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Food Safety University

By Michele Pfannenstiel DVM
Welcome to Food Safety University, the only place on the Internet that talks about how to use food safety to help your food manufacturing business thrive.
We talk about plant management, money and profit, employees and management. We cover HACCP and Preventive Controls.
Food Safety University is the one podcast to listen to each week to get your dose of the food safety mindset you need!
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So long and thanks for all the fish
That's all folks! The podcast is being archived as we move on to new things in Food Safety University. All episodes will be archived within Food Safety University. It's been a great 4 year run of talking food safety, entrepreneurship and coaching. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you've done. For the hours you spent listening and the questions you've asked.
March 17, 2022
Your Exit Action Plan: A Webinar with Kate Vriner of Subelt Business Advisors
Kate and I recorded this webinar in February because we both deeply believe that in order to get where you want to go (ie...selling for a lot of money) you actually need the map now. Pens, paper, you know the drill! This was a great webinar chock full of awesome information. You can find Kate on LinkedIn You can schedule a call to talk to her here.
March 10, 2022
Interview with Michael Klemmer of Aerial Resupply Coffee
Michael is a veteran on a mission to share coffee. So clearly I had to have him on the podcast. He's got a great deal of information to share about food entrepreneurship. You can find Michael on LinkedIn (follow him, his posts are awesome) And here's the website to get the coffee!!
March 03, 2022
The Keys to Innovation: Wrapping it All Together
We've learned about resourcing, finding helpful help and letting time pass to gain experience. How do we wrap this all together to make sure innovation actually happens?
February 24, 2022
The Keys to Innovation: Time
We all want results now. We want innovation now. We want our dreams to come true now. That's such a human thing to want. But here is the thing, time is a construct and we are not in charge of time passing. We are only in charge of our experience as time passes.  Your innovation strategy must incorporate time, because it will pass, but, you can't force time, rush it or slow it. Your innovation will come when you take your internal resourcing, your external supports and add it to time.
February 17, 2022
The Keys to Innovation: Support
Finding support so that you can innovate is an inside job. Last week we discussed resourcing yourself. Building your self trust is the first step...but it is also a means to an end. You must be in the capacity to receive in order to innovate. What does that even mean? It means that if you want have to be open to accepting it. When other people step in to help because you've ASKED for what you are given the opportunity be someone who can receive helpful help. The capacity to get the help you need is a learned and learnable skill and you are only going to figure it out by trying and FAILING at it. We learn by doing my friends. The steps to being able to be supported are Learn about how you think others should be acting Recognize co-dependencies Write out job descriptions Decide what platforms, partnerships and an institutional work are right for you Every new FSU client this quarter is going to get a free plant review bonus. I will look over your drawings, send feedback and even get on the phone/Zoom with your people to make sure your building is right. Do not miss out on this opportunity because I am only selling 38 more slots in FSU this year AND I am only offering this bonus in Q1 2022.
February 10, 2022
The Keys to Innovation: Resourcing
The first step in innovation as we covered briefly last week is resourcing. What do I mean by resourcing? I mean tuning into yourself so you can find exactly what you need in yourself. Resourcing yourself is finding a place of safety from which you can accomplish anything. There are reasons that you don't feel safe inside yourself, trauma, past experiences and never being taught HOW to feel safe in your body...that it is even possible. Get comfortable and take notes because this podcast is going to change your life. If you are interested in working with the best possible program to make your food program thrive, from farm to fork, read more about FSU and book a call. The question isn't if you can afford the fee ($15K for lifetime membership) but...if your business, your animals, your people can afford NOT to be in FSU
February 04, 2022
The Keys to Innovation: Setting the Stage in Food Manufacturing
Welcome to our series on innovation. As you can imagine, we are going to cover innovation somewhat differently. Most people talking about innovation in the CPG space are talking about product, packaging or other very specific projects. I get that, it is really important to do that sort of innovation. But...that's not what I am talking about in this podcast series. This series is on innovation leadership. If you can lead through innovation, you can do ANY kind of innovation you doesn't have to be tied to a specific project. Join today and if you are in the next 3 businesses that sign up, I’ll write your SOPs for you and go over them so you know EXACTLY what to do. Find out more here 
January 27, 2022
We Never Run Out of Time: Building for your Future
In our series on time, we've looked at the way I manage and think about my time. Today...I want you to build a future where you have a great relationship with time. Then, enroll in Food Safety University and let's get to work On Tuesday 25 Jan 2022 I am hosting a webinar discussing on farm processing. Register here:
January 20, 2022
Interview with Ben Buchanan of Unified Fields
On farm processing! You've got questions...we've got answers. This week's episode is all about what you wish you knew about The regulations...USDA? State? Custom Exempt? (retail exempt isn't a thing in on farm slaughter, so we aren't covering it) Your facility...Build, buy, retrofit? Where on earth do I start? Your business...Businesses make money, hobbies cost money. On farm processing needs to make you a PROFIT. Let's start there. Register for the webinar here Check out Ben here Book a call with me to start your food safety planning here
January 13, 2022
We Never Run Out of Time: Running Your Business Today
As we have covered in this course on time...time is a construct. But you've got to still get stuff done today. What does that look like? Look, you can complain you don't have enough time...or you can do something about it. Do something about it. You'll feel better. Ready to get to work? and book a call.
January 06, 2022
We Never Run Out of Time: Your Past and Your Relationship with Time
Time is a cultural concept. We learn time from our families and our cultures. In today's episode we focus on what those stories are. This week, I invite you to look closely at what you tell yourself about time. What are the stories? What are the facts? Is what you are telling yourself about time helpful?
December 30, 2021
We Never Run Out of Time: Time Management isn't What You Think It Is
Welcome to the podcast series on time and time management Today, we are going to discuss what time management is and what it isn't. Time is an asset in your business you create with...assets in your business. And what are those assets? 1. Your brain 2. The brains of the people around you 3. The trust and credibility you've built up over time 4. Your products 5. Your processes 6. Your capital/facilities/equipment You can create time with all those assets. And with that? You can grow your business.
December 23, 2021
Money Mindset with Erin Pirro #2
What if there were easier ways to talk about money? How might you be brave to the conversation? Join me this week with Erin Pirro as we cover some more awesome money mindset conversations And when you are ready to dive over to Erin's Money Mindsets handout and get working on those questions!
December 16, 2021
Interview with Erin Pirro part 1- Money mindset
What if...conversations this year around your holiday table were even EASIER than politics. Let's talk money. Cause right now, that is an easier conversation than politics...amiright? What are the key questions to unlocking your money mindset and why does it matter. Join me and Erin as we dive in. Then...hop over to and get her free download to think deeply. Then, go observe your family as you get together and see how they talk about money. I promise it will be revealing.
December 09, 2021
Interview with Karen Talley of Hatch Richmond
I am so excited about this week's podcast because I am interviewing a fantastic client. Karen is the QA Manager at Hatch Richmond and has been in FSU for 6 months now. Come listen to what it is like being in FSU and being a client. The transformation is amazing. Would you like to work with me? Go check out Food Safety University and download our 12 Steps of HACCP to get started.
December 02, 2021
Trauma and toxic cultures- Accountability as a Solution
We've spent a lot of time talking about trauma and toxic culture on this series. Last week we covered Emotional Intelligence as a solution, and this week we are talking about accountability. It is very hard to have a toxic culture if you also have a culture of accountability. What does accountability look like? Well, the good news is that in a company that runs a great food safety plan...accountability is an easy place for you to step into. Accountability is both top down and bottom up. Solving a toxic culture comes with individual and group commitment to solving it. Commitment...depends in some fashion on accountability. Accountability to self and accountability to teammates. 
November 24, 2021
Trauma and toxic cultures- Emotional Intelligence as a Solution
This week's episode is about emotional intelligence as a solution to toxic workplace cultures and trauma. We've now spent several episodes discussing the problem of trauma and toxic workplace cultures. I think you get it! Now, what can people do about it? We can learn about what happens with our emotions and then make choices about how we act. There are things you can learn about your brain and your body so that you feel better if you are traumatize and/or are in a toxic culture. 1. Learn about story v fact and "I feel" statements 2. Understand the 3 places healing comes from 3. Learn the path to allow you to reframe and reintegrate
November 18, 2021
Trauma and toxic cultures- Common toxic patterns at work
What are the common toxic patterns we see at work? Communication that is confusing or nonexistent or charged with emotion Policies and procedures are announced and intermittently reinforced Toxic leadership...people who just are all about themselves and their power at any layer of the organization Negativity/gossip/snark You have physical symptoms of your work environment...when you are there AND when you are not In today's episode, we are going to dive into these patterns so you can recognize them and make the decision that is right for you.
