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Most food, beverage, and supplements manufacturers know that ensuring compliance for suppliers and incoming inventory is vital, but this effort is often labor-intensive. Rework, labor, and downtime in production are costly and delay the shipment of products to customers. If issues go undetected, the impact can be devastating. TraceGains Supplier Compliance evaluates supplier product performance, lot by lot, from purchase order to production, extending inventory visibility to the shipping dock. Teams can scorecard suppliers based on attributes such as continuous compliance with ingredient specifications and more. Join TraceGains to learn how businesses can connect downstream issues like customer complaints and plant floor problems to specific supplier lot shipments and reduce out-of-spec inventory.

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Facility shutdowns due to COVID-19 cases and the resulting supply chain disruption have shown the food industry that preparation for pandemics is increasingly vital to business resiliency. While COVID-19 is by far the most significant, it's the third pandemic in 18 years. This recent history solidifies that these diseases and the resulting impacts aren't going away, so to be prepared for them is essential. Companies must take a prescriptive and practical approach that focuses on critical areas of business operations, including crisis management and supply chain risk management. Join food safety expert Judi Lazaro from AIB International to hear real-world advice from regulatory agencies and food industry executives to discover how your company can better prepare for pandemics and other significant supply chain disruptions.

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The speed dietary supplements companies bring new products to market makes or breaks brands. Shifting regulations, tighter restrictions, evolving consumer preferences, and disrupted supply chains have made it harder for companies to innovate. There are now more consumer-driven product criteria and compliance requirements to track globally than ever before. And the enormous amount of data and information required for formula and recipe development is in silos, spanning ERP and PLM systems and static tools like shared drives and spreadsheets, with as much as 80% of a company's supply chain information living with suppliers. Join TraceGains  to learn how leading brands use TraceGains NPD Suite to drive collaboration, speed up R&D, digitize everything, and achieve complete supply chain visibility.

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Solve Non-Conformances for Good

For a robust GFSI certification program, companies must constantly record non-conformance data. Why not put this data to work for you? The root cause analysis of your non-conformances reveals the right corrective actions to take, and it can help you define corrective and preventative actions (CAPAs) to solve problems permanently. Watch this recorded webinar with 2019 BRCGS Auditor of the Year, Nadia Narine for insider tips on how to identify and solve non-conformances to improve future GFSI audit scores, minimize risk, and learn the requirements for conducting a root cause analysis and determine CAPAs.

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Recalls: Ten Real World Lessons You Should Know

Disrupted distribution channels, plant closings, social distancing, sick workers, and food waste are some of the challenges threatening the food and supplement industry supply chains. With how complicated things are right now, you don’t need to add a recall to your list. The FDA dictates manufacturers must take reasonable steps to avoid risk in the production of food, and failure to do so carries hefty consequences. To address this serious issue, we asked Bryan Armentrout, CEO of the Food Leadership Group, to share what the FDA is looking for based on the latest enforcement actions, and what you can do to make sure your company avoids a recall.

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Virtual Audits 101

Due to COVID-19 travel and safety concerns, the Food and Drug Administration suspended most routine foreign and domestic inspections. So what now? Audits assess compliance with standards and regulations, measure adherence to specifications, evaluate process and system performance, and more. The FDA recognizes the need for alternatives, such as virtual inspections and electronic transmission of documents. Watch this recorded webinar with Alicia Swanson, Global Manager for HACCP & HARPC at AIB International, for guidance on how to achieve success with virtual audits to identify and fix compliance deficiencies.

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Digitizing Your FSMA Documents to Drive Compliance and ROI

Supply chain visibility is crucial to protecting your business and your customers. Without it, FSMA compliance takes center stage. It’s no secret managing documentation can be labor-intensive and slow. But it doesn’t need to be. You can digitize documents to power configurable dashboards so you can easily manage supply chain risk, scorecard suppliers, remain audit-ready, and improve collaboration. Check out this recording with Nancy Scharlach, President and Chief Technical Director of FSMA International, for tips on automating business processes.

