As the Food Safety Manger at Coborn’s I am responsible for developing food safety policies and procedures for our retail locations which meet or exceed government regulations to ultimately ensure our guests are provided with safe, wholesome food products.
Just when retail dietitians get a handle on the buyer role, they realize that not all buyer roles are the same. In fact, there are distinct difference between the roles based on the category of the store. “It’s essential for dietitians to establish in-roads to the buying teams,” says Stephanie Schultz, MSM, RDN, CD and Sr. Director of Marketing and Communications at Skogen’s Festival Foods. “Identify a colleague who can point you in the right direction and help you navigate the differences.”
By avoiding difficult conversations we could actually be missing out. The ability to give and receive feedback is an essential skill that can open up opportunities for growth not only at work but in life. Here are some tips for ensuring that giving and receiving feedback is a positive and valued experience:
Today’s consumers are more environmentally conscious in their day-to day activities and their weekly trip to the supermarket is no exception. In some states and at specific retailers, bans or fees are being imposed to discourage the use of plastic bags all together. Although there are some great benefits, consumers need to be aware of the food safety concerns when making reusable bags part of their grocery shopping habits.
One of the biggest challenges of a retail dietitian is to successfully communicate how their role has a positive impact on the business. It helps to start by having a value driven mindset. Envision your work as a business need not just a nice service - and your business is to have a positive impact on the business! Consider the following questions:
The Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) is always a whirlwind of events and sessions. If you’re planning on attending FNCE in Philadelphia PA next month there are a number of exciting educational sessions that may be helpful to your work as a retail dietitian. Here is a list to help you make the most of this year’s conference: