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  • Contains 23 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/01/2022

    SQF Consultant Partners Platform

    Welcome!

    As a critical part of the growth of the SQF Program, this curriculum has been provided to help prepare you to effectively build relationships with prospective SQF certified sites.

    In addition to the training courses and exam, consultants are required to:

    • Participate in weekly online information sessions.
    • Track your weekly progress.

    Getting Started

    • Begin by familiarizing yourself with this platform and the required activities. 
    • There will be a Welcome Session on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 to learn about the program meet the SQF Consultant Program leaders, review how to track your weekly progress, and make sure you are ready for the live Implementing SQF Systems training training on December 13 and 14, 2022.

    If you have any difficulty with any of the activities or questions about this platform e-mail training@sqfi.com.

    Palova Dieter Marques

    Representative - AMERICAS

    SQF Institute

    Luis Cruz

    Representative - Mexico & Central America

    SQF Institute

    Julian Poveda

    Representative - Latin America

    SQF Institute

  • Contains 2 Component(s)

    FDA recently published the Food Traceability Final Rule (FSMA Section 204). In this session, FMI staff and outside counsel discuss the elements in the final rule, review what has changed, and begin the discussion about implementation of the regulation.

    Seminar Description: 

    FDA recently published the Food Traceability Final Rule (FSMA Section 204). In this session, FMI staff and outside counsel discuss the elements in the final rule, review what has changed and begin the discussion about implementation of the regulation. 

    Additional Information

    Seminar Objectives

    • Learn about FSMA rule requirements.
    • Understand expected timelines.
    • Review changes from the proposed rule.
    • Begin the process of gathering industry questions. 

    UPCOMING FMI WEBINARS

    Elizabeth Fawell

    Partner

    Hogan Lovells

    Elizabeth has worked with every segment of the food industry, including manufacturers, distributors, retailers, restaurants, and food service operators, as well as their trade associations.

    Her work on behalf of food industry clients with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) since its inception and her understanding of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems provides her with the experience and perspective needed to counsel clients on how to comply with new requirements under the law. Elizabeth is also a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) and has completed the FSPCA PCQI training.

    Full Profile

    Stephanie Harris

    Chief Regulatory Officer and General Counsel

    FMI-The Food Industry Association

    Dr. Hilary Thesmar, PhD, RD, CFS

    Chief Food and Product Safety Officer & Senior Vice President, Food Safety Programs

    FMI-The Food Industry Association

  • Contains 2 Component(s)

    View this session to learn some meaningful behaviors passionate leaders exhibit on a regular basis.

    Seminar Description:

    A Leader's Passion . . . .The GREAT Performance Multiplier

    A leader’s primary function is to create a following.

    A Great leader creates a passionate group of followers.

    View this session and learn some meaningful behaviors passionate leaders exhibit on a regular basis.

    To add an element of real-world application, we’ve invited one of the most passionate store managers on this planet to share some of the unique ways he exhibits his passion each and every day to create his passionate following.

    Seminar Objectives

    Store operations professionals should attend in order to:

    • Identify meaningful leadership behaviors.
    • Explain how leaders can improve performance by inspiring passion.


    Upcoming FMI Webinars

    Harold C. Lloyd

    Harold is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago.  He has been the president of a company with 1000 employees and 14 stores and was a franchisee of a 3-unit, award-winning family restaurant group. 

    For the last 34 years, Harold has been the featured speaker at the food industry’s most popular events.  He has created 30 top rated seminars and written 4 books.  He has also created and currently facilitates nine industry related share groups.

    Harold is a proud father of 3 and grandfather of 2 and lives in Virginia Beach, VA with his wife, Deanna.

    Harold says, “I’d rather see the audience taking notes than to hear their applause.”  This remark speaks to his intense desire to make a meaningful connection with his audience, which is his ultimate objective.