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Food, Hemp, and Supplement Company Quality Assurance

Leading global hemp company Ecofibre established a centralized quality management system and achieved an A grade against the version 8 BRCGS accreditation with TraceGains Quality Management. With TraceGains, the company has automated and streamlined its audit process with real-time reporting, highlighting key findings, and corrective actions. Watch this webinar, featuring Kieren Brown, Ecofibre Food Managing Director, and quality expert to learn how to empower quality teams on the plant floor by centralizing and digitizing quality control and safety documentation and information.

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Staying Compliant with the Temporary FSVP Policy

The FDA announced temporary policies for compliance with FSMA’s Foreign Supplier Verification Program during the COVID-19 pandemic. Remote inspections are underway, and the FDA is still sending out warning letters. What do the requirements mean for your business, and how can you ensure your foreign suppliers are vetted thoroughly? Staying vigilant with your food safety program and keeping customers safe is more important than ever. Watch this webinar with James Chu, Supplier Quality Manager for John B. Sanfilippo & Son, for a closer look at how to comply with the temporary policy updates.

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Ten Ways Supplement Companies Can Nail the New Normal

As the pandemic continues, the collective conversation has moved to “the new normal.” We’ve adapted the way we live and work in the COVID-19 era, but what are the next steps? One thing is clear: success in the COVID-19 economy requires new strategies and execution plans. In this on-demand webinar, TraceGains CEO Gary Nowacki and industry expert Melanie Neumann, Executive Vice President & General Counsel of Matrix Sciences International, share ways to mitigate risk, protect employees and consumers, and gain competitive advantage through new sales and marketing channels.

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Grocery and Private Label Retail Supply Chain Survival Tips

Demand for food remains high, but retailers are eyeing an uncertain future. Looking at emerging consumer preferences and broader market trends can help retailers plot a course forward. More Americans are buying food online, but how smoothly is that going? Will anyone in desperate need of essential items whose order got rescheduled several times want to repeat this experience? Curbside pick-up and delivery will likely outpace a 100% online experience. Watch this recorded webinar with TraceGains CEO Gary Nowacki to learn how to source faster and speed up new product development.

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Safety and Sanitation for Food Plants During COVID-19

To protect workers and customers, food and beverage companies must be vigilant about sanitation. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the issue even more critical as companies work to keep workers safe. In addition to rigorous sanitation practices, manufacturers must increase efforts to sanitize and maintain hygienic conditions. Strong sanitation programs can ensure product safety and quality. Watch this webinar, featuring Jesse Leal, Food Safety Auditor with AIB International, and the TraceGains team to discuss best practices to keep your employees and customers safe.

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How to Make Better Supply Chain Decisions in the Age of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has left food and beverage companies scrambling to gain market and supply chain insight. TraceGains and its network of suppliers, manufacturers, and experts have come together to help companies navigate the threat. Watch this on-demand webinar with Dr. Amy Kircher from the University of Minnesota, Stephanie Lopez, VP of Operations at AIB International, and Gary Nowacki, TraceGains CEO and supply chain veteran, for insight on supply chain threats and what companies can do today to protect their business and emerge stronger.

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Solution Spotlight: Networked Specification Management

Many companies say creating and maintaining raw material and finished goods specifications is labor-intensive and slow. One hurdle companies face is effective collaboration. Some businesses still rely on static tools like spreadsheets, shared drives, and databases to manage specifications, making it hard to track progress and make changes. Watch this recorded webinar to learn how networked Specification Management can transform your specification program.

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Be Prepared for the Intentional Adulteration Rule Inspections

Legislators drafted the FSMA final rule on Intentional Adulteration to address intentionally introduced hazards. Covered facilities must implement and verify food defense plans that identify the most vulnerable areas of the production process. In this recorded webinar, Earl Arnold, AIB International Global Manager for Food Safety and FSMA, provides an overview of the regulatory requirements, details on the three vulnerability assessment methodologies, and how to calculate public health impact.

