If there’s been one thing that has shaped the way distributors do business over the last several years, it’s food safety.
Who you buy from, how you build or renovate your facility and how your keep your records are all dictated by food safety.
“Food safety has been one of our most important strategic initiatives for the past 10 years,” Combs said. “We go through multiple third-party audits and only buy from vendors that meet our criteria for approval.”
Brothers Produce recently completed renovations to its facility at the Houston Produce Center.
“All of this was based on improving food safety,” said Erenwert said.
Hardie’s Houston also is working on renovations to its facility with food safety in mind, said Liz Moser, director of sales and marketing.
“That’s one of the things we’ve been working on this year,” she said. “We’re right in the middle of doing renovations as well. We did a lot of it when we got ready for our last audit.”
Any company wanting to do business these days has to keep on top of food safety.
“The public, news and media pay a lot of attention, and are more aware of it,” she said. “We have to stay ahead of the curve and keep moving.”