Electronic Ingredient Tracking Systems

Bakeries face ever stiffer requirements to be able to trace their ingredients. Audits and food recalls have grown significantly in the last year and show no sign of slowing down. Stuart Hunt, president of SG Systems, Dallas, looked at these issues and shared his recommendations on addressing them at the American Society of Baking’s BakingTech conference in Chicago in a presentation entitled “Traceability: The Rising Challenge for Bakers.”

Stewart noted that many bakeries have no traceability measures in place, while other bakeries utilize a paper tracking systems. SG Systems builds and installs electronic tracking equipment to increase traceability accuracy and save time and labor in keeping track of complex ingredient lists.
Though there is the initial cost of purchasing and installing tracking equipment, most bakeries can expect an eventual return on investment between 2% and 6%, he said.

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