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Blog posts

  • Blockchain for the Many, No Longer for the Few

    When the boss says, “get me a blockchain strategy for food safety”, where do you start? But when you do, you will soon find yourself in unchartered territory, having to make career impacting commitments that are complex and costly and you’re likely not to be in control of the end game. Let’s talk.

    When the boss says, “get me a blockchain strategy for food safety”, where do you start? But when you do, you will soon find yourself in unchartered territory, having to make career impacting commitments that are complex and costly and you’re likely not to be in control of the end game. Let’s talk.

  • Blockchain: Turning Talk Into Action

    Rob Chester, MD of NSF International’s Food Services in the UK, considers the reality of block chain technology and why it is time to stop the hype and get real about how we use it in the food industry. 

    Rob Chester, MD of NSF International’s Food Services in the UK, considers the reality of block chain technology and why it is time to stop the hype and get real about how we use it in the food industry. 

  • Brand Owners Require a Single, Industry-Wide View of Supply-Chain Data

    As consumers select fresh, prepared, and packaged groceries, some of the world’s most familiar brands are giving way to a growing preference for items that shoppers know to be from trusted sources, regardless of brand equity. Customers expect brand owners to not only know what is in each item; they expect the brand owner to know exactly when and where food ingredients originated.

    As consumers select fresh, prepared, and packaged groceries, some of the world’s most familiar brands are giving way to a growing preference for items that shoppers know to be from trusted sources, regardless of brand equity. Customers expect brand owners to not only know what is in each item; they expect the brand owner to know exactly when and where food ingredients originated.

  • Building a Safer and More Progressive Food Industry Through Public-Private Partnerships

    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.

  • Building Resilience in the Supply Chain | SGS @ GFSC 2015

    In a recently published industry consultation report, the need for the development and implementation of the appropriate systems to assure supply chain integrity and therefore supply chain resilience, throughout manufacturing, distribution and sale was listed amongst the key industry priorities. Such systems would involve analytical, horizon scanning and intelligence gathering tools able to identify, assess and mitigate risks.

  • Carrots vs. Sticks: A Blockchain Platform Ecosystem

    On behalf of Mitch Chait, CEO of greenfence, thanks to all who joined our session or spoke with us at GFSI 18 in Tokyo! Responding to your requests, this blog post builds on the challenges and potential for blockchain in the food industry.

    On behalf of Mitch Chait, CEO of greenfence, thanks to all who joined our session or spoke with us at GFSI 18 in Tokyo! Responding to your requests, this blog post builds on the challenges and potential for blockchain in the food industry.

  • CGF Managing Director Address

    Let me first introduce myself. I joined as the managing director of the CGF at the beginning of the year. Since then, I have been trying to meet as many people as possible, especially our members, and it’s been a great privilege for me to start to get acquainted with the GFSI.

    Let me first introduce myself. I joined as the managing director of the CGF at the beginning of the year. Since then, I have been trying to meet as many people as possible, especially our members, and it’s been a great privilege for me to start to get acquainted with the GFSI. Allow me therefore to offer you four observations from someone who still has the benefit of being new to all that you do.

  • Closing the Loop: Building Your Sustainability Journey

    With the rise of globalisation, social media, and an increasingly energised citizenry, the pressure on the food network to close the loop and offer clear and sustainable choices has never been greater.

    With the rise of globalisation, social media, and an increasingly energised citizenry, the pressure on the food network to close the loop and offer clear and sustainable choices has never been greater.

  • Collaboration in Private Label Companies is Crucial for the Food Industry

    The key to success in any line of business? Collaboration. This holds true in the private label industry where retailers, manufacturers and suppliers are dealing with global food supply chains that are becoming more and more complex.

    The key to success in any line of business? Collaboration. This holds true in the private label industry where retailers, manufacturers and suppliers are dealing with global food supply chains that are becoming more and more complex.

  • Consumer Trust is Truly Your Greatest Asset

    Building a foundation of trust with your consumers takes years to establish and can take only minutes to lose. We are proud to participate in GFSI's work on advancing food safety and consumer trust worldwide as part of a vast collaborative effort.

    Building a foundation of trust with your consumers takes years to establish and can take only minutes to lose. We are proud to participate in GFSI's work on advancing food safety and consumer trust worldwide as part of a vast collaborative effort.

  • Cooperation in Consumer Food Safety

    The Partnership for Food Safety Education was formed not long after an event that many professionals in food safety will remember well – the outbreak at Jack-in-the-Box restaurants in the western U.S. that led to the deaths of four children and serious illness for many many more.  Although that outbreak stemmed from a restaurant, in reaction to the event was considerable thought given to the need to invest in increasing awareness and modifying the behavior of consumers, broadly, related to the safe handling and preparation of food at home.

