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Good Inventory Practices

Good Inventory Practices

Having an efficient Inventory process is very important to plan a healthy menu in advance, and to maintain a seamless purchase cycle. It is equally important to constantly upgrade, adapt and streamline our in-house inventory operations to meet the current demands. As we all have experienced, it is very easy to slip into bad habits, inefficient practices, and land with a high cost of inventory.

By following few good practices, we will be able to maintain dynamic and efficient inventory data. The goal is to find the ideal inventory sweet spot – where we maintain the lowest possible inventory levels without being understocked. Inventory should not be too much or too little, both situations are bad for the vessel.

good inventory practices

Here are a few Inventory Management best practices that will help in many ways …

1. Updated Product information like average cost, popular countries, shelf life, is it seasonal, is it hard to procure in the port of call, etc. helps to plan purchase.
2. Make an ABC list of items based on the importance (most important to least)
A- items are the highest priority stock and require regular monthly reordering.
B- items are valuable, medium-priority stock and usually require quarterly reordering.
C- items are low-priority stock and require minimal reordering.

3. Organise the stock in the storeroom according to how often the items are used, will help in optimising storage space, streamline ordering and clear clutter for ease in counting.

4. Simplify the stores' issue process. Here are few ways to follow …

  • Finalise the menu (based on the stock availability, crew preference, and other factors)
  • List out the items required for that day’s cooking on a notepad (do not go by memory).
  • Use an empty crate/basket to collect all these items (separate basket for each store).
  • Double-check each item for accuracy before taking the basket to the galley.
  • Try and reduce the number of trips to the storeroom through preplanning.

5. Chart out a ROL for critical/essential items (Re-Order Level)

  • Based on the daily consumption quantity and the average number of days between receiving provision deliveries, we can arrive at the ROL.
  • ROL= (Average daily consumption X Average days between provisions supply) + Safety Stock
  • ROL: A Reorder level tells us approximately when to order more stock (since we have reached the lowest amount of inventory to sustain before we need more).
  • When an item is reaching reorder level, make a note in for inclusion in the next order.

6. Streamline the Inventory Stocktake to mitigate the possibility of costly mistakes.

  • Schedule stocktakes to reduce the impact on galley operations.
  • Clean and organize the storerooms before performing the Stocktake.
  • Know what stocks are being counted and how is it being counted.
  • Open and count absolutely everything – no guesswork allowed.

7. Reduce the dead Inventory. Normally, most vessels would have 45 to 60 days of safety stock, maybe a value of 10 to 12K. Sometimes the vessel may be carrying excess stocks of few items that may not be required for the current crew mix / would have been excess ordered by error / received during vessel take over etc. It is important to identify and plan to effectively use or transfer these items before they expire or spoil.

8. Follow FIFO or FEFO. Use the ‘FIFO’ rule – First In, First Out – when storing food (items with no expiry date). This ensures that newer stock is routinely placed behind an older stock, and the older stock will always be used up first before it gets spoiled. For items with an expiry date, use the ‘FEFO’ rule – First Expiry, First Out. Store items based on their expiry date to ensure it is used up in time.

9. Audit your inventory. Regardless of how often the inventory is taken, we should get an external member to be part of the physically counting once a quarter. This regular exercise will ensure the physical stock matches with official records. An audit helps us to identify the gaps in time, to take appropriate corrective actions.

       * STAY SAFE STAY HEALTHY *

Good Inventory Practices

Having an efficient Inventory process is very important to plan a healthy menu in advance, and to maintain a seamless purchase cycle. It is equally important to constantly upgrade, adapt and streamline our in-house inventory operations to meet the current demands. As we all have experienced, it is very easy to slip into bad habits, inefficient practices, and land with a high cost of inventory.

By following few good practices, we will be able to maintain dynamic and efficient inventory data. The goal is to find the ideal inventory sweet spot – where we maintain the lowest possible inventory levels without being understocked. Inventory should not be too much or too little, both situations are bad for the vessel.

