Supermarket Perimeter - April 2022 - 60

TECHNOLOGY
RECIPE
MANAGEMENT
by Andy Nelson
THE GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN
CRISIS has made things
interesting for food producers
that rely on a wide variety
of ingredients to make their
products.
In turn, it's complicated the
job of software specialists like
Hopkinton, Mass.-based Jera
Concepts, that specialize in
helping producers streamline
their recipe management
procedures and making sure that
labels on foods list the correct
ingredients.
" A lot of ingredients have been
unavailable, so they're having
to substitute new ingredients all
the time, " said Wynne Barrett,
a partner in Jera. " And at least
theoretically, you're supposed to
update labels every time there's a
substitution. "
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It's been a common problem,
for instance, for premade
sandwiches, one of the standard
prepared-food items whose
recipes Jera's software helps
its commissary, retail and other
commissaries manage. But it's
also true for a host of other
foods, including bakery items.
In February, for instance, there
was an issue with producers not
being able to source enough
powdered sugar.
Also packaging of prepared
and other foods: some of Jera's
clients, for instance, had trouble
in early '22 finding enough glass
to hold certain items. It's hard to
know what will be short, when,
and to discern any rhyme or
reason in the shortages.
" It's funny out there right now,
the things people are having
trouble sourcing, " Barrett said.
Labor shortages have also
played a huge role in the
problems many suppliers are
having with not only producing
foods but also making sure that
recipes are managed properly.
" Companies are hiring people
they may not have used in the
past, and you hear complaints
from customers about people
not building recipes correctly, "
Barrett said. " You would never
think recipes could be affected by
labor, but they have been. "
To save labor and streamline
operations further, some
producers of prepared foods are
now buying kits of food, Barrett
said, where the ingredients
of a sandwich arrive at their
destination pre-assembled for
them, and all that needs to be
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done at the commissary or store
level is adding bread.
Companies are also taking
a close look at their product
rosters, simplifying their offerings
as much as possible to limit
the problems associated with
trying to source a wide variety
of ingredients at a time when
sourcing can be so difficult for
many items.
Fortunately for its customer
base, Jera has retooled its
platform to help deal with
these problems. The company
has added a more interactive
platform for store employees,
with the goal of trying to remove
the decision-making process
from employees as much as
possible.
" In the past, people were able
to make better decisions, " he said.
Unexpected
shortages of
powdered sugar
and many other
ingredients have made
recipe management
more important
than ever.
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