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Making the Case for Traceability: Don’t Miss sweetgreen at Virtual reCONNECT 2020


This month we’re highlighting several of the amazing on-demand and breakout sessions planned for Virtual reCONNECT 2020 scheduled to take place September 14th - September 18th. We’re more excited than ever for these sessions led by food safety experts from some of the most innovative companies in the industry, including sweetgreen, Whole Foods Market, IPC/Subway, First Watch and Dine Brands.

Built on the philosophy of sustainability, transparency, and local sourcing, sweetgreen is committed to the health of individuals, communities and the environment. And that commitment extends into how they infuse traceability and transparency within their supply chain operations. We’re excited to have Robin Kalsbeek, Supply Chain R&D Manager at sweetgreen, present at reCONNECT 2020 the on-demand session, “Making the Case for Traceability: Sweetgreen’s Response to a Produce Crisis” on September 15th, 2020.

The food industry experienced major setbacks in 2018 and 2019 with an ongoing series of E.coli outbreaks due to contaminated romaine lettuce. The lack of provenance was a source of frustration for restaurants and retailers, as well as consumers. In this session, Kalsbeek will recount sweetgreen’s response to the romaine lettuce recalls and the role FoodLogiQ Connect played in helping to protect their customers and their brand.

Kalsbeek and the sweetgreen team feel strongly that it’s their responsibility to provide their customers with the best ingredients from sources that align with their mission. Together with FoodLogiQ, they have worked to systemize and standardize their supplier information in one centralized location so they can quickly capture food quality issues anywhere in their supply chain. And with a true farm-to-fork business model, sweetgreen also relies on FoodLogiQ Connect’s Track + Trace to achieve end-to-end, lot-level traceability. 

“We understand that food may be compromised due to unforeseen circumstances, such as the romaine lettuce contaminations over the past couple of years,” Kalsbeek explains. “Even though we source locally, we are able to see which of our stores are affected during this kind of situation, and we can act immediately. Getting real-time visibility of our supply chain allows us to substitute products and change menu items to reflect what’s available and fresh, while keeping our customers safe.’’

“A robust traceability platform is critical to safe food. Because of our business model and decentralization, we work with many growers and distributors,” explains Kalsbeek. “We are the critical link between these stakeholders and our consumers, and it’s our job to protect the future of their food. FoodLogiQ Connect allows us to do this in a fast, efficient manner, with full visibility into our supply chain.”

Don’t miss this presentation from sweetgreen and others from IPC/Subway, Whole Foods Market, First Watch, Testo, GS1 US. Request a pass today.

Posted by Katy Jones on Aug 6, 2020 6:04:11 PM

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