    Steve Morrow

    Store Manager

    Associated Wholesale Grocers

    A 48 year grocery veteran, Morrow has managed Allen’s Food Market in Bella Vista, Arkansas, just seven miles from Wal-Mart’s corporate offices in neighboring Bentonville, since 1999. He was named Associated Wholesale Grocer’s inaugural National Store Manager of the Year in 2015, chosen from over 3,400 stores. A master of social media, community connection, and shopping experience, he’s shared his unique passion and enthusiasm with grocers all over North America. His “no holds barred, 100 miles per hour” style will have you on the edge of your seat and will inspire you to look at your store, staff, and shoppers in a whole new way.

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    With all the headlines about inflation and fresh foods being perceived as premium and expensive, there were fears this year that fresh would cede share to other parts of the store. However, the year proved that shoppers found many valuable solutions and priorities within fresh.

    Seminar Description: 

    With all the headlines about inflation and fresh foods being perceived as premium and expensive, there were fears this year that fresh would cede share to other parts of the store. However, the year proved that shoppers found many valuable solutions and priorities within fresh. Learning from those lessons can help retailers and suppliers plan for 2023 and beyond.

    In this session, IRI and FMI will cover how the trends of affordability, convenience, customization, fresh prepared, in-home entertaining and occasions/solutions, and the ongoing balance of at-home versus out-of-home consumption, impacted fresh this year. As shoppers are not one-size-fits-all, we will also look through the major lenses of income and generation to give a face to the consumers driving these trends.

    Seminar Objectives: 

    View this session to learn more about:

    • 2022 Key Learnings: Reflecting on How Fresh has Fared
    • Finding Value in Fresh: Consumers Showed Us What They Prioritize in Fresh – Key to Future Growth

    This webinar is the fourth installment of the IRI/FMI “Top Trends in Fresh” annual series, now in its seventh year. The session is ideal for retailers and marketers who compete in the fresh foods space, as well as other food and beverage manufacturers and retailers.


    UPCOMING DIGITAL SEMINARS

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/25/2022

    On September 28, 2022 FDA released its proposed rule addressing the implied nutrient content claim “healthy”. FMI hosted a call to discuss the details of the proposed rule and to solicit feedback from members to help guide our comments.

    Seminar Description: 

    On September 28, 2022 FDA released its proposed rule addressing the implied nutrient content claim “healthy”. FMI hosted a call on  to discuss the details of the proposed rule and to solicit feedback from members to help guide our comments. Comments are due to the docket by December 28, 2022. Veronica Colas of Hogan Lovells provided a detailed summary of what the proposed rule includes and answered questions.

    Seminar Objectives

    • To provide information and solicit feedback to help guide FMI's comments on FDA's definition of healthy.

    UPCOMING FMI WEBINARS

    Veronica Colas

    Counsel

    Hogan Lovells

    Veronica Colas counsels clients on the regulations and policy issues affecting food companies from farm to table.

    Using her keen awareness of today's class action litigation environment, Veronica helps develop new products, label claims, and advertising materials. She has a deep understanding of both current and forthcoming food labeling and production requirements ranging from nutrition and menu labeling, to the regulatory issues surrounding bioengineered foods and organic food production.

    Veronica provides clear advice and practical solutions for compliance with labeling, advertising, and safety regulations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Consumer Product Safety Commission. She has significant experience in helping clients navigate regulatory enforcement challenges, such as recalls, Warning Letters, import detentions, and investigations by the Federal Trade Commission. Veronica works closely with trade associations and food companies to craft comments and develop strategies in response to public policy issues such as agency rulemaking and nutrition policy. She represents all segments of the food industry, including manufacturers, retailers, restaurants, and food service companies.

    Full Profile

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    Believe it or not, the holidays are coming. Consumers are gearing up for shopping and their motivations and decision making may surprise you.

    Seminar Description: 

    Believe it or not, the holidays are coming. Consumers are gearing up for shopping and their motivations and decision making may surprise you. Our Illuminate report dives into the impact of inflation as festive times draw near, including how consumers are figuring out what tradeoffs in spending to make in an inflationary environment.

