Long before consumers get a satisfying taste of the food products that your company takes pride in, the ingredients are stored in bins, drums or other bulk containers in a nondescript warehouse. Compared with producing and packaging, ingredient storage is an unglamorous stage in the food production process — and yet proper storage is absolutely vital to the food supply.
Failure to follow the best practices for food manufacturing storage would leave ingredients vulnerable to contamination or tampering. Either could affect the quality and shelf life of the finished product and prompt a recall, or in a worst-case scenario endanger the health and lives of consumers.
At PacMoore, we offer food ingredient storage solutions that not only protect your ingredients, but also provide flexibility. We can work with your delivery schedules and manage supplier lead times if other ingredients are being used in order to confirm everything needed is on hand for production. Our goal is to ensure your finished products arrive to you on time and on spec.
Security: It’s What We Do
Food ingredients have a long list of potential threats. At PacMoore, safety is what we provide for your ingredients and packaging before the next production stage. We ensure careful segregation of ingredients — with distinctions such as allergens, non-GMO and aroma-sensitive materials — to minimize any chance of cross-contamination.
An acceptable food storage services provider should have certifications needed to ensure food is safe, whether the products are gluten-free, organic, non-GMO, kosher or even halal. When you need to keep things cool, we offer a small cold storage area as well.
The Food Safety Modernization Act, which became federal law in 2011, shifted the food safety focus from responding to contamination to attempting to prevent it. Ingredient storage is a critical component. When protecting ingredients is at stake, PacMoore is so confident that we demand our plants always be audit ready, even for unannounced visits.
Our Eyes Are Yours
Ingredient tampering is another concern for food producers. Lending legitimacy to the potential for tampering, the Food and Drug Administration, in a report earlier this decade, highlighted the instituting of more secure ingredient storage protocols as an important mitigation strategy. To that end, each PacMoore location uses dedicated shipping docks and personnel for an added security layer.
Our shipping and receiving personnel also know what to look for when the trucks arrive. We use a rigorous check-in process for raw ingredient delivery to identify metal, glass, odors or other hazards that could jeopardize your ingredients. Our workers are also careful to verify all materials and quantities to minimize errors and customer complaints.
Need to find something fast? Our management system identifies where your product is and how long it’s been there. We also conduct a monthly physical inventory count to further audit our facilities, and all customers receive a monthly inventory report of their raw and finished materials.
Whether we’re providing turnkey services or toll processing, our convenient storage options can help you save on costs and improve the efficiency and timeliness of your production. Additionally, we offer 15 days of free ingredient storage for processing projects and will store for longer.