Here are a few Inventory Management best practices that will help in many ways …

1. Updated Product information like average cost, popular countries, shelf life, is it seasonal, is it hard to procure in the port of call, etc. helps to plan purchase.

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2. Make an ABC list of items based on the importance (most important to least)

  • A-items are the highest priority stock and require regular monthly reordering.
  • B- items are valuable, medium-priority stock and usually require quarterly reordering.
  • C-items are low-priority stock and require minimal reordering.

3. Organise the stock in the storeroom according to how often the items are used, will help in optimising storage space, streamline ordering and clear clutter for ease in counting.

4. Simplify the stores & issue process. Here are few ways to follow …

  • Finalise the menu (based on the stock availability, crew preference, and other factors)
  • List out the items required for that day’s cooking on a notepad (do not go by memory).
  • Use an empty crate/basket to collect all these items (separate basket for each store).
  • Double-check each item for accuracy before taking the basket to the galley.
  • Try and reduce the number of trips to the storeroom through preplanning.

5. Chart out a ROL for critical/essential items (Re- Order Level)

  • Based on the daily consumption quantity and the average number of days between receiving provision deliveries, we can arrive at the ROL.
  • ROL= (Average daily consumption X Average days between provisions supply) + Safety Stock
  • ROL: A Reorder level tells us approximately when to order more stock (since we have reached the lowest amount of inventory to sustain before we need more).
  • When an item is reaching reorder level, make a note in for inclusion in the next order.

6. Streamline the Inventory Stocktake to mitigate the possibility of costly mistakes.

  • Schedule stock takes to reduce the impact on galley operations.
  • Clean and organize the storerooms before performing the Stocktake.
  • Know what stocks are being counted and how is it being counted.
  • Open and count absolutely everything – no guesswork allowed.

7. Reduce the dead Inventory. Normally, most vessels would have 45 to 60 days of safety stock, maybe a value of 10 to 12K. Sometimes the vessel may be carrying excess stocks of few items that may not be required for the current crew mix / would have been excess ordered by error / received during vessel take over etc. It is important to identify and plan to effectively use or transfer these items before they expire or spoil.

8. Follow FIFO or FEFO. Use the ‘FIFO’ rule – First In, First Out – when storing food (items with no expiry date). This ensures that newer stock is routinely placed behind an older stock, and the older stock will always be used up first before it gets spoiled. For items with an expiry date, use the ‘FEFO’ rule – First Expiry, First Out. Store items based on their expiry date to ensure it is used up in time.

9. Audit your inventory. Regardless of how often the inventory is taken, we should get an external member to be part of the physically counting once a quarter. This regular exercise will ensure the physical stock matches with official records. An audit helps us to identify the gaps in time, to take appropriate corrective actions.

* STAY SAFE STAY HEALTHY *

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Food Safety, Marine Catering, Ship Provisions Supply

Food and Wellbeing

Food and wellbeing

“Well-being” is the state of being healthy, safe, comfortable, and happy. And “Wellness” is the act of practicing healthy habits daily to attain better physical and mental health outcomes. Let’s make, being healthy, a part of our overall lifestyle and prevent chronic diseases and long-term illnesses.

food and wellbeing

A healthy balanced diet includes:
Eating lots of vegetables and fruit.
Choosing whole-grain foods.
Make water your drink of choice.
Eating healthy protein (dairy, legumes, seafood, poultry, eggs, lean meats)
Limiting high & ultra-processed foods (soft drinks, chips, packaged juices,
chocolate, nuggets, hotdogs, fries, sausages, etc)

A balanced diet is essential for our body for several reasons. It provides us with the energy for day-to-day activities, helps us to grow, makes our bones and muscles strong, repairs damaged body cells, and boosts our immunity against
external harmful elements.

