At a time when labor is stretched thin, something often has to give. But since that can’t be food safety, operators are leaning on technology for help. One technology to watch is radio-frequency identification (RFID). Chipotle recently announced it would be testing RFID case labels to track its ingredients’ path from suppliers to its restaurants. If and when food safety concerns arise, the labels can help operators track them to the source quickly. What’s more, RFID labels promise to save time on inventory management by limiting the need for staff involvement (and the chances for human error).
The supply-chain challenges of the past couple of years have put food sourcing under a microscope, demonstrating to consumers the need to know the origins of the food they eat (and to operators the need to be able to monitor and shrink the supply chain). QSR Magazine predicts that a key trend for this year will be technology solutions that help operators strengthen their connections with suppliers, ensure supplier data integrity and share accurate data with guests. Can you tell your guests a clear story about the path your food takes between its source and their table?