November 11, 2021
Trauma and Toxic Workplace Culture: How we got here
Did you know that you are not broken and you don't need fixing? I know I have said that before, but I am saying it again. You aren't in a toxic culture because you did something wrong. Today we discuss the journey to wholeness that we've gotten separated from. Then, we discuss how that happened and where in the anatomy of our nervous system our experiencing happens.  Because to understand our workplaces, we need to understand neuroanatomy. And then, you need to understand what goes wrong when you can't respond the way you want to. Read more about the NeuroSequential Model of brain development.
November 04, 2021
Trauma and Toxic Workplace Culture: What is Trauma
Today we are going to further our exploration around trauma and toxic workplace culture with a discussion on what trauma is and what it isn't. Food manufacturing is often the employer of last resort for people and it is important that managers understand how people are coming to them, to work. Trauma is too much, too fast or too little over too long. is more than that too. Trauma affects more than 30% of the population, and those are the people we count. Listen in to learn more. And, book a call to discuss how to move the needle on a toxic workplace culture. 
October 28, 2021
Trauma and Toxic Workplace Culture: Series intro
Over the course of my years working in the food manufacturing industry, it's become very apparent to me that we need to talk about trauma and toxic workplace cultures. Because they have everything to do with food safety. Traumatized people can not do their jobs well for the long term. The Great Resignation? People escaping toxic workplace culture. That people in food manufacturing work, on average 3-5 years in a job, before they leave their employer entirely? That is hugely expensive to our industry and a result of toxic cultures set by traumatized people. This whole series has a trigger warning. Be triggered. It's ok. I've got you. Book a call and let's talk about healing that trauma Resources mentioned: The Body Keeps the Score My Grandmother's Hands What Happened to You The Wisdom of Trauma
October 21, 2021
Interview with Erin Austin
I am constantly on the look out for coaches and consultants who can help my customers. And YOU are my customer. Your business will have an endpoint. And, can we please agree that it is NOT going to be you dropping dead on the factory floor? To make sure your business is worth something to someone at some need to start NOW to figure out how to build that value. The value is in... your process your recipes your equipment But not all value is created equal. Tune in and hear the awesome conversation about how to position your business so you can sell it.
October 14, 2021
Getting 1% better at your Product
You do NOT need a whole product overhaul in order to improve your product. Today's episode is all about how to improve your product so that your customer (which includes your auditors and inspectors my friend!) has a better experience of your company and your food. It starts with the specification of course. So, let's dive in from there. Ready to work with me? I can help you. Book a discovery call here Check out Food Safety University here 
October 07, 2021
Getting 1% Better at Your Processes
Getting 1% better at process usually means...applying a process to your process. So let's do that. You are ready for this level of rigor in your business. Using The Proofing Box and the six step process, you are going to find out just how doable great processes are. always...pen and paper at the ready. Book a call with me, and let's talk about working together Check out Food Safety University...the only program out there that brings together People, Process and Product to make your business thrive.
September 30, 2021
Getting 1% better at your People
People are the cornerstone of your organization. What if you could get better and understanding them and managing them? I've got a process for you to do just that. We are going to bring out STRIVE and ask some hard questions about your people this week. always...pen and paper at the ready. Book a call with me, and let's talk about working together Check out Food Safety University...the only program out there that brings together People, Process and Product to make your business thrive.
September 23, 2021
Getting 1% better at HACCP
You can get better at HACCP. And you don't have to do it all at once. Just one step at a time. That's what we are talking about today. How do you get 1% better? Let's start with the 12 steps! It always starts there. Grab a pen and'll want to take notes for this one. And when you are ready, let's talk. Book a call here.
September 16, 2021
Introduction to getting 1% better...AKA, it's ok to go a little easier on yourself
Welcome to the next series! Over the next several weeks I am going to be covering getting 1% better. What do I mean? An how does 1% better look in an every day life?  Go get James Clear's Atomic Habits if you want a really great book that will also guide you along.
September 09, 2021
Enterprise Resource Planning Part 2
Welcome back to the podcast. This week's episode is a continuation of my conversation with Charlie Tidd on Enterprise Resource Planning. Last week we covered the decision making of whether an ERP is even right for you. This week, we are covering the nitty gritty. What does implementation planning look like? How about implementation itself? Then of the heck do you know if the ERP is even working?
September 02, 2021
Enterprise Resource Planning Part 1
Enterprise Resource Planning is so popular...there are billboards for it. Kinda weird for such a niche piece of software. That's why this week and next, I am bringing you my favorite expert...Charlie Tidd! You've met Charlie before, we've talked Lean, 5S and other sorts of manufacturing best practices. Today, Charlie and I are talking about ERP systems. What they ARE, what they AREN'T and how to make the decisions around getting one. If you are ready to get cracking on making these decisions...just book a call, and let's see how working with us can work for you.
August 26, 2021
Money Mindset for Food Business CEOs: Doing the money thing: Paying for People
People are people and why should it be?  That is a line from one of my favorite Depeche Mode songs (of the same name) People aren't going to do what we want all the time, they are going to do things that are great some of the time.  And we, as employers, pay for all of it. How do you WANT to think about all that? Let's dive into all of that as we look at doing the money thing when it comes to employees.
August 20, 2021
Money Mindset for Food Business CEOs: Doing the money thing: Paying for Stuff
There are a lot of ways to pay for stuff. You have figured a LOT of them out. But do you know ALL.THE.WAYS. you are paying for stuff? Probably not. I get it, both the money and the stuff can be overwhelming, so let's get on that! Then...go over to Food Safety University and let's get started.
August 12, 2021
Money Mindset for Food Business CEOs: Doing the money thing: Paying for Money
Are you ok with paying for money? Because paying for money is called debt. Debt is NOT a dirty word. Debt creates wealth, it creates opportunity and it is an excellent way to build a business. What is NOT GREAT is the self trash talk that comes along WITH the debt. That is what causes all the drama. Listen in and let me help you figure that out. Then go download the 12 steps of HACCP and let's get the HACCP plan together so that you can get the business together!
August 05, 2021
Money Mindset for Food Business CEOs: The mindset for money management in food manufacturing
Money management can not come with a messed up mindset. At least not with any success. So, if the first thing that happens to you when you think about money is you shut down or your mind races...then this is the episode for you.
July 29, 2021
Money Mindset for Food Business CEOs: What problem are you solving?
You have your team assembled. Now what? You need to figure out what problem are you solving? Revenue, Expense, Profit? Dig out your P/L and let's get to work Then come check out and let's book a call about working together.
July 22, 2021
Money Mindset for Food Business CEOs: Putting together your money team
There are 5 to 6 KEY people on your money team. 3 of those are gonna surprise you. 3 are going to ask the questions that need asking 1 is going to give you the data you didn't know you needed to drive great decision making. 1 is going to drive a perspective shift that will make all the difference. Who are they? Tune in and find out, then click over to Dirigo Food Safety to book a call and let's talk about Dr. P being on your team.
July 16, 2021
Introduction to Money Mindset for Food Business CEOs series
This summer we are going to change how you think about money. Less panic, more space and more money. Today's episode is all on the upcoming series and I give you one key exercise to start the summer off right. Tune in and take notes. Interested in more? Come check us out at Dirigo Food Safety 
July 08, 2021
Food Safety University Episode 46- Interview with Vikki Louise of Timehackers
How are you at managing your time? Did you know that time is a construct? IT IS TOTALLY MADE UP. And so are your bull^&%$ excuses for why you don't have time. Learn about it ALL here with the amazing coach Vikki Louise. We talk about what time hacking is and how to use it. We are talking about what it costs to waste your time. This episode will seriously change your life. Then go check out Vikki at
July 01, 2021
Episode 45- The New Plant Manager - A 'What If' FAQ For Managers
This episode is all about that ONE famous question that can throw our train of thought directly off the track: 'What if...?' Today, we'll discuss some common questions that new plant managers ask themselves and, in turn, lose time, happiness and productivity. Join us!
June 29, 2021
FSU Episode 44- Food Manufacturing Leadership Series Final Episode! Supply chain
What an interesting set of podcasts we've had. I now have people emailing me and saying "Dr. P! I did my who before how question and OMG everything worked" On this, the last episode of the series, we are talking supply chain. Because someone has to. Folks, the supply chain in local foods is, as my NCOIC used to say "tore up from the floor up". What results are you creating with your supply chain? Is it the one you want? Were you able to supply what you needed this past year? Take a minute and ask yourself why.  Because your success with your supply chain comes down to WHO you are being, every time (pssst...this is true of EVERY relationship). Get square with all that this episode.