Research has shown that regularly eating processed and red meats (beef, lamb, pork) which are high in saturated fat, can raise the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers. Always opt for leaner cuts of unprocessed red meat, since they are unprocessed and do not contain excess salt, fat, or preservatives.

Processed red meats (bacon, hot dogs, sausage, salami, etc) carry the highest risk of health problems. Saturated fat and trans fat raise our cholesterol levels and increase the risk of heart disease. Hence, its highly recommend that we limit the amount of red meat and choose lean cuts of meat, instead.

What we eat, doesn’t just affect our physical health, it also affects our mental health and wellbeing. A well-balanced healthy diet provides all the energy we
need to keep active throughout the day. We must moderate the food intake to avoid giving wrong instructions to our bodies, we could become overweight or undernourished, and at risk for falling prey to diseases and conditions.

As the saying goes “you are what you eat" Eating healthy can boost the “good” cholesterol and decrease unhealthy triglyceride levels. Vitamins and nutrients
obtained from a healthy diet are essential for overall wellbeing. They help us relax and get better quality of sleep, unlike fatty and sugary foods at night,
which makes it difficult to fall asleep. In general, food provides vital nutrients that provide energy for all functions of the body.

Eating well boosts the immune system, which helps protect us from common infectious illnesses like allergies, colds, flu, etc. Many healthy foods also provide mood-boosting nourishment and improved cognitive functions like concentration, memory, and creativeness. Let us stay on guard and protect our health, which is the greatest of human blessings.

* STAY SAFE STAY HEALTHY *
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Menu Planning

Menu planning is the pivot of the food preparation operations in the marine industry. It is an advance plan of a dietary pattern, over a given period. The Menu is the summary of food dishes, designed to fulfil the nutritional needs of the crew. It is planned with a lot of care, keeping in mind the needs of the crew and what the galley can cater to. The biggest advantage of a well-planned menu is that it leads to crew wellbeing and satisfaction. It also helps to motivate the galley team for responsible and successful food service.

menu planningThe aim of menu planning is to:
• Meet nutritional needs – (Food is part of medical therapy)
• Provide attractive, appetizing meals
• Simplify purchase, preparation, and storage of meals
• Plan meals within the food budget
• Meet/exceed crew expectations
• Provide quality, standardization & predictability

Menu planning is one of the important activities of galley operations executed by the Food Committee and the chief cook. Menu planning calls for careful thought on many factors that would determine success.

Menu planning

Menu planning is the pivot of the food preparation operations in the marine industry. It is an advance plan of a dietary pattern, over a given period. The Menu is the summary of food dishes, designed to fulfil the nutritional needs of the crew. It is planned with a lot of care, keeping in mind the needs of the crew and what the galley can cater to. The biggest advantage of a well-planned menu is that it leads to crew wellbeing and satisfaction. It also helps to motivate the galley team for responsible and successful food service.

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The aim of menu planning is to:

  •  Meet nutritional needs – (Food is part of medical therapy).
  • Provide attractive, appetizing meals.
  •  Simplify purchase, preparation, and storage of meals.
  • Plan meals within the food budget.
  • Meet/exceed crew expectations.
  • Provide quality, standardization & predictability.

Menu planning is one of the important activities of galley operations executed by the Food Committee and the chief cook. Menu planning calls for careful thought on many factors that would determine success.

Factors to be considered while planning:

  • Stock in hand: Helps to plan the menu in accordance with storeroom availability.
  • Events and celebrations: Plan menu for the upcoming events first, and then the rest of
    the menu period accordingly.
  • Balanced Diet: To build a healthy meal, divide your dish into equal parts of lean
    protein, complex carbohydrates, and fibrous veggies.
  • Colour: Plan multiple colour combinations to break the monotony.
  • Cooking method: Use multiple cooking methods in a meal (boil, fry, bake, sauté etc).
  • Service time: Start and end time of the meal should be considered.
  • Production process: The type of production process implemented, such as traditional
    cook serve, centralized production, cook-chill, cook-freeze, etc, should be considered.
  • Convenience products: Whether full or part readymade items to be included.
  • Style of service: Consider the service style (regular sit-down buffet or party night).
  • Crew Expectations: Consider feedbacks and suggestions to incorporate them.

