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Creating a Balance: Food Safety in the Marketplace

This past November, Nelson-Jameson and one of our key suppliers, 3M™ Food Safety, launched an experiment aimed at critically looking into understanding and seeking out solutions related to food safety. Contingents from both 3M and Nelson-Jameson were able to sit down with representatives from several major West Coast food production facilities at the Fess Parker Doubletree in Santa Barbara, California.  

The aim was a simple one…to hear out the challenges that customers are facing, and to dig into ways that Nelson-Jameson, a supplier focused on helping our customers deliver safe, quality food to the market could be of assistance. Along with that, working with 3M, an innovator in research and development of food safety-focused products (including Petrifilm™, the Molecular Detection System, and the LM1 Hygiene Monitoring System), to see what we could collectively do to better assist food producers with food safety concerns.  

Working as a conduit between our suppliers/manufacturers and our customers is something we significantly value. It gives us the ability to bring new, and innovative ideas from the folks on the floor using the products to the people responsible for filling the pipeline with product offerings. This helps to push our suppliers/manufacturers to search out new methods and solutions. On the other side, we take a lot of pride and excitement in introducing our customers to the latest, and best food-industry-focused products and programs.  

So, to get everyone together in a room for two days was an excellent mutual learning experience for all. We touched base on pragmatic details like introducing Nelson-Jameson’s 3M Clean-Trace™ Hygiene Monitoring and Management System Contract (commit to purchasing 4 cases/month for one year and get the luminometer/software for free). We also dealt with more comprehensive issues like the challenge of training incoming employees in the food industry, as companies deal with the challenge of retaining quality employees in a competitive market. A wide expanse of food safety-related concerns were discussed. To have these multiple levels of insight freely moving back and forth across the table gave both Nelson-Jameson and 3M a healthy number of items to add to our “to-do” lists.  

As great as the experience was, we sure don’t intend to rest on our laurels after those few days in California with just the folks around the table! Nelson-Jameson is intent on helping our customers and our suppliers/manufacturers work collectively with us to inform, challenge, innovate, and produce the products and programs that are needed in order to create a safe, quality food supply. So, please be in touch not only with day-to-day questions/concerns about which products are the best for your purpose and type of operation, but also your ideas and feedback on what challenges you are facing, what you would like to see in the marketplace, and what demands you face as an operation. We will continue to work with companies like 3M, as well, to reach out to you, our customers for your valuable thoughts and perspectives. We are proud to be a bridge linking different industry interests together and take pride in helping to drive innovation and moving together on a steady pathway to providing the tools needed to get the job done right the first time.


Why Color-Code? Let Us Show You!

Have you contemplated starting a color-coding program in your facility? Have you ever asked yourself the question, why color-code? Even though it is not a standard or requirement, the peace of mind it can give you, regulators & auditors, and ultimately your end consumer has made it one of the biggest industry trends in recent years. Having the proper color-coded products can promote organization and efficient work flow, reduce the risk of cross-contamination, designate critical control areas, and avoid bacterial and allergen migration. By implementing a color-coding program, you’re building a strong foundation for your facility.

As the color-coding industry continues to boom, Nelson-Jameson’s product selection has grown right with it. Our most recent color-coded catalog published this summer features 52-pages of items from the industry’s top manufacturers such as Remco, Carlisle, Rubbermaid, Tingley, and more. Not only do we have a deep selection of products, but our color offerings are also huge. Many of our items have up to 9 colors! Click here for our full selection of color-coded categories.


Wausau Paper® Brand Migration to Tork®

Wausau Paper was purchased by SCA in early 2017. They have slowly been transitioning to the Tork brand, but we are now in our final stages, which will be affecting all Wausau Paper products. This means the same great paper products you’ve come to know and trust will now be branded as the #1 global tissue brand—Tork. Same great products, same level of service, with new packaging.

The brand migration is a rolling change occurring throughout 2017 and into early 2018. Brands know as Artisan®, DublSoft®, DublNature® and EcoSoft® will transition to the Tork quality tiers of Premium/Advanced/Universal (to clarify, Tork Universal is a quality tier, not a universal product.)

As the companies merged, individual products were reviewed to eliminate duplicate items. If there was a duplicate product, the Wausau Paper item was/will be discontinued and a new Tork item has been created. In other cases, the manufacturer number and packaging are the only change; the Nelson-Jameson Stock Number is still the same.

Case quantities may be affected, which will then affect the case price, but the price per each should remain the same.

Please keep this in mind when ordering and receiving your order acknowledgments.

Same Products—Same Dispensers—New Packaging.


Delvotest® Answers Tetracycline Concerns

Nelson-Jameson had the chance to sit in with our friends from DSM, producers of the Delvotest line of products, at the World Dairy Expo this Fall in Madison, Wisconsin. This massive show, bringing the dairy farm world together, is a great chance for us to talk with customers and work right alongside our strategic partners at DSM. Delvotests, for those that may not know, are an industry mainstay for testing for antibiotics in milk, a key concern for dairy farmers, milk procurement facilities, and beyond.

The topic of tetracycline drugs dominated the conversations with our customers this year at the booth, due to the recently enacted pilot program for the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) focused ontesting for tetracyclines. We were able to assure customers that they could relax…as Delvotest already takes care of tetracycline concerns, detecting at or below the level identified as safe in the pilot. In fact, Delvotest detects over 33 antibiotic residues at or below safe levels—just in one inexpensive test.

So, for those Delvotest customers that we didn’t get to catch up with in person in Madison this year at the World Dairy Expo, thank you for your continued business and know that Delvotest has you covered!

Click here to check out our Delvotest specialty page.

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Nelson-Jameson’s Dedication to Excellence

As our brand continues to grow, so does the size of our facilities and the number of products we carry. An increase in size increases the overall complexity of our day-to-day operations. There are more customer requirements, which in turn increase the attention given to our internal requirements. Recently, two of our branches – Marshfield, WI and Turlock, CA – underwent their annual SQF Audits.

The SQF Institute’s mission is to “deliver consistent, globally recognized food safety and quality certification programs based on sound scientific principles, consistently applied across all industry sectors, and valued by all stakeholders”. Nelson-Jameson has sought out SQF certification as a means of enacting best practices for our warehouse operations, as well as demonstrating to our customers our dedication to quality and control as Nelson-Jameson grows to take on additional business across the country and across the globe. Currently, Nelson-Jameson is an SQF Level 2 registered company. By definition, level 2 is a certified Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points food safety plan that is benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative.

We are proud to announce that our recent SQF audits scored incredibly high, with Marshfield receiving a 99/100 and Turlock awarded an unprecedented 100/100! We are extremely grateful for everyone on our team involved in the audits for helping to achieve these scores. We are humbled in our recognition of leadership in food safety, and we’ll continue to dedicate ourselves to excellence as your single-source food, dairy, and beverage plant supplier.