Customer requirements are very compelling reasons when food industry playersmake important decisions. Embarking in Global Food Safety (GFSI) Initiativecertifications, for instance, is certainly one of those motives; in both nationaland international arenas. Food companies, therefore, face the need to researchthe GFSI benchmarked standard(s) their customers want. Food Safety certification options inthe realm of food distribution seems to be limited today. (Crandall, Mauromoustakos, O’Bryan,Thompson, Yiannas, Bridges and Francois,2017). Bogadi, Banovi? and Babi? (2016) also note that despitethe similarities among them, they have some differences that can make itdifficult to know which certification scheme is appropriate to implement.
Furthermore, company-specificproblems and business needs can have a big impact on the identification andimplementation of a GFSI standard. In fact, choosing which GFSI benchmarked standard an enterpriseshould incorporate can become hard-going endeavor. That being the case, the author has considered a Consultative Reportfor the food distributor for whom he works.
Such enterprise has 24,000employees, over 70 distribution centers across the U.S., and multiple foodserviceand grocery offices. Recently the company decided to embark in GFSIcertifications in 2018.Just in the foodservice division, the business serves 36,000restaurant locations across the U.S through 49 strategically locateddistribution centers; and exports to 52 countries around the globe.
The author considers his employer to be anindustry leader. Similarly, his company looks forward to soon engaging in thecontinuous improvement culture through either SQF, BRC, IFS or the like.This Consultative Report category would offer the authorthe opportunity to address the dilemma his company is encountering in decidingthe right fit for a GFSI standard. He will need to work closely with a facultyadvisor and company management. Also, he will eventually have to perform theconsultation for the company and write recommendations.