* STAY SAFE STAY HEALTHY *

  • Stock in hand: Helps to plan the menu in accordance with storeroom availability.
  • Events and celebrations: Plan menu for the upcoming events first, and then the rest of
    the menu period accordingly.
  • Balanced Diet: To build a healthy meal, divide your dish into equal parts of lean
    protein, complex carbohydrates, and fibrous veggies.
  • Colour: Plan multiple colour combinations to break the monotony.
  • Cooking method: Use multiple cooking methods in a meal (boil, fry, bake, sauté etc).
  • Service time: Start and end time of the meal should be considered.
  • Production process: The type of production process implemented, such as traditional
    cook serve, centralized production, cook-chill, cook-freeze, etc, should be considered.
  • Convenience products: Whether full or part readymade items to be included.
  • Style of service: Consider the service style (regular sit-down buffet or party night).
  • Crew Expectations: Consider feedbacks and suggestions to incorporate them.

For cost-effective, fresh, healthy and wholesome offshore catering services, choose Scorpio Marine every time.

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Importance of Food Safety And Hygiene In Ship’s Galley

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Galley Food Safety Catering Services

The “Galley” is the most important part of a sea-going vessel. It is the place where nutritious meals are prepared for the hard-working ship’s crew. Based on the size of the ship, the Galley would be preparing food from 10 to up to few thousands, on large cruise liners, on a day.

The Galley, being the heart of the social fabric, needs to be ensured that the layout, appliances, and safety equipment. These are perfectly aligned to the grueling chores in hand.

A safe, nutritious, and low-fat food provides the seafarers with adequate energy to perform their duties, protect their health and fight any fatigue symptoms. On the other side, if the standard hygiene practices are not handled properly onboard, food can be a major cause of diseases and foodborne outbreaks. Handling the Food Safely is of prime importance within the prevention of food-related problems onboard ships. To begin with, the sourcing of wholesome, healthy, and hygienic raw food items is very important to achieve the required food safety standards.

Galleys, food storerooms, and dining rooms are subject to MLC inspections to ensure seafarer’s health, safety, and welfare is well-taken care of. Hence, it is of prime importance that they are kept in shipshape condition to avoid any food-borne diseases, which can put vessels and crew in danger.

The following are the main risks to food safety in the galley, and service areas:

food safety

  • Biological hazards: (bacteria, viruses, moulds, yeasts, or parasites)

These organisms are commonly related to humans and raw products entering food preparation sites. Therefore, the cooking temperature of food, storage temperature & time, and awareness and execution of hygienic practices by food handlers onboard ships play a very important role in food safety.

 

chemical hazards in food

  • Chemical hazards (e.g., cleaning agents)

Chemical contamination of food may occur unintentionally either during procurement or during food processing. It is important to identify and eliminate the dangers that lurk in every corner.

 

Scorpio Marine makes sure that the food combinations offer all macro and micro-nutrients as per World Health Organization’s recommended nutrient intakes. This helps the seafarers to avoid any deficiency and to be healthy while on board.

Supplying healthy, wholesome, and safe meals on a controlled budget might be hard to achieve, however, SMS’s procurement resources help to provide balanced meals with high-quality ingredients for the crew from day one. Scorpio Marine specializes in supplying high-quality and safe provisions to all types of vessels around the globe (600 ports in 85 countries). Most of our clients are from Greece, Singapore, Norway, South Korea, Germany, UK, Denmark, India, Dubai, Netherlands

For more information on Scorpio Marine galley food safety Catering services, contact scorpiomarine@scorpiomarine.com