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INSIDER
SPOTLIGHT

PACKAGING

R&D

Deli Sides

Portable packaging

Fruits and nuts

with conflicts of interest, since
the grocery inspector may have
a longstanding relationship with
people in the commissary and be
inclined to give them a pass.

AUDITS
by Andy Nelson
AUDITS OF COMMISSARIES,
central kitchens and other off-site
facilities that provide prepared
foods and other value-added
products to retail grocery stores
are typically not as in-depth as
audits of typical grocery suppliers, says Tyler Williams, vice
president of operations for St.
Louis-based ASI LLC.
But that doesn't mean that
commissaries and central
kitchens don't present their own
unique challenges to third-party
auditors like ASI, Williams says.
"The challenge with commissaries boils down to people and
training," Williams says. "It's big
with manufacturers as well, but at
the commissary level, the kitchen
training gets a little trickier."
Cross-contamination is one
of the main things ASI looks for
when conducting food safety
audits of commissaries, Williams
says. "If they're cutting raw
chicken, are they using a separate
board to cut vegetables? Or, if
not, are they at least cleaning the

utensils and board in between?"
Pest management is another
measure high on the to-do list of
commissary audits, he adds.
One problem with food
safety audits of commissaries
is there aren't enough of them,
Williams adds.
"They're a lot more rare than
they should be," he says. "If it's
a supplier, the grocery store will
demand that you have an audit.
With a commissary, you really
don't have that - even though
the place where someone is most
likely to get sick is at the commissary or kitchen level."
And an "audit" by a governmental agency doesn't likely cut
it, Williams says. "A state or local
government body may come in
and do a vague, 2-hour inspection - it's not even an audit."
Another common, and equally
insufficient, method is to have
the grocery store use its own
employees to audit or inspect
the commissaries it partners
with. This method can be rife

Establishing a baseline
Food safety audits play a key
role for retailers to establish a
baseline of potential suppliers
and routinely assess current
partners, says Jake Watts, vice
president of food safety for Kieler,

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Wisconsin-based food safety and
contract sanitation provider PSSI.
"With advancements in traceback and pathogen detection
with growing regulatory scrutiny, and heightened consumer
knowledge raising the bar on
food safety, the importance of
food safety audits has grown
significantly in recent years,"
he says.
A meaningful food safety
audit, Watts says, takes a holistic

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019

Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019
Editor's Note - Easy does it
Contents
The Wire - Urban consumers shop the perimeter, want delivery
Foods with snacking claim on the rise
Affluent shoppers shaping supermarkets’ future
Blurring boundaries
THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING RISKS
Clean confusion
A CLEAN WRAP
OLD SWEETENERS, NEW TRENDS
Now trending
TECHNOLOGY, PRODUCTS and PEOPLE: the future of perimeter deli and bakery
Bakery - 5 ways to capture the premium bakery customer
Dessert cakes
Deli - Labor-saving equipment
Specialty cheese
Unexpected pairings
Produce - Fresh renaissance
Fresh-cut pear breakthrough
Tropicals
Meat & Poultry - Customer service
Pork
TRENDING FOR SUMMER, TRENDING YEAR-ROUND
Seafood - Merchandising
Food Safety - Equipment sanitizing
STAINLESS STEEL CARE
Comissary Insider July 2019 - AUDITS
SPOTLIGHT - DELI SIDES & SALADS
BULK UP
PACKAGING - PORTABLE SUCCESS
R&D - FRUITS AND NUTS
BLUE DIAMOND EXPANDING
Product Showcase
Advertisers
Fresh Takes
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Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - Editor's Note - Easy does it
Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - Contents
Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - 5
Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - Affluent shoppers shaping supermarkets’ future
Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - 7
Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - Blurring boundaries
Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - 9
Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING RISKS
Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - 11
Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - Clean confusion
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Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - 14
Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - OLD SWEETENERS, NEW TRENDS
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Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - Now trending
Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - TECHNOLOGY, PRODUCTS and PEOPLE: the future of perimeter deli and bakery
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Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - 21
Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - Bakery - 5 ways to capture the premium bakery customer
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Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - Dessert cakes
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Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - Deli - Labor-saving equipment
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Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - 28
Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - Specialty cheese
Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - Unexpected pairings
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Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - Produce - Fresh renaissance
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Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - Fresh-cut pear breakthrough
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Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - Tropicals
Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - Meat & Poultry - Customer service
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Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - Pork
Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - Seafood - Merchandising
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Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - Food Safety - Equipment sanitizing
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Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - STAINLESS STEEL CARE
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Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - Comissary Insider July 2019 - AUDITS
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Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - SPOTLIGHT - DELI SIDES & SALADS
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Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - BULK UP
Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - PACKAGING - PORTABLE SUCCESS
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Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - R&D - FRUITS AND NUTS
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Supermarket Perimeter - July 2019 - BLUE DIAMOND EXPANDING
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