June 25, 2021
FSU Episode 42- Food Manufacturers Leadership Series- Equipment
Just picture have a gleaming new piece of equipment arriving tomorrow. You've got everything planned and the installation is going to work flawlessly. The tech is already in town, training your employees, and the maintenance crew is all set for the new equipment to arrive and be integrated into the production space. And now your reality...OMG I NEED [Insert Equipment name here] or else everything is going to fall apart. If the first scenario is your reality...skip to the end of the episode, because I talk about how to get rid of your equipment graveyard If the second is more on par with your life, this episode is going to knock your socks off.
June 18, 2021
Episode 41 - The New Plant Manager - 360 degree Accountability
Accountability certainly has an impact on productivity and your bottom line. But what if I told you that productivity was the least important result of implementing personal responsibility in your workplace? Listen in for my easy-to-follow plan for managing by leveraging your team's strengths, and building a culture of 360 degree accountability - from the top of the bottom, and from the bottom up. 
June 15, 2021
FSU Episode 40 Food Manufacturing Leadership Series- Corrective Actions
Do you avoid writing your corrective actions? I have so many clients who do. And they avoid it because of one thing. This episode will cover that one thing in depth and show you a way to deal with it. This episode will change the trajectory of your facility and your life
June 11, 2021
FSU Episode 39 - The New Plant Manager - The Meeting Schedule
Meetings can often feel like unfocused downtime that takes us away from production. What if your meetings could be short, sweet, focused and to the point? They can be, and in today's episode, we'll discuss the WHO and the HOW. First it's important to discuss who we want to be while leading these meetings.  As it turns out, regularly scheduled meetings have just as much to do with building relationships as they do reviewing metrics and giving directions.
June 08, 2021
FSU Episode 38 - Food Manufacturing Leadership series - New Markets...who before how
When should you lead your company into new markets? And, what the heck do I mean by a new market any way? There are 2 kinds of new markets, which we cover in the podcast... But, there's the THINKING first, before the charging into a new market. What are the questions you need to ask yourself? Get more goodness
June 04, 2021
Episode 37 - The New Plant Manager pt 8, The Training Program
Have you ever found yourself thinking, 'What if we spend all this time and money training our employees, and they leave for another company?' If so, I would answer you with 'Well, what if we DON'T train them, and they stay?' A robust training program is highly beneficial to your bottom line, but more importantly, is a huge foundational block for building a company culture of retention, engagement, collaboration and innovation.
May 31, 2021
Episode 36 - Food Manufacturing Leadership series- Expansion...who before how
What if your expansion project...what is next on the horizon for you in terms of floors, walls and ceilings, your new equipment, your new footprint ...came from your highest and best self? What if the question isn' am I going to find the money? But rather...who am I going to be? That my magic.
May 28, 2021
FSU Episode 35 - The New Plant Manager series Part 7 - The Safety Audit
Every worker wants to feel safe enough to do their job correctly and to the best of their ability. It's a management team's responsibility to be committed to providing that. Where does your business stand on safety? Join us this week to discuss the ins and outs of auditing your business' safety plan. We discuss Worker's Comp, forming a team, training and more!
May 24, 2021
FSU Episode- 34 Interview with Matt McGhee
Are you leading or are you managing? There is a really big difference. Being a leader is taking a step back, not coming in on top of someone. Join me as I talk with Matt McGhee a Plant Leader in the oil/gas industry. He has studied and practiced leadership for his whole career. Our fascinating conversation will change the way you see your plant.
May 21, 2021
FSU Episode 33- Food Manufacturing Leadership series- Employees...who before how
Welcome back to our leadership series. Let's talk about leading employees. What's your plan there? Remember results...then who...then how. You can use this question with every employee issue you have. Ready to get to work? Go to and let's do it.
May 14, 2021
FSU Episode 32 - The New Plant Manager - Part 6 - Intro to Small Plant Finance
Do you find your plant finances to be a black box? Are financial statements accessible and transparent? Do you know what to measure or how to tell if you're making money? Join us today, as we interview plant finance and project management expert Dane Creighton about his experiences as a new plant manager and how we recommends wrapping your head around your financial statements.
May 10, 2021
FSU Episode 31 - Food Manufacturing Leadership series- Creating introduction to who before how
This leadership series is going to change your life. Let's get real on what it means to create results. It doesn't mean what you think it means. It means showing up as who you are meant to be and getting ish done till the result is created. That is it It's no harder or easier than that. 
May 07, 2021
FSU Episode 30- Introduction to Leadership- What if it all was just easier than you think?
I have been doing a lot of thinking and coaching on leadership. And, I've come to the conclusion that a lot of people are failing at it in our food plants...not because they aren't trying...but because they are trying too hard. What? Heresy...I know. Here's the thing though...leadership is a learned and learnable skill. I just think we've learned the wrong lessons. I think people are making it way too hard and are suffering a LOT as a result. This series is designed to start to fix that. We are going to start with how I help my clients set their course of direction and then talk about the process we use for figuring anything out. Finally, I am going to introduce you to a new way of thinking about how to make any decision.
April 29, 2021
FSU Episode 29 - The New Plant Manager - Part 5 - Interview with Travis Stockstill AKA American Butcher, expert Production Manager
This week, we talk to Travis Stockstill, AKA American Butcher! Travis is an expert butcher and production manager who has overseen several high-complexity plants in his highly accomplished career, including Ready-to-Eat facilities. He shares some of his personal experiences and gives advice to food production managers of all skill levels.
April 27, 2021
Episode 28- Interview with Professor Robert Paarlberg about "Resetting the Table"
One of the most awesome things about my life is that I am a graduate of Wellesley College. Being in the "W Network" as we call it brings certain advantages. Not only can I find alums almost anywhere in the world doing anything that I might have a question about, we also have professors that do very interesting work and are more than happy to talk to grads...even ones decades out! Meet Professor Robert Paarlberg, a political science professor and researcher of ag policy. He and I discussed his new book "Resetting the Table: STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT THE FOOD WE GROW AND EAT" This discussion was fascinating because we are absolutely more alike than we are different and there are so many solutions on the table for feeding people...not just calories...but food. More about the book and Professor Paarlberg here
April 22, 2021
Episode 27 - The New Plant Manager Pt. 4, What is a Gap Audit?
In this week's episode of the New Plant Manager series, we address all of your recent questions by taking a deeper dive into what exactly a gap audit is! In this episode, you'll learn about: Gap Audits and why need do them Risk Analysis Elements of a Program Elements of a Standard Operating Procedure What auditors are looking for Tune in to find out how to make management life much less difficult and time consuming!
April 19, 2021
FSU Episode 26- Make Money as a Food Producer #3
What is the next step in breaking through to make money as a food producer? Thru questions Important ones (because yes, there are dumb questions...the ones you don't want answered with the truth) Questions empower On today's podcast, I'll teach you the ONE question I ask that changed everything Ready to get going... Well, you have a great OPPORTUNITY here... join us at food safety university TODAY.
April 15, 2021
Episode 25 - The New Plant Manager Pt. 3, The Operations Gap Audit
In part 3 of our New Plant Manager series, we'll continue on our internal gap audit. This week, we'll be taking a look at the first portion of our Operations Structure, the Facilities Programming.  We'll take this opportunity to discuss the most important elements of any program: Risk Analysis Risk-based policies Prerequisite programs SOPs sSOPs Verification and Calibration Validation Work Instructions they pertain to your physical assets, such as equipment, facilities and the ground you're built upon.
April 12, 2021
FSU Episode 24- Interview with Jennell Carter and Alicia Menard of Casco Bay Creamery
If you are thinking about opening a business, going into co-packing or thinking about what it is like to work with me...I want to introduce you to some of the best women in the food space on the planet. Go deep with Jennell and Alicia as we talk about how I have coached them to grow and build their business.  If you've ever wondered what it is like to be my is your chance to listen in! Then go check out Casco Bay Creamery.
April 08, 2021
Episode 23 - The New Plant Manager Pt. 2, The Organizational Audit
Have you ever walked into a new management job and wondered, 'Where the heck to I start?' If so, this episode is for you. In this week's installment of The New Plant Manager series, David discusses the first part of the New Plant Management Model, the Organizational Gap Analysis.  In other words, we find out about your company's reporting structure and determine what you already have for a robust personnel management program, and what you need and then how to bridge the gap.  It's the first steps to stepping into your new role as a manager in a new plant.