Avoiding Supply Chain Disruption Due to COVID-19

As COVID-19 and international trade issues continue unabated, the food and supplement supply chains face unprecedented disruption. Business leaders must avoid interruption of food, beverage, and dietary supplement production while protecting the business from unnecessary risk. Watch this webinar with President of UNPA, Loren Israelsen, and TraceGains CEO Gary Nowacki. They discuss best practices for maintaining reliable supply chains to keep plants operating effectively during these challenging times.

Are You Ready for BRCGS Packaging Audits?

BRCGS Materials Packaging Issue 6 launched in February 2020. While the standard continues to focus on risk analysis-based safety programs and supporting quality management systems, it’s evolved to better align with the Global Food Safety Initiative. There’s now a greater focus on GMPs and better risk management through Hazard Analysis Risk Assessment (HARA) to prevent, eliminate, or reduce quality hazards. Join BRC Americas Director John Kukoly to learn the latest developments and how to implement them.

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Strategic Compliance for the CBD Supply Chain: Dos and Don’ts

The hemp-derived CBD category is exploding, and the market opportunities are huge, but what’s the regulatory path forward? We know more about the Don’ts, but there are some strategic Dos to consider. This webinar will explore the landscape around the development of GMPs, how federal agencies view CBD, what federal compliance for CBD products might evolve into, and risk considerations as companies navigate the supply chain process.

Are You Ready for the FDA Nutrition Facts Label Deadline?

The deadline for updating the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels has passed. In this webinar, ESHA Research Regulatory Director Elizabeth Salvo discusses clarification of the changes and the challenges they present, while also providing tips on how companies can establish a unified approach across the supply chain to ensure compliance. Elizabeth is Director of Regulatory and Consulting Services at ESHA Research, the preeminent nutrition software provider for almost four decades.

Food Regulations 101

Food safety regulations influence everyone along the food supply chain, from suppliers to retailers. Agencies at every level of government – from the feds to the local board of health – enforce food safety regulations. Regulations 101 cover the fundamentals of food safety laws, so employees don’t have to struggle to learn them the hard way. FDA attorney Marc Sanchez discusses the primary regulatory agencies in the United States, what’s regulated and why, sources of law, and practical suggestions to put that regulatory knowledge into practice.

FSSC 22000 Version 5 Update

FSSC 22000 published an updated Version 5 to the GFSI scheme in June 2019, which integrates the improvements included in the latest ISO 22000 standard. One change is the addition of requirements for training organizations. This is meant to improve transparency on the expectations for FSSC 22000-licensed training groups. Watch this webinar, featuring Jacqueline Southee with FSSC 2200, to better understand the differences and the best way to implement the significant changes to your Food Safety Management System.

Chemical Food Risks

Chemicals in food are a worldwide health concern and a leading cause of trade obstacles. Food, beverage, and dietary supplement products contain compounds of thousands of individual chemicals that confer a variety of characteristics. Watch this webinar with regulatory expert Martin Slayne to learn about the potential issues associated with these chemicals and how to assess, manage, and communicate the associated risks effectively.

Natural Doesn’t Always Mean Safe

In 2019, dietary supplement sales reached a record of $48.7 billion. Supplement sales continue to skyrocket, with consumers searching desperately for options to stay healthy and keeping supplement makers busy. Tim Lombardo, Lead Staff Scientist with Eurofins Food Integrity & Innovation, discusses top “at-risk” supplements and the availability of CBD-infused supplements and the FDA’s position on these products.

Bioengineered Food Disclosure

Anyone responsible for food labeling and regulatory compliance needs to understand how the new labeling requirements for bioengineered foods and ingredients will affect their products will appreciate this timely update. Join AIB International’s Food Labeling Services Manager, Elaine Meloan, features real-world examples, for this bioengineered food labeling training.

