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Mark Frenzel, PhD JRW Texas

The “Big 8” Undeclared allergens are still the most common reason for a recall in food products. The “Big 8” allergens regulated by the USDA-FSIS and FDA are: Milk/Dairy Soy Egg Wheat Peanuts Tree nuts Fish (Fin-fish) Shellfish For calendar year 2017, 53 of the 131 recalls documented by the USDA-FSIS were due to undeclared…

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William Patton, JRW Birmingham, AL

Our customer relationships range from purchasing experts to PhD’s in food science. Given this broad range of experience, we thought a post on some common supply chain principles may be of value to our audience. In this week’s post, we highlight inventory reduction and important terms associated with the practice. Inventory Inventory is a metric…

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JRW Birmingham, AL

How Sales Enablement Equips Sales to Best Equip Customers for Success What is Sales Enablement? First of all, some of you may be asking what sales enablement even is. George Bronten defines it as “a complete system that improves sales effectiveness by providing salespeople with everything they need in a structured and guided format to…

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Brandy Cleveland, JRW Birmingham, AL

A few of the most common questions I answer daily revolve around cured and uncured meats, and how clean-label curing alternatives fit into this conversation. For that reason, I have decided to answer a few of them here. If you have any questions you do not see answered below, please feel free to reach out and…

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You Ask, We Answer JRW is committed to answering the questions our customer’s ask most frequently. In this version of “You Ask, We Answer”, we will address some common questions we receive from customers purchasing spices, herbs, and dehydrated vegetables. First of all, what is the difference between spices, herbs, dehydrated vegetables, and seasoning? It…

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JRW Birmingham, AL

Why is it that in sales we see so many interactions in low trust environments? Sound Familiar? The scenario seems all too common: a buyer offers their ingredient list in the form of an RFP or RFQ. Then they ask for the best price possible. We as sales professionals beat up our purchasing team to…

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Benjy Mikel JRW Atlanta, GA

IPPE The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is the world’s largest annual poultry, meat, and feed industry event of its kind. A wide range of international decision-makers attend this annual event to network and become informed on the latest technological developments and issues facing the industry. The 2019 IPPE, February 12-14th, brought together more than…

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Aristotle once wrote, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Excellence is a Habit Every day, JRW, just like many other businesses, experiences the ebbs and flows of business life. We repeatedly receive orders, analyze data, forecast, load trucks, verify quality documents, interact with customers, and so…

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JRW Regional Sales Manager Brandy Cleveland

Tips to Reduce Time Wasting Habits Time is the only resource everyone, from every walk of life, has in common. Unfortunately, not everyone has the luxury of being able to choose what they do with that time. This luxury is often taken for granted. Can you imagine if you took the 10 minutes you spent…

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The Basics of pH in Meat and Poultry Processing Many of us have heard that monitoring and/or controlling the pH of meat and poultry products is important, but sometimes that is where the conversation ends. Understanding the importance of pH in meat and poultry can provide us with a better picture of how to improve…

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JRW Birmingham, AL

HOW BUSINESSES CAN MAXIMIZE SALES THROUGH DISTRIBUTORS Utilizing distributors to sell your product has many known benefits, including but not limited to: • Expanded marketing and sales expertise • Logistical management • Access to an established customer base Distributors (good ones, that is!) have proven their effectiveness time and time again. The question becomes: “How…

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JRW Birmingham, AL

Four Pillars grounded in a Firm Foundation. Merriam-Webster defines the word “pillar” as a firm, upright support for a superstructure. It is a foundation upon which great things can be built. Without it, nothing worthwhile can stand. Here at JRW, for over 70 years we have built our business and our culture on four pillars:…

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JRW Birmingham, AL

Sustainable can be Attainable. Sustainable Food It is my experience that sustainability isn’t a commonly understood concept. This could be because there isn’t a true, government definition for “Sustainable Food”. Sustainability, in my own words, is a practice that can be repeated over time without self-destruction, which involves ethical and environmental conservation practices. Jennifer Chait’s…

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JRW Birmingham, AL

Food Starch: What is it, what is it used for, and more Q: What is starch? A: A starch is the part of the plant where its energy is stored in the form of carbohydrates. These carbohydrates are made up of long chains of glucose molecules. Since glucose is one of the main energy sources…

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JRW Birmingham, AL

At JRW, we know food. We’re all about it. We are devoted to distributing the best food ingredients possible to our customers, partnered with ensuring deep trust, providing industry expertise, and delivering world class service. At JRW, not only do we know food, but we also understand the power food can have in the world,…

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BBQing for Charity—No ifs, ands, or butts about it! As a food ingredient distribution company, food is always on our minds. Day in and day out, we are committed to supplying our customers, and eventually the consumer, with the best ingredients available. Our meat scientists and technical director are devoted to be the thought leaders…

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With today’s trends, it’s on everyone’s mind… naturally.  Many consumers are asking for products that are considered natural. The challenge for processors is to make sure these products comply with the labeling regulations of USDA and FDA. The FDA has not issued any specific regulations regarding products labeled as “natural”. However, it has issued the…

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WHAT IS A PHOSPHATE? A phosphate, regarding food ingredients, is a phosphoric acid salt, often used in meat, seafood, bakery, and dairy products. It is naturally occurring in many cases, including in muscle tissue as part of the contraction process. So, what are they used for? Phosphates, being the “Swiss army knife”, has a wide…

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Donny Patton, CEO JRW Company, Birmingham, AL

Donny Patton CEO Donny Patton has been with the JRW Company for what seems like his entire life. After the original founder of JRW, John R .White, passed the company along to Donny’s father L.Q. Patton, Donny began tagging along to the office at an early age. He spent Saturdays at the office with his…

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So what is Cultured Dextrose? We recently took a look at some of the confusing terms in the food ingredient and manufacturing space. (If you missed the beginning of our series: Sifting through the Noise, check out the blog HERE) As we explore shelf-life extension, we will look at cultured dextrose this week. Cultured Dextrose…

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