Working towards transparency in the food supply chain

LRQA attends second meeting of Technical Advisory Board managed by the Consumer Goods Forum.

Led by a steering committee of senior executives from major food brands and retailers, the board has been created to work on a big data and interoperability project, aimed at providing full transparency in the food supply chain.

As part of this project, some of the leading major providers of global solutions for supplier management were brought together for the first time, along with SGS, Accenture, and LRQA - who are seen as leaders in the field of digital change and future business models to support traceability within the food industry. LRQA was represented by Vincent Doumeizel, Vice President Food and Beverage.

The project has been designed to meet customers' growing expectations around transparency, as well as to meet the increasing demands from local regulators. Gathering data from the supply chains of large brands and retailers, the project will consolidate this information into a shared global platform, to map the full food supply chain from farm to fork.

This second meeting took place in Amsterdam and was attended by over 40 digital experts from the food industry. The working group agreed on common objectives, as well as their intention to launch ten pilot programmes by the end of the year. The next meeting will take place in June during the next Consumer Goods Forum Summit.

About The Consumer Goods Forum

The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 2.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. For more information, please visit: www.theconsumergoodsforum.com.