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#1 kristinmaxx

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 02:33 PM

I am trying to figure out a better way to store our retained samples of each of our ingredients. Since we have to take a sample when the ingredient arrives and one after we process the ingredient, we are piling up on samples. Right now we store them in plastic bins. Does anyone have a recomendation for a better way to store them? Keep them more organized then just storing in a plastic bin?

 

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 04:06 PM

I am trying to figure out a better way to store our retained samples of each of our ingredients. Since we have to take a sample when the ingredient arrives and one after we process the ingredient, we are piling up on samples. Right now we store them in plastic bins. Does anyone have a recomendation for a better way to store them? Keep them more organized then just storing in a plastic bin?

 

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Kristinmaxx hi, i know your pain! I have pallets of samples of alcoholic drinks which dependent on the type could be kept for 24+ months x many runs x different types of products. How big a problem are we talking? SKU's? Shelf Life? Runs? What do you currently keep samples in?

 

There maybe no easy answer to this and ive seen many different ways to achieve it but could do with the info.

 

Jimmy



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Posted 24 January 2018 - 04:07 PM

Industry? Food type? Shelf life?

 

Those three pieces of information would help us better evaluate how long you should keep the samples. Otherwise what you're doing sounds like a perfectly acceptable way to store the samples (provided they're shelf stable).


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Posted 24 January 2018 - 04:17 PM

We keep the samples for their shelf life, which is two years or more. We produce food ingredients like spices and such. We keep them in nasco sample bags. We could run as many as 20 batches a day, so each batch I take a sample. After a while that adds up especially if we produce for consecutive days.

Its trying to organize them to where if needed we can pull a sample from Feb 2017 and be able to find exactly what we are looking for without having to go through the whole bin, which may have at least 20 samples of 350 grams.



#5 Ryan M.

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Posted 31 January 2018 - 02:22 AM

Doing a risk analysis to determine if you really need to keep that many samples on hand for that long.  In a lot of cases people go overkill in their retain samples, but sometimes rightly so....  Many of us share your pain.






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