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Industry expert advice and guidance on preventing food recalls, preventing allergen cross-contamination, preventing pathogens, developing HACCP plans, improving worker safety, meeting FDA regulations, passing FDA inspections and other measures to improve food safety at snack and bakery facilities.
Industry expert perspectives and strategies for improving workforce education, advancement and development at snack and bakery companies, including worker training and careers in snack and bakery production.
Over the past few months, as I went through the process of developing SF&WB's annual "Top 50 Snack & Bakery Companies" list, I felt a renewed sense of admiration for the inherent power of merging true nutrition with indulgence.
The term "sustainability" embodies a number of different meanings. According to the Oxford English dictionary, one definition refers to the "avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance."
During the interview for our September issue cover story profile on fast-growing entrepreneurial brand Ka-Pop! Snacks, a company founded and led by Dustin Finkel, he talked about the need to keep the joy in better-for-you snacking.
We are a nation divided. America has grown increasingly polarized across our political and social spectrum, and this national anxiety will, unfortunately, increase as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the November elections approach.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit U.S. shores in early 2020, it caused major disruption across the snack and baking industry, and the country as a whole. Many industries have endured significant economic fallout from the pandemic.