April 07, 2021
FSU EPisode 22- Make Money as a Food Producer Part 2
In this week's episode of the podcast we are going to take making money as a food producer even further than the beliefs we talked about last week. Beliefs are first. Next we've got to talk about dreaming much money do you want to make? How do you set a goal without killing yourself?
April 01, 2021
Episode 21 - The New Plant Manager Series Introduction
This episode of The Food Safety University Podcast is the first of a new weekly segment called' The New Plant Manager' with David Zarling. David is a Senior Associate at Dirigo Food Safety with a background in production management, plant management, and all levels and forms of butchery, including USDA inspected field slaughter.  In this series, David will discuss everything you need to step into a plant management role or assume the GM role in a plant new to you. We'll discuss a model that lets you confidently become the manage that your team, your shareholders and you need you to be. 
March 31, 2021
FSU Episode 20- Interview with Dirigo Food Safety Sr. Associate David Zarling
Great news all, this is another peak behind the scenes look at Dirigo Food Safety and what we are doing, where we are going and how we are run. David Zarling, plant manager, butcher and leadership coach extraordinaire is joining me today to talk shop. And, we have some pretty cool announcements for the podcast. Listen up and share, because we are doing all sorts of good things around here.
March 25, 2021
FSU Episode 19- Make Money as a Food Producer Part 1
Why are you making food? Why on earth are you putting all this effort into your business? In part 1 of our series I am going to tackle this issue head on with you. These episodes are going to make your THINK. And then they are going to make you GROW.
March 18, 2021
FSU Episode 18- Food safety planning is a gift to your future self
You know who LOVES a well executed food safety plan? Your future self. The one who can deal with any problem thrown at them because they've got a great foundation. But how do you even develop a relationship with that person? Who are they and how do you think about them?
March 11, 2021
FSU Episode 17- Building your business by focusing on the future
Are you arguing with reality and spending your time re-litigating the past? Many clients do this frequently. It makes total sense because...that's how you were taught to think. But what if you could stop doing that. What if you could stop focusing on the stuff you can not change, and focus on the stuff you can. That's what happens when you decide who you want to be in your business, before you decide what you want to do. Who before how...always.
March 04, 2021
FSU Episode 16- Interview with Maggie Reyes
Today, I am bringing my coach, the wonderful Maggie Reyes, on to the podcast to talk about communication. Maggie brings a world of experience to the topic of communication, from her position in HR in the cruise industry, to being a life coach for Type A women who are creating better marriages, and now she's bringing it to food manufacturing! Because food manufacturers are people...who need to communicate with other people. All of Maggie's goodness can be found at and check out her Marriage MBA program 
February 25, 2021
FSU Episode 15- Measuring and Monitoring Devices
Calibration...what a thrilling topic! It's pretty rad though that there are all sorts of devices out there that measure whether or not our food meets our critical limits though!  But the deal have make sure those devices are working. How you ask? Well, good thing you can find out.  And, when you want to stop worrying about whether your SOPs are ok and just want the swipe files...time to join us at Food Safety University. Enroll today and get Certified HACCP training Certified Preventive Controls Training All the SOPs you'll ever need for your food safety plan The 90 day validations for passing your audit Live support from me...answering any question, every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month Click here to check it out
February 18, 2021
FSU Episode 14- Interview with Jill Stuber
I am delighted to bring you this interview with Jill Stuber, the Food Safety Coach. Jill, like me, knows that it is the people who are the key to making your facility work. Listen in as we talk about how we coach our clients and the transformations coaching brings. You can catch all Jill's goodness at the Food Safety Coach.
February 11, 2021
FSU Episode 13- Productions and Operations 1: Training to Competence
Competence...Does your workforce have it and do you know? And for that matter...why is it important? A competent workforce is your key to saving time, money and a lot of energy. So how do you get a trained and competent workforce? Listen in!
February 04, 2021
FSU Episode 12- Pest Management and Pest Control
Pest management is one of those things that is pretty easy to get right. Unless of course you don't do it. You know more than you think you do around pest control!
January 28, 2021
FSU Episode 11- Doing the Small Stuff
In talking with so many clients what is really obvious is that they are looking for really big wins...I get it...big wins feel good. But it is the small stuff, done right, every day that makes the biggest difference
January 21, 2021
FSU Episode 10- Document Control
When my clients look at document control they often cringe. It's boring, it's hard, and it shows little result. Well, no kidding is sucks if you approach it like that. What if your document control process was the key to the efficiency of your food safety system?
January 14, 2021
FSU Episode 9- Crisis Communications
I am a total Gen Xer and sci fi fan...and as such...I love Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy And so my friends...think of this episode as having nice friendly red letters that say...Don't Panic Look, I know it is easy to panic in a crisis. But you can over come that. Listen up for how. And if you want to do all your planning the easy way...go download the 12 Steps of HACCP to get started
January 07, 2021
FSU Episode 8- Habits and Power Questions
2021 is going to be the year of habits around here. And today on the podcast we are going to start with the habits to get into to create the results you want in the world I'm discussing The Proofing Box method and the questions you need to ask to get your results.
December 31, 2020
FSU Episode 7- Interview with Ted Lebow of Kitchen Table Consultants
Happy Holidays! Ready to get your food business going? Tune into our amazing conversation with Ted Lebow of Kitchen Table Consultants Learn what we wish you knew BEFORE you got started... And check out Ted here
December 23, 2020
FSU Episode 6- Calibration and calibration checking
Making sure that the equipment you use to monitor your product and process is incredibly important. There are certain things you need to do to make this work. Listen in for how to set up your calibration program. This is a great nitty gritty episode for everyone who is wondering the HOW of food safety, so you'll want to take notes.
December 17, 2020
FSU Episode 5- Food Defense/Biosecurity/Visitors
If we have learned anything in 2020 it is that keeping our facilities and our people safe is pretty tough. We've got different competing needs that we have to balance and it is anything but easy. Let's make it a little easier. This episode is going to cover what to do to get your facility or farm secure as it can be. The approach, as our approach to all things, is through the HACCP planning process. Download the 12 steps of HACCP now by going to
December 10, 2020
FSU Episode 4- Training
There are 3 statements that make training effective. And I am 99% sure you don't know what they are, or why you need to agree with them. I am also 99% sure that every single corrective action you write has Training as an action.  Let me be the first to tell are doing it wrong. More training isn't the answer. Better training is.
December 03, 2020
FSU Episode 3 - Interview with Leon Witham
Truly, you can't talk about Sanitation too in depth here on FSU. Today I talk with Leon Witham, one of my favorite people in food safety. Leon brings an incredible level of dedication and service to our industry and his customers. There is probably almost no question on sanitation he can't answer.
November 26, 2020
FSU Ep 2- Personal Protective Equipment and Personal Hygiene
This is the most 2020 thing to talk about. How we dress and how we protect ourselves and the product at work is a learned and learnable skill. You just need to DECIDE to learn it. You need to make the choice that doing PPE and personal hygiene the right way, every single time you do it, is an activity worth doing.
November 20, 2020
FSU Episode 1
Wait what??! Episode 1? That's right folks...we are having a rebrand. The Smallholder Food Business Development Institute Podcast is now... Food Safety University Let's do it!
November 12, 2020
Episode 109- How not to freak out at customer feedback
In food manufacturing you need a Customer Complaint program. It's something you've got to think about and document. I see so many of my clients freak out about them that they routinely get caught short in all the things they could learn from them. If that's's the podcast that fixes that.
November 05, 2020
Episode 108- Block and Tackle CAPA
Corrective Actions and Preventive Actions... What are the steps?  What do you need to think about? Because for your program to be need to have harder conversations than you are having. You need to dig deeper and GO THERE. Stop pencil whipping this stuff. Use your mistakes to get better.
October 30, 2020
Episode 107- Authority and Your Business
There is jurisdiction and there's authority. Who has what where in your business and what does it mean for you and your relationship with your regulators?
