Ensuring food manufacturing quality is a complex and costly endeavor. Yet, it is critically important to business outcomes. In order to stay competitive, retain customers, and remain a trusted brand, food and beverage manufacturers must not only fulfill food safety requirements, but also demonstrate an ongoing commitment to quality.
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is an organization whose purpose is to enforce food safety through internationally-recognized bench-marked standards. Becoming GFSI certified helps food manufacturers and processors stay competitive, produce safer products, and improve performance in a number of key areas. If your company is considering certification in one of the GFSI schemes, the guide below may help you determine which option is best for your needs.
SQF (Safe Quality Food) is the most popular GFSI scheme in North America. Unlike other GFSI schemes, SQFI is the only certifying body which has an optional quality code. Here, we take a look at some SQF quality basics to help you determine whether becoming certified in this code is right for your organization.
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In food and beverage manufacturers and processors, safety and quality go hand-in-hand. While achieving safety outcomes is naturally paramount, quality plays an important role in maintaining competitiveness and customer satisfaction. In many scenarios, food and quality objectives are also inextricably linked. Thus, improving quality assurance could have a beneficial impact on overall company performance.
The cost of quality is estimated to comprise about 20-40% of sales revenue, according to The American Society for Quality (ASQ). While that’s the case for most organizations, that figure could be even higher in the food and beverage industry. The Food Waste Alliance (FWRA) estimates that 60 million tons of food waste is generated in the U.S. annually, and the costs have a negative impact on food companies’ bottom line and the environment alike. Thankfully, there is now a more efficient and cost-effective way to achieve actionable quality assurance.
The complexities surrounding supplier management are difficult for food and beverage companies to oversee using traditional manual processes. Relying on binders and spreadsheets to maintain these critical aspects of business invites opportunities for oversights and errors – not to mention the fact that it’s time- and labor-intensive. Deploying supplier quality management software helps companies streamline the processes surrounding vendor management and compliance, helping to ensure quality outcomes are met.
Safe Quality Food (SQF) is the most popular Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) scheme in the U.S. Like other GFSI schemes, its overarching objective is to promote food safety, but beyond that, it can also help food and beverage companies stay competitive. Many purchasing companies seek GFSI certification as a means of demonstrating commitment to best practices in food safety. While certification has many advantages, it also poses some challenges. By implementing software, companies can alleviate the paper-intensive processes traditionally associated with SQF compliance.