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Alimenti Blog – The Core

 Welcome to The Core -the blog and  updates from Louise . I hope that you enjoy reading it.

There will also be a series of articles and posts on the website which I will be reviewing regularly. The blog archive is here.  If you would like to connect with me on LinkedIn, my profile is here. Let’s start a conversation.  

April 2022

The horrific events in Ukraine continue.  I have written a new blog about mistakes made when growing your business. 

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March 2022

The horrific events in Ukraine made me reconsider a lot of things, both professionally and personally.  The theme for the month was reflection.

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February 2022

The theme for the month is Growing your business by working with larger businesses.

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January 2022

The theme for the month is HACCP.

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November 2021

I have started to create themes for the month’s for the newsletter and social media posts. If you would like to recieve the monthy Core Newsletter from Alimenti, sign up here.

 

October 2021

Natasha’s Law became law in the UK on 1st October 2021. Louise won an award for Customer Care at the SMBN Awards evening. Read more on the Awards page. 

 

August 2021

The podcast is out! You can listen to it here.

I am also in the Summer issue of SMBN Magazine.  Read the whole issue here. I have also been interviewed by Nuno Soares for his course on the subject of food defence. My daughter got married too. 

 

July 2021

I have labelled my first products! Not that I am about to go into business producing food and drink. These are for my daughter’s wedding reception in August. They look beautiful, but the hand labelling was a tricky endeavor. Getting everything straight was not an easy thing to do.

My hat has been created and it will be revealed in August. The hat was designed and created by a local milliner called Gilly’s Millinery. You can find her amazing creations on Facebook.

I have  signed up to be an Enterprise Advisor at a school in Redditch starting in September. It’s very exciting. I have also been interviewed for a podcast which will be published in early August. I will post the link once it is made public.

I have also published Alimenti’s mission statement and values that we work by. You can read them here

Lastly Alimenti is on the move. The admin address is moving to Worcester into The Kiln in Copenhagen Street. 

May 2021

I am due to be vaccinated for the second time, as well as receive lateral flow test kits for when I have site visits.

My diary is filling up with client calls and site visits. Since I received my BRCGS lead auditor qualification and RPFAM accreditation from IFST, I have had lots of interest from potential clients. 

In my personal life, my eldest daughter is getting married in August and we are excited that the restrictions may be lifted enough to allow the day to go ahead. I have been busy sourcing stationery for her, using Canva to design the “save the date!” magnets, which I ordered from Sticker Mule. I have used Sticker Mule to create coasters and keyrings for promotional materials several times and always been very happy with the products. We have also been deciding on my outfit (including a hat). I will share pictures of the big day on social media, but needless to say, we are very excited!

March 2021

I received my COVID 19 vaccination amid a storm of arguments between the EU and British Governments over the supply of vaccines to the UK from European manufacturing sites. 

February 2021

I was quoted in the Express! Here is the link to the article

January 2021

Guardian Hub was launched to support food and drink business owners to get their businesses inspection ready. For more information click here.

Blog Archive is here

Traceability

Traceability

What is traceability and why is it important in food and drink? Traceability is important for several reasons. The first is because it is a legal requirement under current UK and EU legislation. The second is because if there is a problem with a component or the...

Food safety – my journey

Food safety – my journey

My hands were clammy.  I could feel my heart beating in my chest.  I felt like a rabbit caught in the headlights and I was just not sure what I should do or what I should say. What's that got to do with food safety? Read on! I had been working part time for a friend’s...

Complaints

Complaints

There is a story behind the photo above and it involves complaints. The story goes like this. A customer opened a can of sweetcorn and found hairs in amongst the sweetcorn. Naturally the customer wasn't happy, so returned the can to the shop where they had purchased...

Food Crime Risk Assessment

Food Crime Risk Assessment

Food Crime Risk Assessment The Food Standards Agency in the UK have published a Strategic Assessment of the risk to the food industry of food crime.The first point to note is the recognition that the way the law is set up and the way that people buy food and drink has...

Customer Food safety requirements

Customer Food safety requirements

Looking to grow your food business and not sure what to do? This article is about the importance of customer food safety requirements when growing your business this way.Do you want to start working with the major retailers or food service providers? Do you have the...

Food specification

Food specification

What to include in a food and drink specification? If you have never written a specification , it is a daunting question. Essentially, you are aiming to record the parameters that are representative of your product. For example, are you producing a cake which has...

Pest control in food premises

Pest control in food premises

Do you have pest control in your food premises? How do you manage the four things that pests need to thrive? These are shelter, food, water and time to grow and multiply. Pests can carry a number of disease-causing organisms. These include bacteria, viruses and...

Has food microbiology changed?

Has food microbiology changed?

Yes, food microbiology has changed. For information about food microbiology hazards click here. Micro organisms Over the last 20 years, the types of micro-organism that are significant has been added to (for example) –  Listeria, Shiga toxin producing E.coli - under...

Reopening, restarting, repurposing your business

Reopening, restarting, repurposing your business

Reopening, Restarting, Repurposing your business Before you think about reopening your business. There are a number of considerations to be made. At the time of writing, (May 2020, reviewed in Feb 2021) there is no evidence that COVID 19 is transmitted by food. The...

Return to work

Return to work

Do you do return to work interviews with your teams?  Do you have a system for managing visitors' health? Have you got processes in place for Covid-19? If any of the answers to these are no, read on! Practices pre COVID 19 Before the COVID 19 pandemic hit, it was...