     View this session co-hosted by FMI - The Food Industry Association and The Center for Food Integrity to see a special presentation of CFI Illuminate™ Digital Cultural Insights.

    Upcoming Seminars

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/18/2022

    In this session, attorneys from Steptoe and Johnson LLP review the current legal landscape for green claims for packaging at the federal and state level, and how companies can develop compliance programs to ensure liability exposure is minimized.

    Seminar Description: 

    As consumers continue to demand that the food they purchase meets certain production and transparency criteria, there has been increased pressure for companies to consider various factors and claims related to sustainability. These factors can range from compostability, recycling, and other sustainability claims to bans on certain materials such as phthalates and PFAS. 

    In part two of this series, attorneys from Steptoe and Johnson LLP review the current legal landscape for green claims for packaging at the federal and state level, and how companies can develop compliance programs to ensure liability exposure is minimized. This session also covers recycled content mandates and a discussion of the SEC’s proposed rule for climate-related disclosures, with a focus on steps public companies, and private companies within their value chains, can take to ensure compliance. 


    UPCOMING FMI WEBINARS

    Coy Garrison

    Partner

    Steptoe

    Coy Garrison, a former SEC counsel and career staffer, advises private fintech companies, public companies, and financial institutions on how to navigate challenging legal and regulatory issues related to crypto and blockchain technology. Drawing on more than eight years of experience at the SEC and his technical understanding of federal securities laws, he provides regulatory counsel and unique insights to clients on the securities law implications of their business plans. He also advises public companies and their boards on compliance with SEC reporting and disclosure requirements, including the growing area of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) matters.

    Full Profile

    Joseph Dages

    Associate

    Steptoe

    Joe Dages helps clients successfully navigate the complex US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory requirements that apply to food, food additives, and food contact materials. He advises companies on all aspects of the premarket review requirements and pathways to market for these materials, as well as post-market compliance, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), labeling, marketing, risk, and litigation avoidance issues. In addition, he provides advice to clients seeking to establish the compliance of their products in other jurisdictions, including Canada, the European Union, and South America.

    Full Profile

    Surya Kundo

    Associate

    Steptoe

    Surya Kundu focuses her practice on retailers and manufacturers, including leading fashion brands, emerging retailers, department stores, cosmetics, e-commerce retailers, and other consumer products companies. She advises clients on a range of retail issues including pricing, promotional advertising, and the FTC’s green marketing guidelines. She litigates false advertising, unfair competition, and consumer class actions in state and federal courts.

    Full Profile

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/12/2022

    In this digital seminar, FMI is joined by Alain Brandon, Vice President, Government Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility for Loblaw Companies. He discusses the EPR Packaging experience in Canada, including the lessons he has learned during his decade implementing various packaging EPR programs and key takeaways for U.S. retailers as they face state legislation and regulation on this topic.

    Seminar Description: 

    Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for packaging is a relatively new issue for food retailers and producers in the United States, with Maine becoming the first state to adopt in 2021 (and quickly joined by California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington). But to our North, Canada has been in the process of legislating and implementing packaging EPR for over a decade. To date, five provinces have implemented it: British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Québec. 

    In this digital seminar, FMI is joined by Alain Brandon, Vice President, Government Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility for Loblaw Companies. He discusses the EPR Packaging experience in Canada, including the lessons he has learned during his decade implementing various packaging EPR programs and key takeaways for U.S. retailers as they face state legislation and regulation on this topic. We hope that you can join us on October 12 at 4:00pm Eastern. 

    Seminar Objectives

    • Summarize the EPR Packaging experience in Canada.
    • Identify key takeaways that may be applicable for the United States.


    UPCOMING FMI WEBINARS

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    Raven Solomon and Jacquelyn Howard discuss generational and racial barriers in the workplace and how to replace them with empathy and synergy that fosters productive working relationships, drives business results, and prepares organizations to compete in the not-so-distant future.

