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A Message to Food Executives Nearing Retirement

There are many family-owned companies within the food industry, and often you see how conflict between the older and younger generations play out within the business. For the last two years, I’ve shared an office with our company’s sales team, and I’ve often heard comments like, “The CEO’s son is…Read More

Leveraging a Food Safety & Quality Management (FSQM) System for ROI

Many companies come to us searching for a more efficient way to document their food quality and safety data to meet USDA, FDA, HAACP, BRC, & SQF requirements. Many of these companies are using clipboards and spreadsheets and already expect to see efficiency improvements related to meeting government and client…Read More

CAT Squared Announces New Partnership with UniSoma and AIMMS

CAT Squared is proud to announce a new partnership with  AIMMS, an award-winning vendor of Prescriptive Analytics software, and UniSoma, a leading provider of Advanced Planning solutions. The partnership will enable AIMMS, UniSoma and CAT Squared to provision prescriptive analytics applications for food processing and production companies. CAT Squared customers include…Read More

Why Food Traceability Matters: PART 2

In last month’s post, I explained how American millennials and affluent consumers are distrusting of marketing efforts and large systems they don’t understand. They are seeking authentic experiences and relationships. In response to consumer pressure, companies are learning the importance of traceability and seeking ways to communicate with the customers…Read More

New Food Safety Quality Hold System Available

“Our customers have been asking for the ability to create positive release holds within our Food Safety Quality Management (FSQM) software, and we’re happy to announce that our updated hold system is available in the latest release of our FSQM Module v9.37.00,” said Vernon Smith, CEO of CAT Squared. Positive…Read More

Three Food-Industry Leaders Organize Put Foot Rally Crew to Give Shoes to African Children

Three food-industry leaders have organized a team to participate in the Put Foot Rally across southern Africa. The event raises money to provide underprivileged African school children with a pair of shoes. For many, it will be the first pair of shoes they’ve ever owned. The team is made up…Read More

New Employee Announcements

KATHERINE GILES Katherine has a decade of experience in mathematical modeling and is joining CAT Squared as an operations research specialist at our main headquarters in Conway, Arkansas. She began her career as an actuarial consultant with Ernst & Young after graduating cum laude with a BS in Economics from…Read More

Why Food Traceability Matters: PART 1

There is a growing movement of consumers demanding information on how their food is produced, including affluent American consumers, millennials, and the European market. I recently returned from a trip to Austria where traceability of food was a hot industry topic because locals wanted to support local farmers and wanted labeling…Read More

ABC Costing Case Study

To maximize profitability, companies must have a firm grasp of what it costs to manufacture and process each product. This becomes increasingly challenging for large companies with thousands of employees and long supply chains or multiple manufacturing plants. This study demonstrates a return on investment of less than just a…Read More

10 Most Common Labeling Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

Industrial-scale food producers manage potentially hundreds of individual labels per each product code, item code, SKU, or material items, which creates a headache for version control and maintenance. The complexity of managing so many labels leads to data errors and human errors that negatively affect quality. According to the USDA’s…Read More

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