LRQA Global Food Safety Conference Blog Series: The influence of global retailers and processors on the food supply chain

Hundreds of food safety specialists from across the world will be gathering in Kuala Lumpur between 3-5 March for the GFSI Global Food Safety Conference. LRQA will be both exhibiting and presenting at this key event. Here, LRQA’s Global Head of Food Supply Chain Services, Cor Groenveld, shares his views on how global retailers and food processors are influencing their supply chains.

“Global retailers and international manufacturers have a very important role to play in influencing their supply chain. During the GFSI Food Safety Conference, we will share a stage with Cargill, Metro and Kemin and we will address the key drivers for food safety across the global food supply chain.

The most important drive is the consumer; they have a shopping list of what they expect from food and first of all, they need to be able to trust it. I already said it but it needs to be reliable, it needs to be safe, it needs to be sustainable and it needs to be healthy, to name but a few items on the consumer shopping list! Ultimately, consumers need to be able to trust their brands.

The retailers and the manufacturers translate the needs and expectations of the consumer into their global supply chains in order to drive a collaborative approach to driving global food safety and consumer trust.

Cor Groenveld is Global Head of Food Supply Chain Services and Chairman of the Board for the Foundation for Food Safety Certification.

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