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RFI - RFP - RFQ: Which one do you need?

by Bertrand Duteil on 26/04/2018

When launching a new project or a new product, you will often need new supplies and new suppliers. In order to get a qualitative product for the best price, you will need to go through a long phase of supplier selection and to compare the different offers you get.

To make the selection easier, you can request several documents from your potential new supplier such as an RFI, an RFP and/or an RFQ.

We will today learn more about those three documents and give you tips to always request the one you really need.

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Topics: document types, product documentation, supplier documentation, tips

FAMI-QS Certification - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 22/06/2017

Food safety is a daily concern for consumers but also for every stakeholder of the food industry. For animal products, feed safety is equally important especially in the light of different food scandals in the past years. To minimize health risks due to feed safety, the EU has implemented several regulations ruling a large part of the feed activities. To support companies with their feed quality and safety system, the FAMI-QS developed a certification specifically aiming the specialty feed ingredients and mixtures present in animal feed.

Today, we will learn more about the FAMI-QS certification and how to implement it in your manufacture.

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Topics: Certifications, document types, tips

Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 15/06/2017

Limited resources, climate change, social responsibility: those are topics regularly brought up by newspapers, media but also companies stakeholders and employees. While more and more organizations act on their environmental impact and implement eco-management plans, some don’t know where to start or in the contrary would like to go further on this track. The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is an instrument developed by the EU to help organizations deal with this topic.

We will today learn more about the EMAS and how to improve your environmental footprint.

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Topics: Certifications, document types, tips

Supplier Code of Conduct - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 01/06/2017

Working in an ethical company, respecting workers as much as the environment, is important on both personal and business levels. But while you are directly in charge for your company, you are also responsible for your whole supply chain and the acts of your suppliers. If one of them does not respect human rights or is engaged in an environmental scandal, it may bring trouble to your supply chain and damage your brand…

To avoid this situation, you can set up a Supplier Code of Conduct ruling the ethical practices of your suppliers in order to align them with your company values.

We will today learn more about this code of conduct and how to implement it in your supply chain.

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Topics: document types, supplier documentation

Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 24/05/2017

Having full control of the supply chain and monitoring its every aspects can be a hard task when suppliers are all over the world. Beyond product quality, workers protection and social standards are important elements to keep in mind when choosing a supplier. Indeed, while some countries have strict legislation to protect workers rights, other parts of the world do not benefit from similar safe environments.

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) internationally promotes the protection of social standards throughout the supply chain across every industry. By implementing a common code of conduct and a single implementation system, the BSCI supports propers monitoring through all sourcing activities along the supply chain.

We will today learn more about the BSCI and how to implement it with your suppliers.

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Codex Alimentarius - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 18/05/2017

From the latin “Food codex”, the Codex Alimentarius is a set of rules and standards regulating the food industry worldwide. The Codex Alimentarius Commission at the origin of this codex was founded in 1963 by the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the World Health Organization. The commission is currently organized by 187 countries and the European Union.

We will today learn more about the Codex Alimentarius and how it influences your business.

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Topics: document types, Certifications

Risk assessment in the food industry in four steps

by Bertrand Duteil on 11/05/2017

Food safety is the concern number one of the food industry. In order to always provide the best products and protect their users, food companies get different certifications such as the SQF certification and invest in quality management. They also use risk management to master the status quo in their structure and foresee possible harms and problems.

One way to start solving problems before they occur is the risk analysis. Defined by the Codex Alimentarius, a complete risk analysis is made of three steps: risk management, risk assessment and risk communication.

We will today learn more about risk assessments in the food industry and how to sort your risk assessment easily.

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Fairtrade Label - International Sustainability Standard

by Bertrand Duteil on 10/11/2016

As the demand for sustainable products keeps increasing on the consumer side and the need for a transparent supply chain management gets more and more important on the manufacturing side, producing companies have to adapt and find new ways to satisfy those two requirements. One way to comply with those is to get your quality and sustainability management certified.

One of the largest international sustainability standard is the Fairtrade label. This label helps customers identify fair traded products - especially in the food and the textile industries.

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Work safety made easy - Operation instruction for hazardous materials

by Bertrand Duteil on 15/09/2016

 Operation instructions are critical for any company, especially when it comes to work safety. They help preventing accidents and avoiding any health hazard, supporting the old adage “Better safe than sorry”.

What are exactly operation instructions?

Generally, the operation instructions sum up in a short form the different dangers linked to the use of a machine, a working method, a biological or a hazardous. It also provides informations regarding protection measures and recommended behaviors.

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Food safety for small enterprises: EFSIS Safe & Legal Standard

by Bertrand Duteil on 21/07/2016

The food industry can sometimes be a difficult world for smaller enterprises. Indeed, they have to obey the same set of regulations than the other market players, even if they do not necessarly have the organisational structures or the number of employees needed to deal with heavy documentation requirements. Small enterprises need the same amount of supplier and product related documents for every purchased good. Similarly, small supplying companies also need to produce a full amount of supporting documents for their own customers.

One of the most common standard in the food industry is the BRC (British Retail Consortium)/LINK. With its complex coverage and requirements, this standard is rather tailored for large companies with an established quality management system. In contrast, the EFSIS Safe & Legal Standard is directed to small enterprises of the food industry.

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Topics: Insider, supplier documentation, document types