recall extends beyond the loss of the products contaminated. In a Harris Interactive Poll 55% of respondents said they would temporarily switch brands following a recall and 15% claiming they would never purchase the product again.
Small manufacturers can struggle to find the balance between the initial outlay of applying an inspection system and the risk of product and reputation loss in the event of a contamination.
In the interim between permanently applying an inspection system to a manufacturing line and managing contaminant inspection, what opportunities exist for small food and drink manufacturers to safe guard their loss on contaminated products?
At Euro Scan, we offer a solution that inspects batch loads of products known to feature contaminants and return the unaffected products for sale, reducing the wastage and ensuring product safety from an affected line.
Rework, as this on demand inspection solution is commonly known, has helped our clients both big and small, manage a known contamination swiftly with minimal product loss.
Using Sapphire Inspection X-Ray machines, we ensure a fast, accurate response with detailed reporting on your contaminated batch.
Our recommendation to any manufacturer is to explore the opportunities of permanent, in-line x-ray inspection with our sister company Sapphire Inspection Systems. The market has progressed rapidly in recent years and the previously ‘cost-prohibitive’ objection is becoming something of a misnomer.
Euro Scan Managing Director, Perry Alderson has worked in the food manufacturing industry for over 30 years. His ability to find solutions for any manufacturer is one of the keys to his success in the industry.
Perry has worked with numerous clients from small rework projects to multi-site x-ray system integration. If the cost of recall is keeping causing you concern, we believe that we can find a solution for your business.
With a site visit and consultation, Perry can determine how best your business can safeguard against recall and protect its reputation and output.
Contact us at www.euro-scan.com