Olympia Provisions creates cured meat with deep, nuanced flavors and exquisite textures. Apprenticing with European masters, salumist and co-owner Elias Cairo learned to age meats the old way: naturally and slowly. At Olympia, they do things the slow way because it's the right way. Saveur calls the result "some of the finest charcuterie we've tasted."
OLD MEATS NEW
The goal at Olympia is a perfect product. They pay painstaking attention to each detail, using traditional techniques and modern ideas to make cured meats that taste "as good as they possibly can." And if a product isn't right, it doesn't get shipped.
THE RIGHT RESULT, EVERY SINGLE TIME
With 65 different products sold from California to New York and all points in between, Olympia needs a way to ensure that every customer gets the same product that tastes the same way every time.
DOUBLE THE BENEFITS
"Documentation is not just for the safety aspect, but also for the quality. For us, having all those records means we can say, 'If we do this and this, here's the result we get every single time.' We can take our time and make it exactly the way we want it."
HANDMADE WITH DOCUMENTED PRECISION
As Oregon's first USDA-approved salumeria, Olympia is required to keep two years' worth of records. Skala helps "because we can instantly pull up any of the QA or QC specs on one of the products and we know exactly who monitored it, what parameters it met or didn't meet, and what corrective actions were taken. The auditor doesn't always want to see the stuff that went well, they want to see what we do when something doesn't go exactly as planned."
Water activity’s usefulness as a quality and safety measurement was suggested when it became evident moisture content could not adequately account for microbial growth fluctuations.
Skala reduces the time for Olympia Provisions to manage, review and approve records because readings for all instruments are in one place and error-free.