    The Partnership for Food Safety Education was formed not long after an event that many professionals in food safety will remember well – the outbreak at Jack-in-the-Box restaurants in the western U.S. that led to the deaths of four children and serious illness for many many more.  Although that outbreak stemmed from a restaurant, in reaction to the event was considerable thought given to the need to invest in increasing awareness and modifying the behavior of consumers, broadly, related to the safe handling and preparation of food at home.

  • Debunking 5 GFSI Myths | Food Online Interview

    While there are many new policies — from both the private sector and governing bodies — designed to improve food safety, they have created some confusion and ambiguity regarding what GFSI is, what it wants to accomplish, and how GFSI will accomplish its goals.

    While there are many new policies — from both the private sector and governing bodies — designed to improve food safety, they have created some confusion and ambiguity regarding what GFSI is, what it wants to accomplish, and how GFSI will accomplish its goals.

  • Decrease Food Safety Threats with Microbiological Decontamination

    One of the most effective ways to help ensure your facility is properly sanitized is by integrating microbiological decontamination. This technique uses chlorine dioxide gas to help remove all forms of microbial life that could threaten food safety – in turn, helping protect your products and facility.

    One of the most effective ways to help ensure your facility is properly sanitized is by integrating microbiological decontamination. This technique uses chlorine dioxide gas to help remove all forms of microbial life that could threaten food safety – in turn, helping protect your products and facility.

  • Defending the Food Supply Chain

    Crime and terrorism – not the first words to spring to mind when one thinks about the food supply chain, but the concept of food defence, to protect against malicious acts, is becoming increasingly important.

    Crime and terrorism – not the first words to spring to mind when one thinks about the food supply chain, but the concept of food defence, to protect against malicious acts, is becoming increasingly important.

  • Delivering on the trust and transparency demanded by shoppers

    The global food industry from farm-to-fork is approaching a tipping point of radical transformation. Startup food brands, whether retail or brand manufacturers, compete on a level that existing large food companies cannot – Trust. These startup food companies are being transparent on issues that shoppers say they care about – how and where the food is produced, the origin of ingredients, what chemicals and other inputs are used and so on.

    The global food industry from farm-to-fork is approaching a tipping point of radical transformation. Startup food brands, whether retail or brand manufacturers, compete on a level that existing large food companies cannot – Trust. These startup food companies are being transparent on issues that shoppers say they care about – how and where the food is produced, the origin of ingredients, what chemicals and other inputs are used and so on.

  • Digital Technologies Enhance Food Safety Culture

    Sealed Air just wrapped up yet another successful Global Food Safety Conference in Berlin which welcomed food safety professionals from more than 60 countries and provided an opportunity for manufacturers, government bodies, academics and service providers to spend 3 productive days together sharing ideas and discussing hot button topics related to food safety and risk management.

    Sealed Air just wrapped up yet another successful Global Food Safety Conference in Berlin which welcomed food safety professionals from more than 60 countries and provided an opportunity for manufacturers, government bodies, academics and service providers to spend 3 productive days together sharing ideas and discussing hot button topics related to food safety and risk management.

  • DNV GL - Water matters

    Take a moment to think about the importance of water. It is the source of life. All the food we eat depends on water, from grains to beef. As freshwater is becoming a scarce resource, Water Footprint Management is rising on corporate agendas. It should be on yours too.

  • Does GFSI Certification Equate to FSMA Compliance?

    Ever since the rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) began being published, the industry has questioned its linkage with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification. As such, a major question has been: “If I am certified to a GFSI scheme, does that mean I will also be compliant with the rules of FSMA?”

    Ever since the rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) began being published, the industry has questioned its linkage with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification. As such, a major question has been: “If I am certified to a GFSI scheme, does that mean I will also be compliant with the rules of FSMA?” The short answer has long been: “You are likely close, but not necessarily completely compliant.” But now, certification to the newly released GFSI Benchmarking Requirements V7 should move food facilities even closer.

  • Does Your Supply Chain Deliver Innovation, Integrity and Insight?

    Consumers demand a higher level of food safety, transparency and product and supplier integrity. Part of improving these standards requires that we take an end-to-end view of the supply chain and consider the elements vital to supply chain management.

    Consumers demand a higher level of food safety, transparency and product and supplier integrity. Part of improving these standards requires that we take an end-to-end view of the supply chain and consider the elements vital to supply chain management.

  • Drive Consumer Trust | TraceOne @ GFSC

    Today, the global food industry is characterized by growth: growing complexity, growing risks, more and more crises and, as a result, a growing need for trust. With the rise of the well-informed and ever-connected shopper, brand owners need--now more than ever--to instill confidence in their consumers in order to secure brand loyalty.