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In 2018 GFSI turns 18 years old. We’ve come a long way and achieved a great deal but we still have a lot to do. As we welcome in the New Year, let’s reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going.

In 2018 GFSI turns 18 years old. We’ve come a long way and achieved a great deal but we still have a lot to do. As we welcome in the New Year, let’s reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going.

Read more: GFSI Turns 18 in 2018 | Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

The Global Food Safety Conference (GFSC) and I go way back. For years I’ve watched it evolve along with the GFSI community and it’s a great honour to see what it has become. In 2001 the conference had just 180 attendees. Last year’s conference attracted over 1200!

The Global Food Safety Conference (GFSC) and I go way back. For years I’ve watched it evolve along with the GFSI community and it’s a great honour to see what it has become. In 2001 the conference had just 180 attendees. Last year’s conference attracted over 1200!

Read more: Supporting the GFSI Community through Sponsorship

As 2017 draws to a close, our sights are set on Tokyo for the industry’s annual rendezvous for the advancement of food safety. The past few years have seen the world’s top food brands forge a bold path towards cultivating a global culture of food safety, providing leadership and expertise across the industry.

As 2017 draws to a close, our sights are set on Tokyo for the industry’s annual rendezvous for the advancement of food safety. The past few years have seen the world’s top food brands forge a bold path towards cultivating a global culture of food safety, providing leadership and expertise across the industry.

Read more: How the World’s Top Food Brands Drive Food Safety

As our food network becomes more globalized and interconnected, we have seen a shift towards greater transparency and integrity as consumers are awakened to issues of food safety and traceability. With this has come a recognition that we cannot build a safer and more efficient food supply chain without the support of local and national public partners.

As our food network becomes more globalized and interconnected, we have seen a shift towards greater transparency and integrity as consumers are awakened to issues of food safety and traceability. With this has come a recognition that we cannot build a safer and more efficient food supply chain without the support of local and national public partners. Utilizing our collective resources, industry stakeholders and governments can work more effectively together to ensure that there are safeguards in place along the entire value chain, from origination to the end consumer.

Read more: Building a Safer and More Progressive Food Industry Through Public-Private Partnerships

The food retail industry is experiencing extensive, exponential change. And all signs point to more changes to come. 

The food retail industry is experiencing extensive, exponential change. And all signs point to more changes to come. Consumers are demanding fresh, locally sourced ingredients. They want artisanal products and exotic flavours. They want fresh food and food prepared on the premises. This consumer demand for diverse products and ingredients creates unique challenges for retailers.

Read more: Why Collaboration is Critical to Food Safety for Retailers

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