Monthly Archives: July 2010

Focusing on Food Safety

Industry focus on food safety turns to Anaheim, California this August. The International Association for Food Protection’s Annual Meeting runs August 1st-4th. The IAFP’s mission is “To provide food safety professionals worldwide with a forum to exchange information on protecting the food supply” (“Mission Statement”). The annual meeting creates a face-to-face forum for exactly that, and “is attended by over 1,800 of the top industry, academic and government food safety professionals” (“2010 Annual Meeting”).

If you’re heading to Anaheim for the IAFP, stop by our booth (#509) in the Anaheim Convention Center! We are proud of our extensive lines of products and services meant to address food safety concerns/issues. Stop by just to say “hi” or for information on how we can be your one-stop supply source for all of your food safety needs.

Process Expo 2010

Nelson-Jameson is hitting the road this month for the Process Expo 10 in Chicago, Illinois July 18-20th! This massive show brings together thousands of folks from the food processing and packing industries. As a supplier to the food industry, we are excited to set up shop in North Hall of McCormick Place! It is a wonderful chance for us to share our wide line of: Production & Material Handling, Safety & Personnel, Sanitation & Janitorial, Laboratory & QA/QC, Processing & Flow Control, and Packaging and Ingredient products and services. 

 Events like the Process Expo give us a chance to meet our customers face to face and to better understand their wants, needs, and the challenges they face. We would love to see you there! Helping you seamlessly get your product to the table is our goal. Stop by our booth (N-15000) and let us know what Nelson-Jameson can do to keep your operation running at its best. Come check out our extensive product lines, new and featured products, and to meet folks who are there to fully take care of all of your sourcing needs. From food safety to packaging materials, to janitorial supplies, we aim to keep you covered! We’ll look forward to talking with you in the Windy City!

Going to Kansas City

This month the 71st American Convention of Meat Processors & Suppliers’ Exhibition will be held in Kansas City, Missouri. Packers, processors, caterers, and numerous others involved in meat processing will descend on the Hyatt Regency Crown Center this July 15-17th. Numerous meetings, workshops, lectures, etc. are all slated during the Convention’s three-day, jam-packed schedule. If you are attending the Convention, make sure to pencil in a few minutes to stop by and visit the Nelson-Jameson booth (#213) in the Exhibit Hall! We’ll be there ready to help you source all of your operation’s needs from lab supplies to safety equipment. We have a long history and an extensive knowledge of the meat industry, and are here to help! We’ll look forward to talking with you in Kansas City: the “Paris of the Plains”!

Special Delivery: Brand New Buyer’s Guide

As I hand out new catalogs every year to Nelson-Jameson employees, I affectionately refer to them as my “catalog babies”. This year was my third catalog baby and boy was it healthy! It is bigger and fatter than any of my previous “babies” with 40 extra pages of products! And just like with any other “baby” it takes a village to “raise” it. 

People might not realize, but it takes 16 NJ employees (2 marketing support, 10 product managers, and 4 product administrators) about 6 months to create the Nelson-Jameson Buyers Guide. We go through every product with a fine-tooth comb to ensure accurate, helpful descriptions, images and product tips. Product managers work all year with our vendors to add innovative new products to our lines. While I sometimes find myself shaking a fist at my computer screen late into the night during catalog season, I am always happy with the end product. We put a lot of work into creating a catalog that is easy for our customers to use and helps them get their jobs done better. That is why we are here, not just to provide products, but to be a resource for our customers. So, hopefully you have received your new 2010-2011 Buyers Guide. And, if you have, take a minute to flip through it and see all of the new items we have to offer.  We hope you like it!

Increased Raw Milk Sales: Good or Bad?

Irregardless of our personal opinions this is certainly an issue of spirited debate, having many implications involving food safety, free market concerns, product availability to satisfy consumer demand, cash-flow for dairy producers, etc. The debate is settled for now with our Governor’s recent veto to allow expansion of sales, however committees and industry experts will continue to debate issues of concern and make recommendations again in the not so distant future.

Whatever is ultimately decided, Nelson-Jameson stands ready to supply products that are and will be required for milk testing and handling. The versatility of our product offering and service is a great strength as we continue to expand our business and move forward.