October 22, 2020
Episode 106- The New Normal and Adapting to COVID and Pandemic Disease
In the 6 step framework I introduced in Episode 103 I said it can be used for anything. Well, today we are going to deploy it for how to keep on keepin' on as COVID is our reality for some time. Today's episode will go over who is on your response team, what the scope of the problem is, who solutions apply to, what the heck the solutions are and the steps for implementation and continuous process improvement. This is a very important episode folks. Tune in, take notes and think. Helpful Links:
October 15, 2020
Episode 105 - Interview with CheFarmer Matthew Raiford of Gillard Farms
Matthew is one of my favorite people and I am delighted to speak with him about his journey. He and I have worked together on a number of projects. His wisdom and care and heart centeredness in the agricultural world is a breath of fresh air for entrepreneurs everywhere. Need more goodness? Check out his brand new podcast on Heritage Radio Network: Jupiter's Almanac
October 08, 2020
Episode 104- 90 Day Validations
Do you do what you say you are going to do and is it helpful... I am sorry to say that it isn't enough to just write your HACCP plan. You've got to make sure it works. And you've got to make sure all the SOPs that support it work to. You do that by doing a 90d validation. Learn how and where you can get more help on this episode.
October 01, 2020
Episode 103- The 6 Steps to Get You Started on Any Food Safety Plan
There are 6 steps to ANY food safety project whether it is SOPs, or HACCPs or employee training... Learn what they are and how to get them to work in your business.
September 24, 2020
Episode 102- Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessments
If you are a company trying to pass an audit...tune in because you need a food fraud vulnerability assessment. And I got a program for that. In today's episode we are going to cover... What is food fraud? What are the commonly adulterated foods? How do you do a food fraud assessment?
September 17, 2020
Episode 101- Doing it All, All at Once
Ready for the next 100 episodes? Because I am.  Let's set the stage though... Goals. You've got 'em. You love setting them, they feel awesome. Are you using them to beat the stuffing out of yourself? Probably.  Which makes you feel bad. So you set more goals for yourself because that makes you feel good and productive. Welcome to The High Achiever Goal Cycle. Let's get off that hamster wheel and onto running awesome businesses. Listen in, and start observing where you are doing all.the.things. and whether or not that is working for you. Then join us over on The Proofing Box (the FREE Facebook group) and let's talk about the goals. Over the course of the next 100 episodes we are going to talk about food safety and business planning What's working What's not working And what are we going to do differently. HACCP Business planning Life Get ready
September 10, 2020
Episode 100- Running a Family Business with Andrew
It's been 8 1/2 years on our business journey It's been 14 1/2 years on our marriage journey What works? What doesn't work? What are we going to do differently? Tune in and find out.
September 03, 2020
Episode 99 - Interview with ASI
Are you ready for a 3rd party audit? Well, if you've ever wondered what you need to do to prep, this is the episode for you. Join me as I interview 2 auditors from ASI on what goes into an audit and what you can do to make the whole process easier.
August 27, 2020
Episode 98- Testing and Environmental Monitoring a year on
When I last covered testing and environmental monitoring we talked a lot about the how of what you do... Today we talk about the why... Doing product testing and environmental monitoring well gives a lot of insight into your food safety culture. Get on board with how to do the testing and what it means for your company.
August 20, 2020
Ep 97- Preventive Maintenance for Fun and Profit.
How much time do you spend in preventive maintenance...and how much in urgent and emergency maintenance... Next awful does all that emergency maintenance feel. Awful, right? What if you instituted PM and made this all suck less? What if your maintenance dept had FUN at work once in a while? Imagine how much more they'd get done my friend! Join my on this week's episode live on The Proofing Box and let's talk about how to make that happen.
August 13, 2020
Episode 96- The Language of Food Safety
I say HACCP, you say HACCP...and we mean different things... Say wha?! Crazy, I know. But join me for this podcast and learn about the vocabulary! Let's clear all that up so that you can get your plans written!
August 06, 2020
Episode 95- How to be a product of your product
You food changes lives. How do I know this? Because it's changed mine. Yours, my clients, the whole smallholder food changes lives. And changing lives is tough work and requires a lot of you. And when the going is rough, I want you to think about the opportunity you have to be a product of your product. I am going to tell you how that process works with me, and how you can incorporate that into not only your every day work, but your SOPs and how you work in your business.
July 30, 2020
Episode 94- Interview with Tracy Hoth
What's the mindset around being organized? That's the real question. Anyone can 5S their facility once...but it takes a lot more brain work to keep your facility and stuff under control.
July 23, 2020
Episode 93- Attachment versus Commitment
We talk a lot about goal setting around here and it is easy to go down the rabbit hole of attachment to goals. Commitment though, is much more powerful. Both can be useful, but commitment will get you everywhere, where as attachment doesn't. Tune in to learn the difference. And when you are ready to a call.
July 16, 2020
Episode 92- You and your business
Let's diving into your relationship with yourself...what are the things you build your life on? Are they what you want to bring forward into your future?​ The foundations of freedom and opportunity are pretty simple... Wealth Community Compliance When we work to understand these we build assets. PERSONAL assets.... 1) Your relationship with yourself 2) Your relationship with others 3) The products of your life 4) The processes of your life 5) The capital in your life Where are you with the personal assets in your life?
July 09, 2020
Episode 91 - Interview with Matt Kuchera of Vet Pivot
Vets- listen up! This vet is talking to another awesome vet this week. Matt runs Vet Pivot, works in finance and is the walking definition of amazing.  We cover lots of awesome stuff for non vets in this one as well, so you will all want to tune in!
July 02, 2020
Episode 90- Interview with John Stoj
Talking finance and small business today on the podcast. We've got a fun interview with John Stoj out of Sandy Springs, GA. He's a whiz at all things finance for small business. Finance and the world we live in today is no easy task, but John makes it wicked fun.
June 25, 2020
Episode 89 - Inclusive Excellence Part 2
Last week I talked about the mindset around racial justice. This week is the how.  - Learn how to go through a SOP so that it works for you. - Learn the 3 key pieces of implementing an Inclusive Excellence SOP. Need the SOP? Join us at the Proofing's in the files section
June 18, 2020
Episode 88 - Inclusive Excellence in Food Production Part 1
The goals of Inclusive Excellence are - to center to conversations of our colleagues of color and other cultures in ways that they wish to be centered - to be an example of what is possible when we dig into discomfort - to be an example of what a white woman can do to be part of the conversation and be brave and make mistakes Join me for the transformation
June 11, 2020
Episode 87 - Interview with Paula Horne
Join us for this fascinating interview with Paula Horne, entrepreneur extraordinaire. Learn how she's transitioned out of the military and into a world of hot sauce. Our conversation is fun and chock full of what you need to know as you are getting your business started.
June 04, 2020
Episode 86 - Monitoring and verification
I get think monitoring and verification is wicked boring/tedious/hell of a lot of work Here's the deal, you can change your whole outlook on your business by approaching monitoring and verifications as activities that create wealth, community and compliance. Join us to learn how and the dive into those question by joining us on The Proofing Box.
May 28, 2020
Episode 85 - Interview with Jeff Hahn
Jeff Hahn is the owner and principal of Hahn Public. Jeff focuses on brand crafting, message development and crisis communications and I ask desperately is that needed right now? Grab a pen and be prepared to take notes on how you can lead through effective communications. This is so important right now.
May 21, 2020
Episode 84 - Providing value changes people's lives
As local food has its moment, we are finding out a LOT about value and pricing. What do we mean when we say value? How are making sure you are delivering value to your customers? How does that affect your profit? Grab your pen, paper and brain and let's find out.
May 15, 2020
Episode 83 - Interview with Larry Shiller
This week I talk to Larry Shiller, an educator and practitioner of how grit and resilience can be used in our lives and workplaces. How gritty are you? Find out here
May 07, 2020
Episode 82- Tracing and Lotting
How does something so prosaic as trace and lotting create wealth and freedom?  Such a great question, I am glad you asked! Because this episode will not only tell you how freedom lies on the other end of a functioning trace and lot program, but, how to do one. It's VASTLY easier than you think. So get to work. Want help with that? Book a call with Dr. P to get into the Power Group for May. 90 days to build the foundation of your business.  
May 01, 2020
Episode 81 - Interview with Cristina Roman
Are you ready to get your time management game on? Join me for an amazing interview with Christina Roman of Pique Coaching She's an expert at helping you focus and get your work done, quite getting distracted and get the results you want in your business and life
April 23, 2020
Minisode- Mobile Slaughter
There are so many questions out there about mobile slaughter, and this episode is all about answers... Humane handling Water/sewage- and errata here...I am off by an order of magnitude it is 0.3 gallons of water per pound of value added processing. Join us at The Proofing Box with questions.
April 19, 2020
Episode 80- CCPs and CLs
That is Critical Control Points and Critical Limits Know 'em, love 'em and execute them with perfection. Find out how...
