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Americas Perspective BRC Conference January 29 th – 30 th ,2009 John Kukoly Product Manager, Agri-Food. Introduction. John Kukoly B. Sc. In Engineering 20 + years experience in the food industry Kraft – dairy operations Ecolab – sanitation, food safety, engineering

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Americas PerspectiveBRC ConferenceJanuary 29th – 30th,2009John Kukoly Product Manager, Agri-Food


John Kukoly

B. Sc. In Engineering

20 + years experience in the food industry

Kraft – dairy operations

Ecolab – sanitation, food safety, engineering

ConAgra – thermal processing, meat processing, confectionary

QMI – SAI Global – food safety and organic certification

Qmi sai global
QMI-SAI Global

QMI is North Americas oldest and largest certification body

Purchased by SAI Global in 2008

Sister company to Efsis, also owned by SAI Global

Roots in ISO 9001; automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, medical devices, most recently health care and food

Presentation objectives
Presentation Objectives

  • Overview of the Americas

  • Certification Bodies and auditing companies

  • Auditors

  • Technical Advisory Committee

  • BRC in the Americas

Food safety perspective
Food safety perspective

20 years ago

In house expertise, and supplier auditing

Non-existent private label production

Regulation by inspection

10 years ago

Third party inspections and audits

Commodity level private label

Little retail involvement in food safety


Perspective in the americas
Perspective in the Americas


Increased regulatory involvement

Globalization and private label

Public pressure

Increasing liability

FDA moving toward recognizing accredited third party auditing

Beyond the food manufacturers

Global food safety initiative and brc
Global Food Safety Initiativeand BRC

GFSI provided the vehicle for entrance – Wal-Mart letter to suppliers December 2007 with ambitious timescales

Mass confusion

Letters from retailers to their supply chain

Competitive marketing

Industry wide, Cargill to the National Restaurant Association…

GFSI still misunderstood

Food safety current view
Food Safety – Current View

Proprietary auditing

AIB, GFTC, Silliker, Steritech, NSF, Primus

Second party auditing

Pepsi, Nestle


BRC, SQF, ISO 22000


GMA-SAFE, HACCP, internal programs

Auditor resources
Auditor resources


GFSI auditor standards

Industry segregation by product, officially

Management systems

The same…

Food safety experience

Auditor management and calibration

North american technical advisory committee for the brc food standard
North American Technical Advisory Committeefor the BRC Food Standard

Technical guidance

Complaint review

Strategic development of the standard

Awareness initiatives


Wal-Mart, US Foodservice, Kraft,

Del-Monte, NRA, McDonalds,


North american tac outcomes
North American TAC - Outcomes

Website upgrade

Guidance in managing the Americas market

Americas version of the standard (English)

Certification body co-operation group

Involvement of trade associations

Representation in the Americas

Upcoming meetings Atlanta, London, San Francisco

Moving forward
Moving Forward


Retailers continue to specify

Requirements of the standard

Certification bodies


GFSI, and individual standards


Obtaining the standard

Guidance documents

Approved providers

Brc in the americas
BRC in the Americas


Work with trade associations

Co-market with CB’s

Enhance the website information

Additional programs

Warehouse and distribution

Packaging suppliers

Consumer products

Brc in the americas1
BRC in the Americas


Current market direction – the market is changing - BRC is being seen as the front runner even though moving into a new market with established competition

Supported by retailers (GFSI)

Support from trade associations (GFSI)

Desire on the part of customers to learn and adapt

A potential to create a truly global standard via the Americas, both as a market, and as a driver into Asia.