    Seminar Description: 

    On Sept. 28, two extraordinary Diversity, Equity and Inclusion leaders led the discussion for Digital Dialogues from CFI and FMI as part of the Racial Justice, Inclusion and Diversity Initiative. Hear Raven Solomon and Jacquelyn Howard discuss generational and racial barriers in the workplace and how to replace them with empathy and synergy that fosters productive working relationships, drives business results, and prepares organizations to compete in the not-so-distant future. 

    Speakers: 

    Jacquelyn Howard

    Raven Solomon 

    UPCOMING DIGITAL SEMINARS

  • Contains 2 Component(s)

    View this session for an overview of the industry transformation related to sustainability and some of the related initiatives at the federal, state, and local level that companies may need to consider moving forward.

    Seminar Description: 

    As consumers continue to demand that the food they purchase meets certain production and transparency criteria, there has been increased pressure for products to consider various factors and claims related to sustainability. These factors can range from compostability, recycling, and other sustainability claims to bans on certain materials such as BPA for PFAS. 

    In part one of this two-part series, attorneys from Keller and Heckman provide a general overview of the developments associated with Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) as well as chemical-specific restrictions and prohibitions that are emerging at the federal, state and even local level.  These issues impact not only food packaging materials and a variety of other products, but also supply chain relationships that your companies may need to consider moving forward.  

    Seminar Objectives: 

    • Identify sustainability claims consumers are looking for.
    • Summarize developments associated with Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).

    Jeff Keithline

    Partner

    Keller and Heckman

    Jeffrey (Jeff) Keithline practices in the area of food and drug law.

    Jeff assists companies in establishing the suitable regulatory status of their products under the requirements of various federal agencies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    Jeff also assists clients with compliance issues under state and local requirements relating to the manufacture, labeling, and disposal of products and packaging, including toxics in packaging, legislation, and various state right-to-know acts. In addition, he advises clients regarding the requirements for these products throughout the world, especially in Canada, Mexico, the European Union, Central and South America, and the Pacific Rim.

    Prior to law school, Jeff served as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy aboard the USS West Virginia (SSBN 736), a nuclear submarine. 

    Jean-Cyril Walker

    Partner

    Keller and Heckman

    Jean-Cyril (JC) Walker counsels clients on a wide range of matters, including compliance with U.S. requirements governing the safe management and disposal of chemical and hazardous substances under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and state analogues. He advises industry and trade association clients on regulations of hazardous air pollutants under the federal Clean Air Act (CAA) and state and local air pollution statutes, as well as emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in adhesives, paints, and other industrial and consumer products.  

    JC helps clients navigate product safety issues. This includes assessing compliance with the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA), other Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requirements, and state consumer product requirements.

    Additionally, JC counsels a broad range of industries on compliance with the U.S. Energy Policy and Conservation Act and California’s energy efficiency regulations. Representative clients include manufacturers and distributors of consumer appliances; commercial refrigeration equipment, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment; and computers and consumer electronic devices.  

    In addition to compliance advice, JC regularly represents clients in actions brought by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and other Federal and state regulatory agencies.

    Mark Thompson

    Partner

    Keller and Heckmen

    Mark Thompson counsels companies and trade associations on global compliance requirements applicable to finished foods, food additives, food packaging materials, cosmetics, industrial chemicals, and associated labeling in Asia, the U.S., and the European Union. He also advises clients on the regulation of drugs and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Asia. 

    Mark began his career at Keller and Heckman in the Washington, DC office. From 2009 through 2016, he was based in the firm’s Shanghai Representative office, where he gained extensive experience and perspective on the regulatory scheme in China and throughout Asia. During that time, he assisted foreign and domestic companies in evaluating and securing new clearances for products in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and other Asian countries.  

    Mark is a contributing author to PackagingLaw.com, which provides news and analysis of worldwide packaging regulations, and is frequently invited to speak at international regulatory conferences.

    While in law school, Mark was a contract law teaching assistant and an Associate Editor for the Commlaw Conspectus. These experiences enhance his practice by providing a deeper insight into contract law and policy matters, respectively.