When it comes to food safety, what you don't know can hurt you. At Hazel Analytics, we strive to contribute to the public dialogue on food safety topics, raising industry and consumer awareness through our expert knowledge in partnership with the press. The articles below showcase some of the ways we carry out this mission.

How Restaurants Are Improving Their Health Inspection Scores

QSR, May 2022

It's safe to say that consumers have never been more concerned about restaurants meeting and even exceeding health code standards. In fact, according to a 2021 Ecolab report, 95 percent of consumers wanted to see as much if not more cleaning once the pandemic subsided, while 86 percent of respondents said a restaurant's commitment to health and safety practices helped determine whether or not they wanted to patronize that location.

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Yelp expands restaurant health ratings in partnership with food tech startup Hazel Analytics

TechCrunch, March 2022

When Yelp wanted to scale its health scores program across the US and Canada they looked no further than to Hazel Analytics as their go-to partner. The Yelp/Hazel partnership was soft launched in 2021, and the official national launch was announced in March 2022. Today, Hazel powers health scores for more than 700,000 restaurants on the Yelp platform across the US and Canada, with more jurisdictions being added on a regular basis.

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NFL Stadium Hygiene: How clean is your favorite football stadium food?

Pickswise, November 2021

With the start of the 2021 NFL season and with fans returning in droves to in-person games, Pickswise wanted to delve deeper into the hygiene ratings at these football stadiums across the US. Using data from Hazel Analytics, Pickswise analyzed health inspection data from 25 stadiums to find how often critical violations were cited at the food and beverage facilities within the arenas. They then ranked each stadium based on the number of critical violations incurred over the last five years.

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Minneapolis becomes first in state to post food inspections online

Minnesota Star Tribune, January 2020

In 2019, Hazel collaborated with the Minnesota Star Tribune on a report highlighting the progress of major metros toward online disclosure. Now, the City of Minneapolis has become the first city in the State of Minnesota to launch an online public health inspection search portal. By enhancing visibility and actionability for many restaurant, grocery, and food delivery companies through Hazel's platform, online inspection records will improve food safety for the city's residents and visitors.

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To Improve Food Inspections, Change the Way They're Scheduled

Harvard Business Review, May 2019

Since we have our own roots in university research, we're always excited to collaborate with researchers. When Harvard Business School researchers Maria Ibanez and Mike Toffel needed health department data to study the impact of scheduling on inspection outcomes, they turned to Hazel. The ensuing research was originally published in the Harvard Business Review before being picked up by multiple news outlets.

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Hungry for data on food safety? In Minnesota, it's more than a click away

Minnesota Star Tribune, January 2019

We're eager to help accelerate the increasingly popular practice of local governments making their health inspection data readily accessible online. Eric Roper, a reporter at the Minnesota Star Tribune, shares this enthusiasm in his January 2019 piece that puts a spotlight on Minnesota for being the only state in the union that has no online reporting. We were happy to provide data to Eric and his team, and collaborate with them on the analysis.

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What's lurking in your stadium food?

ESPN, December 2018

Few people think about the food safety challenges specific to sports stadiums and arenas, where thousands of fans need to be fed in a short period of time as they cheer on their favorite teams. ESPN reporter Paula Lavigne did a wildly popular piece for Outside The Lines highlighting these challenges, and ranking the food safety track record of all major professional sports stadiums in North America. ESPN collaborated with Hazel, leveraging our expertise in collecting and analyzing health inspection data, to produce the robust and detailed analysis.

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A Data-Driven Road to Better Public Health

UCLA Anderson, May 2018

Hazel Analytics was born out of research conducted in large part at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. In 2018, the school interviewed Hazel CEO Arash Nasibi on how he turned this university research into a thriving business with a mission to improve public health through its technology.

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