April 17, 2020
Episode 79 - Interview with Sheila Austin
Join us as Dr. P talks to Sheila Austin. Sheila is doing some really interesting things in small ruminants in FL. Her experience and insight is invaluable if you are thinking about going into processing.
April 09, 2020
Episode 78 - All boats rise, a pathway to a secure regional supply chain
I have a radically new approach to regional food supply chains. This is information that our communities need, right now. How do you approach your supply chain? How do you manage your supply chain? What if it isn't all as hard as you think?
April 02, 2020
Episode 77 - Interview with Barbara Shepherd
Join me as I interview Barbara Shepherd a cannabis entrepreneur. This fascinating conversation covers a wide range of things you need to be thinking about as you start your cannabis venture.
March 26, 2020
76- Justifying your decisions in your hazard analysis
In this week's episode we are covering some discussion about corona virus to start and then we are diving into justification for decisions in your hazard analysis. Really...why are hazards NRLTO or RLTO? Even know what that means? Well listen in and find out!
March 19, 2020
Episode 75 - Interview with Felicia Broccolo
Felicia is an amazing coach who really gets performance. She started her coaching business from a conversation about clean eating and body image. Do you know what conversation your target market is having about their foods? Tune in to find out.
March 12, 2020
Episode 74 - Interview with Kelly Hanlin McCormick
Anxiety. It might actually be a public health crisis. I have anxiety, you might, or someone you know and love might. Join us for a magical conversation with Kelly, a superb life coach who focuses on transforming anxiety from something something you can live with.
March 05, 2020
Episode 73 - How to do a hazard analysis
We've gone through the five pre-steps of HACCP and now we are on to the meat of the matter as it were. And here is where everyone gets stopped. Stopped in confusion and overwhelm and regulations and AIGH ISN'T THIS SUPPOSED TO BE A CCP. That overwhelm all comes from a fear that you are going to do it wrong and nothing is going to work and all your efforts will be for nothing. Stop. Breathe. I get it. I've been there. I was once new at this too. Listen, you aren't writing the Bible or any other Holy Book. You are writing a food safety plan. It is ok if it isn't right on the first or even 10th try. It won't be. Write it anyway. Write it in fear and loathing and failure. Know that is what you are going to feel when you write a hazard analysis. Plan on it. It is the tax you get to pay for building the business of your dreams.
February 28, 2020
Episode 72- Branding with David Lemley of Retail Voodoo
Branding. Live by it. If your brand ain't working for you, it ain't working. Join us as I chat with David Lemley of Retail Voodoo on how to get your brand squared away. And then of course, it is off to the welders with you so you can get one for your cattle! JK, we freeze brand them now.
February 20, 2020
Episode 71- Productive Negative Emotions
Negative emotions can be in us and drive us forward and... nothing is going wrong. Feelings always create actions. You get to figure out if they are going to drive actions that move you forward.
February 13, 2020
Tech Talk- Corona virus and zoonotic disease
I get it, folks are worried. But, listen, this doesn't have to overwhelm you. Simple measures around handwashing and biosecurity are the name of the game. If you've got questions head on over to The Proofing Box and ask 'em!
February 11, 2020
Episode 70- The 5 Pre Steps of HACCP- Step 5 Verify your Process Flow Diagram
A verified Process Flow Diagram. You either have it or you don't. Many is the time I've walked through a plant and said "did anyone actually LOOK at this?" because "umm, no" is usually the answer. Let's fix that shall we? 
February 06, 2020
Episode 69 - Intro to The Proofing Box Pt 4- Leadership and Service
Are you ready to create results? Leaders create results.  What would your life look like if you stepped into leading yourself? It sounds simple, and it can be. But, acknowledging and stepping into your own leadership is a profound journey. Local food needs leaders, it needs you. Join me on this journey, won't you?
January 30, 2020
Episode 68- Intro to the 5 Pre-Steps of Food Safety Planning Step 4 Process Flow Diagramming
Seriously, what could be more fun than process flow diagramming? The ANNOUNCEMENT I am coming out with for my veteran community. How do we do it around here? We build community.
January 23, 2020
Episode 67- Book Yourself Solid Part 2
In this episode I go over the STRIVE questions and the thought management process that I use to create trust and credibility. It doesn't matter what you are selling, you need to manage your mind to achieve the results you are looking for.
January 16, 2020
Episode 66 Book Yourself Solid Part 1
What if everything you knew about marketing and sales was wrong? Join me for this first in a 4 part series on exactly how to sell to grow and scale your business .
January 10, 2020
Episode 65- Managing your Inventory Part 1
Join me with Charlie Tidd (my awesome brother) as we talk about managing inventory inputs. This episode is going to change everything about how you see all that stuff stacked up in your walkins, your coolers and freezers.
January 02, 2020
Episode 64- The 5 Pre-Steps of Food Safety Planning Step 3
Step 3 of pre planning for success is understanding your customer and understanding how your customer consumes your food.  The bigger question here is how are you providing value to your customer, and then tying that value to your food safety plan.
December 27, 2019
Episode 63- Intro to The Proofing Box Part 2: Leadership
The underlying stability of The Proofing Box is the mindset management around leadership. What is it, how do you understand it and how do you practice your own leadership?
December 19, 2019
Episode 62 - 5S your Food facility
An encore presentation of our 5s discussion with Charles Tidd. Join us this week on the podcast where Dr. P and Charlie Tidd talk about the basis of 5S in food manufacturing and how they can help you in your own facility.
December 12, 2019
Episode 61 - The 5 pre steps to food safety planning series: Step 2
You've formed your team. Now what. Now you have to describe what you make. It shouldn't be hard...and yet.
December 05, 2019
Episode 60- Introduction to The Proofing Box- Leadership and Your Minimum Viable Product
Why is leadership tough? How have you go about solving your leadership problems and what hasn't worked? What is your MVP and how can you use this concept to drive your business forward?
November 28, 2019
Episode 59- Feeling Marginally Less Awful
Let's not shoot for the stars just yet... Let's just start with the 3 steps to feel marginally less awful
November 21, 2019
Episode 58- The 5 Presteps of Food Safety Planning Intro and Step 1
You've decided to embark on a food business. Now you need a food safety team. Why? Food safety is a team sport! Listen in for the history of food safety planning, how we got here, and how to start on your documented food safety plan.
November 15, 2019
Episode 57- Obvious Results
How do we look at the obvious results?  - Health - Wealth - Relationships Why do we look at the obvious results? Because telling ourselves truth, even if it is optional thoughts, creates clarity and allows us to manage our minds, which is the KEY asset in a business. When we serve up truth to ourselves, we have our own back. We learn that we belong to ourselves, and so many of us have a story of not belonging. Being vulnerable to the truth in our lives allows us to decide.
November 08, 2019
Episode 56- Feed and feeding of food animals
On today's episode we are going to cover what to feed your food animals. Primarily cattle and hogs. Let's get some feed biochemistry going my friends!
October 31, 2019
Episode 55- Questioning Assumptions
One of the best tools in my mind management toolkit is questioning assumptions. What assumptions do I make in around my thoughts? Asking this question takes thought work to the next level and can create massive breakthroughs in your life. Learn the 5 questions I ask myself during my own self coaching and work them into your life.
October 24, 2019
Episode 54- African Swine Fever
I've gotten a ton of questions on ASF. Well, here are some answers. The short version...if your pigs are blue and dying, call your state vet. The podcast covers a bit more than that though, so tune in!
October 17, 2019
Episode 53- Stop Hugging the Cactus
Guess what? Negative thoughts about everything...are totally optional. What would happen if you decided that your negative thoughts, when they happen, aren't serving you? Miracles, that's what. You'll feel like you lost 20# in an instant. Join me and learn how to stop hugging the cactus. Learn how dropping negativity builds assets and creates wealth (no, I am not kidding). Learn how I drop the negativity in my head It's an amazing episode!
October 10, 2019
Episode 52- On farm/initial production QA programs for animal based proteins.
Let's talk how you know you are making what you are making. It's through putting systems in place. Today we are talking on farm quality assurance systems, I promise they aren't as scary as you think! Join us to learn about PQA Plus, BQA, LQA, FQA Find out about the first, easy step you can take to create an on farm quality assurance system. Links from today's podcast:
October 03, 2019
Episode 51- The Cost of Doing Nothing
When we choose anger over empowerment When we choose to avoid food safety planning by being angry it costs us a LOT It costs our health, our wealth, and our relationships. What is your inaction or your anger costing you?