FSMA Intentional Adulteration Final Rule

The FSMA Intentional Adulteration (IA) final rule goes into effect in July 2020. The essential part of this regulation is that an establishment must have a fully implemented and effective Food Defense Plan. In this on-demand webinar, Bill Theis, senior vice president of quality assurance at Kite Hill, discusses how to prepare your food defense plan and safeguard your business against harmful intentional adulteration.

Solution Spotlight: Audit Management

Audits are complicated, cumbersome, and expensive initiatives that can grind daily operations to a halt if not prepared adequately. Audit Management allows teams to automate and streamline the entire audit process on a single platform using a desktop or mobile device. Users choose pre-loaded or custom audit checklists and stay up to date with notifications, workflows, and task assignments to track team activities. Watch this recorded webinar to maintain a 360-degree view of the health and risk of your supply chain.

Solution Spotlight: Customer Management

Suppliers struggle to manage the complexity and volume of customer requests for compliance, qualification, and specification data. TraceGains CEO Gary Nowacki explains how companies can revolutionize the information exchange across the supply chain, using a single network platform to centralize, standardize, and digitize documentation. With Customer Management, suppliers can quickly respond to customer requests, save time, money, and attract new business.

Solution Spotlight: Supplier Compliance

Manufacturers and brand owners constantly grapple with supplier and inventory risk. Material variability can lead to quality and process inconsistencies and create unnecessary compliance and regulatory issues. Supplier Compliance operates as a virtual early warning system, automatically identifying issues with incoming shipments. By evaluating supplier product performance, lot by lot, from purchase order to production, Supplier Compliance extends inventory visibility to the shipping dock.

 

Solution Spotlight: Quality Management

Manual processes impose unnecessary challenges on quality departments. With Quality Management, companies can digitize forms with data gathered electronically on the plant floor. Quality Management issues notifications when issues arise and generates CARs that are immediately visible to users. Watch our recorded webinar and see how easily accessible and comprehensive quality data ensures a more efficient plant floor, less work overall, and faster response times to demanding audits.

Recipe for a Successful PCQI Team

Food and beverage companies must have a certified Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) as part of the Food Safety Program. But, it’s up to everyone in the company to understand and follow the rules. Join this webinar to explore the similarities and differences between the HAACP and FSMA Food Safety teams and who should be part of the cross-functional team. Understand the specific rules and responsibilities of the PCQI team and have your questions answered by a leading FSMA, HAACP instructor, and consultant.

BRC Issue 8

The requirements of the BRC Global Standard Issue 8 emerged as an evolution from earlier releases, with a continued emphasis on management commitment, a HACCP-based food safety plan, and supporting quality management systems. The goal has been to direct the audit’s focus toward the implementation of good manufacturing practices (GMPs) during production, with additional emphasis on areas that typically lead to recalls. Watch this on-demand webinar to hear Nadia Narine, Owner and CEO of Lumar Food Safety Services, talk about the fundamental changes and how to remain compliant.

Solution Spotlight: Smart Alerts

Food, beverage, and dietary supplement companies face unique challenges, such as manually reviewing multiple sources for regulatory issues that can be slow and labor-intensive, while also letting some problems go undetected. Cross-checking alerts against individual suppliers, supplier locations, and ingredient categories require inside knowledge, significant time commitments, or both. Speakers Dana Downing and Reuben Galbraith show how Smart Alerts can pinpoint risks by ingredient, additive, flavoring substance, contamination, and more.

 

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Solution Spotlight: Supplier Management with Market Hub

Managing suppliers is a neverending job, from sourcing items and qualifying suppliers to receiving documentation and monitoring performance. Supplier Management helps maintain relationships with ingredient and packaging vendors, increases accuracy by eliminating management by spreadsheets, and automates supplier risk analyses and reporting. Supplier Management now includes Market Hub, a directory that enables precise item, ingredient, and raw material sourcing, at no additional cost.

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