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Hot Sauce With a Focus on Food Safety


January 22, 2023


Hot Sauce With a Focus on Food Safety

RALEIGH, N.C. – Managers from T.W. Garner, the company that produces Texas Pete Hot Sauce, upskilled their employees through collaboration with NC State University food safety specialists to develop custom training materials. T.W. Garner employees improved their skills and gained practical knowledge by taking custom online food safety courses. They are using these skills in their current jobs to support future professional career advancement. These courses included Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s) and the Acidified Foods Manufacturing School

Katerine Cardoso, at T.W. Garner, leveraged NC State food safety courses to help her get promoted from a sanitation supervisor to quality assurance manager. Now that she is managing her own team of food facility staff, she was quick to enroll her unit in NC State’s online food safety courses in an effort to promote food safety culture and employee retention. 

According to a recent article from the Association for Talent and Development, up to 94% of employees are more likely to be loyal to their company when their employers invest in them. In fact, employees are twice as likely to stay at their company as they approach their third year of employment when they are immersed in learning opportunities. T.W. Garner, so far, has had over 60 employees complete the GMPs course and many other employees completed training in the Acidified Foods Manufacturing School. 

NC State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) lives the land-grant mission through 12 academic departments, research and extension. 

The Food Safety Education and Training Programs is a collaborative group of several teams that provide food safety education and training. We host online as well as in-person workshops onsite at various locations across North Carolina.

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