September 27, 2019
Episode 50- Chemical Hygiene Plans
This is one of those topics where people just simply tune out. They know that they are supposed to do it, and they just don't. Why is that? Cause it is boring Cause it is hard (not really) Cause they are afraid of it Let's clear that up shall we?
September 19, 2019
Episode 49- Food Safety Behaviors
Food safety is all about action. Often times, we act first, believe second. So what are those actions? How do we actually mitigate risk? What does that mean for leading and serving ourselves, our teams and our customers?
September 12, 2019
Episode 48- Internal Audits
What could be more fun for a food facility than doing internal audits? Well, I love to do them, and now you can to! But seriously folks, internal audits are the difference between the results you have and the results you want. Why? Because if you decide to do the work, they allow you to show up to your product, process and people. Be brave my friends. Come learn how to serve up truth with internal audits.
September 06, 2019
Episode 47- Next level thinking
Join me on a trip through a thought download. What does it look like when I confront the thoughts that keep me up at night?  Thought work is a learned and learnable skill that requires vulnerability. Join me on this amazing journey.
August 29, 2019
Episode 46- Calibration
What if how you did calibration was how you did everything? Listen in and learn what I mean...
August 23, 2019
Episode 45- Finding Your Purpose
What does finding your purpose look like? Sit and think Health, Wealth, Relationships What are some themes that have run through your life? What does your future self think? How did I do it? Why bother at all?
August 16, 2019
Episode 44- Testing and Monitoring
Testing doesn't have to be complicated. I promise Join Dr. P as as she walks you thru both FSIS N60 testing and USDA/FDA environmental monitoring for Listeria.  If you are still overwhelmed, book a call and we'll get you straightened out
August 09, 2019
Episode 43 - How to keep the doors open
A follow up to the emergency call y'all heard about last week. How do you keep the doors open? 1) Observe 2) Train 3) Act 4) Document Now you know how to keep the doors open.
August 02, 2019
Episode 42 - Wealth Creation encore
This is an encore presentation of Wealth Creation.... What would happen if you opened up your business plan and put Food Safety costs in there? The real costs?I kid you not, you would build wealth in your organization and your life by doing food safety well. You'll have a more realistic cost structure so that food safety costs don't smack you in the face. You'll find out that telling your financial truth builds wealth.  I promise, you'll have less anxiety and sleep better When you stand in your truth of what your business needs to succeed and thrive you will actually build the business that you were meant to build.
July 26, 2019
Episode 41- Stop Overeating part 2
How much time do you spend thinking about what you are going to eat next? Or regretting what you ate? How much time would you have if, say, you didn't do that? A lot. A lot more time to go out and solve the problems you were meant to solve in the world. Listen in to find out how, and stick around for the awesome download at the end!
July 18, 2019
Episode 40- Product Defect Waste
OK you even know what your product IS? Let's define that first. THEN let's talk about how to measure defects. What are the best ways to measure defects? Listen to the end to get the handout that is super easy to start with TODAY.
July 11, 2019
Episode 39- Stop Over Eating for Food Execs
I mean seriously, who else but Dr. P is gonna tackle stop over eating in the food industry. In this episode we talk about the reasons we over eat and how to bring awareness to your eating process.  And guess what? Feeling your feelings is the trick to everything.
July 04, 2019
Episode 38- The 8th Waste of Lean
You’ve heard me talk about the importance of lean processing before on the podcast and how following this methodology helps eliminate waste in your facility. But today we’re going to talk about the importance of one of those wastes specifically: The waste of human potential. Yes, you pay your employees to do a job and give them the tools they need to do it, but I’d like to ask you an important question: Are you getting the best work out of your people? If you don't engage an employee’s knowledge and expertise, how do you expect to improve the process? These people on the front lines are the most capable at identifying problem areas. And more importantly?  They can develop the solutions to your problems. Join me on the podcast this week where I talk about the importance of truly engaging and utilizing your employees so that you can eliminate waste and create sustainability and profit.
June 27, 2019
Episode 37 - What do you want to believe
Join me on the podcast this week where I talk about the unharnessed power of your beliefs. And how when you believe in the power of the future—YOUR future—you harness the power to decide who you want to be and how you want to grow your business.
June 20, 2019
Episode 36 - FDA Regulations and Foodpreneurs
Join me this week where I’ll cover what it means to be regulated by the FDA and the steps to take to be compliant. Plus, scroll down to download our handy white paper to help you get prepared.
June 13, 2019
Episode 35 - Shame, vulnerability, and courage
Join me this week on the podcast where we talk about the importance of managing your feelings and how working with a coach can set you up for true success when building your dream business.
June 06, 2019
Episode 34 - 5S your Facility Part II
This week is more of  Dr. P and Charlie Tidd discussing the basis of 5S in food manufacturing and how they can help you in your own facility.
May 29, 2019
Episode 33 - 5S your Facility
Join us this week on the podcast where Dr. P and Charlie Tidd talk about the basis of 5S in food manufacturing and how they can help you in your own facility.
May 23, 2019
Episode 32 - Courage and Commitment
Join me this week on the podcast where I’ll teach you the one thing that will allow you to summon the courage and commitment to be able to do absolutely anything you put your mind to.
May 16, 2019
Episode 31 - Facilities
Join me this week on the podcast where we talk about the amazing asset your facilities program is and how it, when invested in, builds wealth for your company.
May 09, 2019
Episode 30 - Failing ahead of time
Join me this week on the podcast where we’ll talk about how scheduling weekly epic fails allow you to become familiar—and ok with!—failure so you can reach your goals faster. Get ready for an amazing episode, folks!
May 02, 2019
Episode 29 - Decision making and failure
What if decisions were neutral? How fast would you make decisions if you knew that your life was going to be amazing no matter what? That you could do anything given any decision that you make? You'd make more money (indecision is the primary way that my clients waste money) You'd feel WAY better You'll sleep better because you'd know that you were doing it all just right How? Because you'd have decided that the way you decided, was just right for you. Don't fall into the trap that it is the result that tells you if the decision was good or bad. Because it isn't. It is what you THINK about the result that makes it good or bad. So go ahead. Make decisions. It's amazing.
April 26, 2019
Episode 28 - Impossible Goals
      You can live in your future, even when you don’t know the how. Crazy ehh? Here's what we are going to do today: 1. Decide on your impossible goal 2. Write it down 3. Schedule actions over the next month where you’ll fail forward 4. Coach yourself on what happened   We are in business, when you fail forward, you are going  to learn so much and do everything so much faster you’ll get to profit faster you'll have less anxiety you'll sleep better you'll learn to stand in discomfort in service of your goal you can meet your goals without knowing the how
April 18, 2019
Episode 27 - Having the hard conversations
Dr. Pfannenstiel appeared on the Exemplar Global Food Safety Expo to teach STRIVE. This powerful tool allows anyone to solve any problem at work by addressing the root cause of problems...our thoughts.
April 11, 2019
Episode 26 Trace and Lotting
What if you could  track things from your customer to your supplier? After this episode you are going to know to to know where everything is! You are going to find out way more about your inventory and inventory cost that you thought possible  This will lead to Much less anxiety and much better sleep Do lotting well and you will drive waste out of the system and create profitability.
April 04, 2019
Episode 25 - The Value of Coaching
Approaching your life and your business with openness and intentionality will help you achieve the results that you want.
April 02, 2019
Episode 24 - Receiving, refrigeration, and storage
When you do receiving, refrigeration, and storage right, you will be vastly more efficient. You will have higher profit margins. You will be more secure that all your cold storage is cold. You will sleep better. You will have time to do other, more interesting things to drive growth in your business (and not in your cooler).
March 22, 2019
Minisode 2: Stop overdrinking for foodpreneurs
Do you overdrink? Do you not want to. Listen in to find out how we tackle overdrinking here at SFBDI
March 17, 2019
Episode 23- Time management
Foodpreneurs This week, we are covering time management Why? When you show up to getting your stuff done, you will make more money. Not only that you’ll make more profit because you will be vastly more   efficient by making decisions ahead of time You will have more emotional energy for the things you want to do. You’ll have more capacity to think and drive creativity You will have so much less anxiety  You will not only be building the business you are meant to build, you’ll be building the life you were meant to build You can do it. Learn how
March 14, 2019
Episode 22- Tech talk: Preventive and Productive Maintenance
Maintenance, I get it, it's a pain. But if you follow the plan and do it, here's your results... Have   more uptime   More uptime equals more profit   More uptime means you have more emotional energy to go and do the stuff that   drives your business forward   Sleep better because your machinery is working   Create the production system you want and need   Shift the way you think about maintenance and bring uptime into your life
March 07, 2019
Episode 21- Emotional Adulthood
When you rely on yourself to feel good, you have better ideas to drive your own prosperity When you stop relying on other people, on circumstances to make you feel good,   you will take control of yourself and your own feelings You are going to become aware of what your feelings feel like in your body. What it feels like when you  surrender power to someone else When you leave emotional  childhood and step into emotional adulthood, everything changes. You ARE the person the universe calls you to be.
