Markon Cooperative, Inc., comprised of seven independent, broadline foodservice companies in the U.S. and Canada, has been a premier source of fresh produce for the food industry for more than 30 years. Headquartered in Salinas, California, Markon became a food safety pioneer long before the topic came to national attention. In 1992, the company initiated their food safety programs, developing stringent specifications for all growers and shippers packing their brands. Today, Markon’s 5-Star Food Safety® Program is based on specifications, inspections, and information at five key points: fields, facilities, transportation, distributor warehouses, and the commercial and residential kitchen.
According to Markon President Tim York, managing hundreds of growers and dozens of processing plants is a massive undertaking that requires more than just manual tracking methods like spreadsheets and paper documents. Markon needed a technology solution to provide a global view of their supplier quality management, and they needed greater transparency across the company’s supply chain.
“We vetted several systems providers and felt that FoodLogiQ was best positioned to help us manage data and dramatically increase efficiencies. With hundreds of suppliers, and thousands of farms, a robust system is necessary for us to maintain our industry-leading food programs.”
Centralize their supplier documentation to meet the company’s corporate food safety standards, implement corrective actions, support supplier verification, and manage required recordkeeping, thereby easing FSMA compliance.
Track and report on food safety across their supply chain and address those issues with suppliers directly to drive compliance.
Leverage data-driven reporting to help leadership make informed decisions about supplier performance and expiring documents.
“Markon’s commitment to providing their customers with safe, quality produce is second to none, and we are proud to work with such a well-respected organization,” said FoodLogiQ CEO Sean O’Leary. “We’re very pleased that, after researching a wide variety of solution providers, Markon chose FoodLogiQ to help them manage their supplier relationships, gain visibility into their supply chain, and utilize real-time data and analytical reporting to make intelligent business decisions.”