At the GFSI Conference, a networking break never means a break from the action! To get the most out of the minutes between plenaries and breakout sessions, grab a coffee and make your way to the Presentation Theatre at the heart of the bustling GFSI Village. In this relaxed setting, scientists and experts from around the world will host a series of Tech Talks: focused, concise presentations that showcase some of the most advanced food safety innovations available today.
Each 15-minute talk will introduce a solution at the cutting edge of science and technology, including hot topics like artificial intelligence, Big Data and the Internet of Things. Everything you’ll see onstage has been proven to perform on the ground, so you can begin applying your learnings at your place of work as soon as you get home.
Read on to learn more about some of the topics on offer at this year’s Tech Talks, and stay tuned for updates!
IFS Tools – Safe and Innovative Solutions
Supplier Management Is Your First Ingredient
Harnessing Emerging Data Technologies to Move from Reaction to Prevention
Building Consumer Trust in a Digital World
Let’s Talk About the Biggest Asset in the Room: Your Brand
Improvement Through Insight: Using Real-Time Technology to Safeguard Your Business
Year 2030 – “Nice to meet you, Mr. Robot!” – How Digitalisation Will Disrupt the Future of Auditing
Leveraging IoT and Digital Tags to Bring Better Information and Transparency to Shoppers
26 February 2020
From the beginning, IFS has focused on creating helpful tools for all stakeholders involved. In 2018, the innovative and unique IFS App was launched with the objective of assisting internal auditors all over the world during their internal audits and making their role in quality management easier. The app does not only include the recent IFS Checklists, it also provides full support in preparation for the IFS Audit. By providing several helpful documents such as guidelines, auditor questions, aims of requirements and implementation, we have developed an important companion for the implementation process.
Thanks to the great feedback we have received, we have redesigned the app, extended the features and optimized the workflow. Visit our presentation to gain an insight into the newest IFS Developments and learn more about our helpful App guide, the new To-Do-Lists and meaningful reporting. Internal audits have never been so effective, safe and easy.
GFSI certification has driven food safety consistency in the food value chain. But do supply chain verification programs have consistency when determining risk for suppliers? How do we ensure cross-functional understanding about the risk exposure for an organisation to be successful and avoid supplier pitfalls? In this presentation, we’ll point to the questions we should be asking and the ways we can find the answers.
A wealth of valuable data is currently available in the supply chain, but the food industry is still struggling to take advantage of data that can enhance the food safety approach. This presentation focuses on the ways Big Data and Artificial Intelligence can be used to achieve greater visibility across the supply chain and to predict the future of the suppliers and/or ingredients. These tools are of great help for food safety professionals and enable them to make decisions with confidence and to move from reaction to prevention.
27 February 2020
Building Consumer Trust in a Digital World
How companies benefit from digital solutions to bridge trust gaps and drive sustainable behaviours and choices. From tomatoes, olive oil and wine to entire digital ecosystems, companies are increasingly challenged to build trust and transparency to succeed. Join Luca Crisciotti to learn more about the trust challenges companies face and how we work with them using blockchain-based solutions and incentive-based approaches to improve food safety, transparency and drive sustainable operations and impact. And not least, learn how this enables them to communicate trust and transparency, directly to each consumer. Through our customers’ examples, we wish to make more tangible the opportunities that exist, how our customers work and benefit and how you can make the transition.
Your brand is your biggest asset, but are you looking after it? ‘Brand resilience’ can protect your brand — and your business — against challenges from new technologies, changing consumer taste, disaster, recalls, food fads, climate change and sustainability challenges. Proactively building trust with consumers, suppliers and regulators may sound like ‘fluff’, but it’s a deadly-serious business process that can benefit and protect your bottom line. In this session, we’ll examine some Seattle food favourites and explore two decades worth of brand hits and misses. We’ll clearly see what proactively striving for a resilient brand looks like, and how it protects companies and consumers alike.
In this presentation, we’ll share ways to enhance traditional GFSI audit programs through critical point monitoring of data sets like staff turnover, food safety critical items around the supply chain and complaint numbers. We’ll explore how critical point monitoring can be efficiently and effectively collated into data and insight, allowing you to think about standards, interventions and improvement through microlearning, training mini-packs and preventative measures outside of audit programs. You’ll also gain the ability to measure how change has been read and understood and to adopt links to training and best practices, as well as the ability to tag all relevant SOPs and materials — so suppliers can view specific requirements rather than reading hundreds of pages of documents. By using these tools to tailor your internal audit programmes to each site, rather than adopting a one-size-fits-all mentality, you’ll increase your compliance and brand integrity.
New technologies have the potential to upend much of what we know about the way people work. The Food Supply Chain has become increasingly complex and fragmented, tools like: remote auditing, satellites, drones, remote sensing, AI and Big Data, can act as enabler to determine the level of compliance of involved parties. Join our TechTalk, to taste how disruption is acting as an opportunity to minimise the risk.
28 February 2020
Digital tags are true IoT devices that ensure omnichannel synchronisation and better information displays at the shelf for store assistants and shoppers. Through SES-imagotag’s VUSION Cloud solution, digital tags become much more than simple pricing automation devices. Shoppers can have access to product ratings, lists of ingredients or potential allergies and much more information, enabling true food transparency in-store.