February 28, 2019
Episode 20- Tech Talk: Observations
What would happen if you found out how things really work in your facility?? Observations help you learn your truth. Truth creates wealth Standing around observing people in your facility? Teaches you to be brave. Being brave at work changes everything. Did you know observations actually build core strength? cause standing around and actively observing is actually pretty isometric! Foodpreneurs...being in your truth allows you to build the business you   were meant to build. Be brave and build it
February 21, 2019
Episode 19- Manuals and boundaries
What are manuals and boundaries? What if you could release people, including yourself from them What if you let go of all the manuals; see people how they really are, see yourself for how you really are. See reality for what it is.   I've got to say the financial benefits of not arguing with reality are pretty awesome. You spend your time on stuff making money When you drop your manual for yourself, you take a massive   step of living free from shame. You'll get so much better sleep Believe me, showing up to the world as who you are is amazing. Join us.
February 14, 2019
Episode 18- Tech Talk: Hazards and hazard based plans
Today we are going to clear up what we mean by hazards and hazard based plans. Then, let's get some clarity on what is and is not a HACCP plan   Next, decide on whether or not you need a HACCP or preventive controls plan. Remember, decision making is wealth making.   What if you could feel like you understand where you are in your hazard based food safety planning by actually thinking and understanding the process? Amazing!   Of course, you'll sleep better because you know you are controlling   your hazards (which you must do, HACCP plan or no)   When you understand hazard and hazard based food safety plans you'll stand in your truth of where your business is and make amazing decisions from there.
February 07, 2019
Episode 17- Food safety as wealth creation in your business
What would happen if you opened up your business plan and put Food Safety costs in there? The real costs? I kid you not, you would build wealth in your organization and your life by doing   food safety well You'll have a more realistic cost structure so that food safety costs don't smack you in the face. You'll find out that telling your financial truth builds wealth.  I promise, you'll have less anxiety and sleep better When you stand in your truth of what your business needs to succeed and thrive you will actually build the business that you were meant to build.
January 31, 2019
Episode 16- Tech Talk: Corrective Actions and Preventive Actions
How you do corrective actions is the metric of your food   safety culture At the end of this episode you can download the CAPA Program, so stick around! Do you stand in the truth of your organization? When you do, you will make decisions faster. Faster decision making means getting through issues faster and wasting less time. You'll have less reputational damage whether internal or external reputation! The faster you show up to your truth, the better you will feel. You will sleep better and have less anxiety Folks, there is no substitute for standing in your truth Learn how.
January 24, 2019
Minisode 2: Thinking overwork
Are you over thinking your problems in lieu of being uncomfortable in the actions of solving your problem? Think, feel, act, fail, learn, grow.
January 24, 2019
Minisode 1: What sets your heart on fire?
As we move into the new year, ask yourself: - what do you want to be an example of? - how do you want to show up in the world?
January 20, 2019
Episode 15- Entrepreneurship mindset
What is the Entrepreneur Mindset magic formula? (hint, it is deceptively simple, but not easy) A flexible mind is your greatest asset as an entrepreneur.   Doing your thought work is the quickest way to get from point A to point B   You will have clarity on who you are and where you are going.   You will make decisions faster and make more money   You will have authority and agency in your own life   I promise, you'll sleep better Show up to yourself and your business the way that you are supposed to show up. Find out how.
January 17, 2019
Episode 14- Lean Manufacturing. We have GOT to talk about this in small food.
Foodpreneurs, today, we are going to introduce lean manufacturing into   local food Learn how to take the 8 wastes of lean, and observe your processes to drive dramatic results. You are going to see your facility in a whole new light. When you waste less, you reduce expenses and increase profit. It is pretty much that simple. The clarity lean processes bring you is unsurpassed.  Efficient business where people are clear about what’s being made, where they are going and what they are doing are businesses that can live into the future.
January 11, 2019
Episode 13- Buffering
Buffering is when we use external things to change how we feel emotionally. It’s something we do to keep from fully experiencing our lives, to hide from reality, to procrastinate, to not show up and face the music and face ourselves and our feelings. We don’t want to face the truth of our lives because we don’t want to experience any type of negative emotion. We feel entitled to feel happiness and pleasure all of the time. We feel entitled because we have been TAUGHT that we are supposed to be happy all the time. When we aren’t happy all the time, we think something is wrong. And then we buffer to stop feeling like something is wrong in our lives. But, when you stop buffering,  you move to the 50:50 balance that most of life is. You stop using your limited mental energy on the false pleasures buffering provides and instead use it on what drives your life forward and gives it meaning. 
January 04, 2019
Episode 11: Time Management
What if we could stand in discomfort and make massive progress? People who are willing to stand in discomfort are able to do anything Imagine: You will stop beating yourself up and telling yourself you’ll get things done, cause you’ll actually get things done You'll sleep like a baby (though, given how my kids sometimes slept, I think we should change this phrase to you'll sleep like a teenager on a Sunday morning) You will show up to the world the way you were meant to
December 31, 2018
Episode 4: Tech Talk- Supplier Approvals
Garbage in, garbage out folks. What supplies do you use in your food and how are your customers mitigating the risk of your food? Learn what everyone needs to know from meat and poultry, to fish to produce, and everything in between!
December 31, 2018
Episode 12 Tech Talk: Verification and Validation
Verification and Validation, they are a headache and half to most folks. You've written your food safety plan, and now you have even more work? Seriously??  So how do we actually do verification and validation? It is actually pretty simple:  Figure out what you said you were going to do Figure out if you did it Fix it if you didn’t.   This brings clarity.   Writing down what you said you were going to do = being   decisive. Being decisive = making more money   Stand in a place of clarity and know your truth   Be more calm and centered and know your own discomfort   Being sure of yourself is incomparable, you will build what you were meant to build when you create clarity in your business and in your life.
December 28, 2018
Episode 10 Tech Talk: How to survive a recall.
What if during a recall you thought "I can handle anything" Learn how to manage your mind to: - Reduce the time associated with a recall and save money - Change your entire outlook on how a recall affects your business - Actually get some sleep and stop worrying even during the recall - Know, without a shadow of a doubt, that you can handle anything
December 14, 2018
Episode 9- Future Focus
Are you creating a future built on your past? Or do you want to create a future based on who you are going to be in the world when you have the results you want. Listen in and learn how.
December 07, 2018
Episode 8- Audits for fun and profit!
Let's talk audits. Do you need one? What kind are there? When should you get one?
November 30, 2018
Episode 7: S.T.R.I.V.E
How do you overcome all the obstacles in your business and your life? Through S.T.RI.V.E. Join us on this amazing journey
November 16, 2018
Episode 6: Tech Talk: Sanitation!
Cleaning and sanitation. There's no substitute for understanding your process and doing it right. Learn how. And then, go download our pre-op checklist
November 09, 2018
Episode 5- Get more clients and make more money
Learn the system I've used to grow my business by 50%, year after year. I am not kidding.
November 02, 2018
Episode 3 Stop selling food, and start selling results
Stop selling food, start selling results Let's talk about why people don't buy food and why your sales conversations are super frustrating Don't you wish you could get to your target market so you can make more money/sell more product to those who want your awesome food? What if you confidently understood and served your target market? You'd sleep better, make more money and build the business you were meant to build.
October 17, 2018
Episode 2 Tech Talk: GMPs
Are you creating the conditions to create safe food? Well, that's what GMPs do! Tune in to find out the actions you need to take to make a difference. Listeners that stick out through the end will find out how to get our special bonus Facilities SOP!
October 17, 2018
Episode 1 Intros and The Model
Guess what? Falling into overwhelm and confusion is EXPENSIVE. What if you could Understand how the facts of the world around us, our thoughts, feelings, actions and results are related? You could looking at yourself and look at your surroundings and not freak out. Imagine a life with less anxiety. Imagine a life being free from past limitations to create the business they've always dreamed of.
October 17, 2018