YourEncore Insights - Consumer Goods

FSMA Implementation: 3 Lessons Learned Along the Way

Posted by Llaine Groninger on 9/6/16 3:48 PM

Over the course of my 36 years with The Hershey Company, I helped lead and execute a number of global Quality, Regulatory, and Governance initiatives. Perhaps one of the most challenging, and yet rewarding, was implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

When the FDA published the proposed rules in 2011, we had a very robust food safety program in place. The first question senior management asked was, “how close are we to being compliant?” At the time, there were still a lot of unanswered questions. But, like many food companies, generally speaking we thought we were in pretty good shape – maybe 85% to 95% “there.” We initiated a FSMA working group within Hershey to identify potential gaps and develop associated action plans in preparation for the final FDA rules. Thus began a five-year marathon to move us to full compliance with FSMA.  There are three lessons we learned along the way that might prove helpful to others as they make this same journey.

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Topics: Quality & Safety, Food, Regulatory, FSMA Compliance

Expert Profile: Tom Trautman

Posted by YourEncore on 1/28/16 8:48 PM

“I am proud our team led the way in making food safe for allergic consumers,” said YourEncore expert and food toxicologist Tom Trautman.

When the food allergy issue took off in the mid-90s, Trautman, a board-certified toxicologist, had a lot to do. He was part of the award-winning General Mills team that developed the "Contains" statement for top food allergens. That and the simple language requirement for allergens disclosed any hidden items for consumers with food allergies. These features were adopted by other food companies and became part of the 2006 Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act.

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Topics: Experts, Speed to Market, Quality & Safety

IP: 5 Steps to Protecting Your Competitive Advantage

Posted by YourEncore on 1/4/16 8:30 AM

The single most important value an R&D organization contributes to a company is its know-how – the source of the company’s competitive advantage. An effective Intellectual Property (IP) process that manages the organization’s know-how and is integrated into the innovation process is essential for success. A disciplined IP program offers several benefits, including:

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Topics: Speed to Market, Productivity, Innovation, Quality & Safety

innoG: Masters in the Craft of Innovation

Posted by Jim Combs on 12/9/15 1:30 PM

“Developing a bold new product often takes more than a linear process, white board and pot of coffee,” says Andy Wong, product development guru and member of innoG. “It takes a creative team with diverse backgrounds, lots of experience, and a keen sense of the consumer.”

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Topics: Speed to Market, Innovation, Quality & Safety