Walmart fresh produce compliance
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Food Safety Assessment in Walmart Stores have aligned with GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) and requires all private brand suppliers, regardless of company size or the inherent food safety risks associated with their products, to obtain full GFSI certification. Every operation from farm to final pack house or warehouse must achieve GFSI certification to be a Private Brand Supplier. For more information about the certification process for fresh produce, you may review The Supplier’s Guide to Becoming GFSI Certified. Please visit www.mygfsi.com for a full list of recognized schemes. You may also view a list of the recognized audits on the Level
Safety Audit Requirements document.
FDA Bioterrorism Registration - Suppliers will need to ensure that all fresh produce compliance Walmart operations that provide product to Walmart and/or Sam’s Club have registered with
the FDA and have a current FDA bioterrorism registration number. Each operation that is approved and issued a vendor number is required to have an individual FDA registration. To ensure fresh produce Compliance, suppliers will provide this number to Walmart upon our request.
Licensing & Registration - Certain states have licensing and registration requirements above and beyond Federal registration requirements. It is
the supplier’s responsibility to be familiar with the laws and regulations in every state in which their product will be sold. Suppliers will be asked to submit proof of registration to the Walmart Food Safety & Health department at email@example.com upon request. Unless otherwise directed, suppliers are responsible for completing and submitting all licensing and registration forms and paying all licensing and registration fees on or before the annual
Walmart recognises Banacol for pineapple compliance
Walmart, recognised Banacol for its 99% compliance for deliveries to their distribution centres.
"This is an incredible achievement for our company and we should be very proud to receive it. To achieve this recognition, the key factors were: the production group and the adjustments made in deliveries," said Bill Sheridan, Banacol Vice President of Marketing and Sales.
He also added, "It has been a very difficult year for our company, but we should be happy for this recognition. Success begins with the good quality of the fruit we produce. Congratulations to the whole Banacol team for this great achievement."
California berry grower announces blockchain compliancy
California Giant Berry Farms announced its blockchain compliance with IBM Food Trust. This game changing technology connects all participants of California Giant’s berry supply chain with permitted visibility of immutable data.
Using Glasschain™ integration software, this all-encompassing event database links California Giant and its' customers ERP software; providing transparent visibility to real-time status of the product including harvest location and advanced shipping notifications to distribution centers. “This will allow Cal Giant and our partners to streamline and identify opportunities for improvement around operational efficiencies with a focus on freshness,” said Thomas Taggart, Sr. Director of Operations, California Giant.
Right: Joe Barsi, President of California Giant.
Blockchain compliance also provides significant advantages surrounding food safety. “The turnaround time of the traceback information is rapid,” said Taggart. “The Covid-19 pandemic has proven that our current food supply chain is extremely fragile, the adoption of blockchain can stabilize that fragility.”
The permanent information allows all parties involved to be better informed with improved instantaneous data. “Companies that are operationally mature can leverage this information around supply chain visibility and traceback data by having detailed conversations with their customers, presenting themselves as industry and category leaders,” said Peter Townsend, COO, Glassbit, LLC. “What Cal Giant has done is unique and continues to show industry leadership within their segment. It’s exciting to see more produce companies and retailers coming on board,” said Townsend.
California Giant has positioned itself ahead of its time by becoming blockchain compliant prior to any established requirements. "We applaud Cal Giant’s efforts to voluntarily enable visibility back to their berry farms. This mirrors our own work embracing innovative technologies to drive trust and transparency in our food supply chains,” said Tejas Bhatt, Senior Director, Global Food Safety Innovation, Walmart. “From leafy greens to bell peppers, Walmart has been digitizing its food supply chain using blockchain. This enables us to track food from farm to store and helps ensure it is fresh and safe when our customers buy it. By working together with more suppliers to further blockchain’s adoption, we can achieve a safer, smarter, more digital food system for everyone.”
California Giant is committed to building trust with its trade partners and consumers alike. “One of Cal Giant’s long-term strategic pillars is Farming The Future. Blockchain compliance through the IBM Food Trust was one of our innovation initiatives. I am pleased at the collaboration of our partners to be the first in our segment to accomplish this goal,” said Joe Barsi, President, California Giant. “It offers us opportunities to embrace and build upon the trust our brand carries around safety and premium quality of our products. As more companies become compliant, it will be exciting to see the overall improvements that will collectively be made around our food supply chain,” Barsi added.
New alternative for modifying ERP system to update IBM blockchain
Glassbit, a Watsonville/Salinas-area company delivering innovative solutions for fresh produce growers and shippers, announced the general release of the GlasschainTM IBM Food Trust
Integration application. This cloud-hosted CaaS solution offers a low cost and low hassle option to meet customer compliance mandates to participate in the IBM Food TrustTM.
“This is absolutely the easiest way to comply with buyer mandates,” said Pete Townsend, Glassbit COO. “Modifying your ERP system to update the IBM blockchain is usually expensive and time consuming. We are offering a better alternative with a subscription model that is low cost and free of ongoing master data management.”
GlasschainTM has been in production at Ocean Mist Farms since mid-July successfully updating the Food TrustTM blockchain for Walmart shipments without error or intervention. A lightweight ERP adapter sits behind the firewall and securely connects to the Glasschain CoreTM hosted on Microsoft’s AzureTM cloud platform.
Glasschain Food Trust IntegrationTM features include:
- Set-it-and-forget-it operation with automatic shipment monitoring and blockchain posting
- Fast compliance in under 3 weeks including testing and data quality validations
- Dashboard view with shipment drilldown, error monitoring and alerting
- Granular control of which data is shared with trading partners
- Subscription pricing model and pay only for months with Food TrustTM postings
- Visibility into customer distribution center and retail store receiving events
GlasschainTM Food Trust Integration is built on top of Glasschain HubTM, a cloud tool that can be leveraged to integrate the mission-critical applications residing outside ERP. Integrate food safety, quality assurance and field data collection applications to combine event-stream data into actionable operational dashboards and alerts.
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