Throughout the year, we like to share great stories and insights from food safety leaders. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite blog posts from 2017. Have you read them all?
There’s never been a more exciting time to work in the food industry. With changing demographics, technology, operating environments, regulations, commerce and routes to market – it’s a perfect storm of innovation.
Food consumers love new trends and developments, and these evolving trends are driving consumer spending as people continue their search for the next big thing. Locally-sourced, home-grown and foods that we would typically have seen in farmers markets are becoming mainstream, and are posing new challenges for the food industry.
Vice President Product Safety, Quality and Regulatory,
Land O’Lakes, USA
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.
As Chair of the GFSI Board of Directors, I am proud to see the growing dialogue GFSI is leading. This kind of public-private collaboration is unprecedented. 10 years ago this would have been almost unthinkable but the support we’re seeing around the world now is signaling a big, positive change.
Chair of the GFSI Board of Directors
Vice President, Corporate Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory, Cargill, Inc., USA
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.
Collaboration and knowledge sharing between experts across the supply chain is key. This is the only way to ensure the provenance and safety of the food we offer to customers. This is why I’m so passionate about the work of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
Vice President of Food Safety and Quality Assurance,
Wegmans Food Markets, USA
Vice Chair of the GFSI Board of Directors and the Global Food Safety Conference Committee
Across the food industry, companies are faced with increasing pressure to innovate and embrace digital channels. Empowered consumers are demanding not only high-quality, health-conscious products, but sustainable, ethical, and transparent sourcing and manufacturing practices. To stay ahead of the curve and learn from the industry’s top CEOs and other experts, join us in Tokyo at the 2018 Global Food Safety Conference.
It is a real pleasure for me to lead the development of such purpose-driven conference and I’m continually inspired by its capacity to convene the global industry in such a collaborative and friendly forum. We are working hard to craft the delegate experience that will allow you to learn, network, share your stories and do business. I hope to see you in Tokyo!
Knowledge and Best-Practice Sharing Director, Global Food Safety Conference Programme Director
The Consumer Goods Forum
Certainly, Africa’s food security challenge is deep seated, and gaps in governance and other social infrastructure abound. But the positive change underway in Africa’s agriculture and food sector – and the promise of its future – are driven by economic and social forces that are unlikely to turn back.
Michael R. Taylor
Former Deputy Commissioner, US Food and Drug Administration