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TraceGains Connections Newsletter // July 2014 Edition

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QuestionMarks_WEBWhy GFSI? // Regardless of where you are in your Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) journey - at the starting line, just taking your first steps, or at the finish line - do you know WHY you are on the path you're on? Do you understand what all the fuss over GFSI is about? Read More.

Cheese-BLOGArtisan Cheesemakers Feel the Effects of FSMA // Recent reports have suggested that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled against the use of wooden boards in the cheese making process, a tradition that has been in place for thousands of years. The FDA responded to these concerns on June 11, 2014.  Read More.

Dishware-WEB10 Food Trends Revealed at IFT // During the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) Annual Meeting and Food Expo held June 21-24 in New Orleans, ten food trends were revealed. What are they? Read More.

GavelInfographic: FSMA's Effect on Food Manufacturers // Many stakeholders across the food industry appear to be confused about implementation deadlines surrounding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), according to a recent study from PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. Compiled from 64 interviews with manufacturing professionals, the report details food manufacturers’ perceptions of FSMA, and how equipment manufacturers can best help them respond to the upcoming regulations. Read More.

FDA_Logo-WEBFDA Industry Guidance: Assessing the Effects of Significant Manufacturing Process Changes // The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued "Guidance for Industry: Assessing the Effects of Significant Manufacturing Process Changes, Including Emerging Technologies, on the Safety and Regulatory Status of Food Ingredients and Food Contact Substances, Including Food Ingredients that Are Color Additives." This guidance is intended for manufacturers of food ingredients and food contact substances. Read More.


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Creating an "Approved Supplier Program" as a Prerequisite for a Successful HACCP Program with D.L. Newslow & Associates, Inc. // July 10, 2014

Debby-Newslow_156x117"Hazards come from two places; we add them or we receive them from our suppliers" ~ Debby Newslow, D.L. Newslow & Associates 

What should we expect from an effective supplier management program? Who is ultimately responsible for the safety of the products & materials received from our suppliers? How confident are we when we justify the control of a hazard as being through our approved supplier program? What percentage of recalls is traced to supplier issues?

HACCP requires that you:

  • Identify those suppliers critical to food safety and quality
  • Perform a hazard assessment and define the hazards
  • Identify the potential risk and significance of the hazard
  • Justify our decision based on facts, scientific information and historical data

Learn how to use your existing supplier data to:

  • Automatically manage supplier compliance issues
  • Continuously improve supplier performance
  • Better manage supplier audits

When: Thursday, July 10, 2014 from 12 - 1 PM (EDT)

Fee: Always Complimentary

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On-Demand Webinars: 

LOGO_GFSI_QGetting Started with GFSI (For Manufacturers): Karil Kochenderfer, GFSI's North American representative, and John Kukoly, Director of BRC in the Americas, provide an essential overview of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), its benefits, and what is required to begin the compliance process with any GFSI-approved scheme relevant to food manufacturers and processors. 

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Customers in the News 

We ♥ Our Customers - Take a look at what some of them are up to! 

Bellisio-FoodsBellisio Foods to Introduce New Chili’s-Inspired Frozen Meals // Food Business Review // US-based frozen foods manufacturer Bellisio Foods has joined forces with Chili’s Grill & Bar to introduce a new line of licensed Chili’s-inspired frozen meals. In June, the new licensed Chili's frozen line will be available in single-serve entrées and multi-serve meals at major retailers such as Walmart, Kroger, Safeway, Food Lion, H-E-B, Meijer, Giant Eagle and Publix.

Litehouse-FoodsLitehouse Launches Opadipity Greek Yogurt Dips // GroceryHeadquarters.com // Litehouse Foods, a premier salad dressing, dip, herb and cheese company, is expanding into a new category with the launch of Opadipity Greek Yogurt Dips. “Opadipity is right in line with several trends: consumers are seeking Greek yogurt and products that include it as an ingredient, they are snacking at a higher rate than ever before and are looking for healthier options,” says Jake Oliver, assistant brand manager, Litehouse Foods. “Opadipity delivers a better-for-you snack that is delicious, convenient and can be used in a myriad of ways.”

Litehouse Expands Award-Winning OPA Line // GroceryHeadquarters.com // Litehouse Foods is adding three new flavors to its OPA by Litehouse line of Greek yogurt salad dressing line. Pulled from global flavor inspirations, the new flavors add interesting and palate-pleasing flavors to the line of traditional favorites; they are Kalamata Feta, Roasted Pepper and Jalapeño Ranch.

Mckee-FoodsLittle Debbie bakes up sweet deal to sponsor Ironman Chattanooga // TriathalonBusiness.com // Ironman, billed as ‘the most recognized brand in the sport of triathlon’, has unveiled Little Debbie snacks as the title sponsor of one of Ironman’s newest North American races — Ironman Chattanooga. The inaugural Little Debbie Ironman Chattanooga triathlon to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America will take place on Sunday 28 September 2014.

OSI-GroupOSI, Select Ready Foods Form Joint Venture // Global Food Mate // OSI Group, LLC and Select Ready Foods, Edmonton, Alberta, announced a joint venture company called OSI Select Ready Foods. “We are pleased to partner with a successful, high-quality company like Select Ready Foods,” said Dave McDonald, OSI president and CEO. “We are confident of the growth possibilities for this business.”

SensientSensient Flavors Introduces New Line of Cherry Flavours // FoodBev.com // Sensient Flavors has developed a new line of natural cherry flavours: Black Cherry, Sweet Attika, Wild Amarena, Sour Morello and Spicy Cherry. Designed for use in soft drinks, spirits and other beverages, Sensient's novel product line covers sweet and sour cherry varieties, with each one capturing the authentic characteristic profile.

Sensient Introduces New Chili Blends Collection // Food Business Review // US-based Sensient Technologies business unit Sensient Natural Ingredients has introduced new Chili Blends collection, which includes flavors from Latin America, India, Morocco, Thailand and the US. The new collection comprises Red Sriracha Blend, Indian Curry Blend, Thai Arbol Chile Blend, Moroccan Harissa Blend, Spicy Buffalo Blend, Pickled Jalapeno Blend and All-American Hot Sauce Blend.

Symrise-logoSymrise Introduces New Ingredients // Perfumer & Flavorist // The World Perfumery Congress (WPC) has invited the industry to the French coastal town of Deauville from June 10-11 to hear about the latest developments in fragrance and Symrise is participating and presenting multi-faceted aromatic substances at its booth. Symrise will introduce: Ambrocenide Cryst, Mysore Acetate, 
Poivrol, and Vetival. 

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