Food and Beverage
After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives. – Oscar Wilde
Food Safety and Quality in the food, drink and packaging manufacturing sectors has been driven by the BRC (the British Retail Consortium) since 1998. In that time the Global Food Standard and Global Packaging Standard have both grown into an internationally accepted comprehensive Food Safety and Quality Management System (FSQMS) framework.
The result is that food safety is a critical part of both consumer protection and brand protection and should never be left to chance. Businesses have been destroyed overnight by not paying attention to this simple, but often ignored, fact.
Gael Ltd’s Q-Pulse solution has evolved alongside BRC and ISO 9000/9001, as well as other standards, to become the food safety platform of choice for food, drink and packaging companies. Some of the world’s best known brands use Q-Pulse to manage BRC Global Standards, food safety, health and safety as well as environmental and trade body standards. Why? Because it helps maintain and improve compliance in a way that actually reduces operating costs and cost of failure.
Food Safety Management System
FSMS requirements have food, drink and packaging companies under more pressure than ever to comply with multiple standards.
These compliance requirements include food safety, quality, environmental and trade body standards.
In a recent survey of food and drink companies, that Gael carried out, the pressure of complying to multiple standards was indicated as the number one concern.
While FSMS are essential to food, drink and packaging companies, many find the task of operating to such standards time consuming, costly and sometimes a poor use of available resources. Results are often patchy and the FSMS sometimes does not stand up to the scrutiny of audit.
An FSMS is key to running an efficient and safe manufacturing operation. They ensure that people and resources are focused where they need to be.
Q-Pulse helps food, drink and packaging companies bring all the elements of a FSMS together in an integrated fashion that delivers real increases in standards. At the same time, it helps reduce operational overhead and releases quality, production and food safety staff to add real value to the business.
Gael and ProcessPower have a 20 year track record in helping food, drink and packaging companies transform their compliance management systems to focus on adding value.
ISO 9000 and 9001
ISO 9000 / 9001 is a major compliance task that requires significant resources in terms of time, investment, staff, processes and equipment.
Many food, drink and packaging companies try to achieve the management of their standard in a manual fashion with no overall system for coordination, review and monitoring of compliance. They struggle to keep it up-to-date and managed in an effective way. Even worse, there is often little or no continuous improvement initiative built into the system.
Q-Pulse, from Gael Ltd, is designed to minimize the cost, stress and strain of implementing and managing the ISO 9000 standards. It ensures compliance while minimizing the disruption of audits and keeps everyone working on value added tasks that lead to real, measurable improvement.
With a track record spanning over 20 years, Gael and ProcessPower have helped thousands of businesses and authorities implement, maintain and improve to drive down the cost of compliance while increasing quality and safety standards, for competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Food Quality Management
Quality Management Systems (QMS) in food, drink, and packaging companies are critical to success, brand value and profitability.
In larger businesses, a QMS can become a significant cost centre and also a significant point of failure.
The ability to be able to manage your QMS in a cost effective manner that delivers real results is of paramount importance to any food, drink or packaging business and can often be the difference between success and failure.
Quality is key to growth in the food, drink and packaging sectors. It is one of the main differentiators that North American businesses can truly use to compete in the increasingly globalized, low labour cost, food supply chain.
Innovation and quality are intrinsically linked and therefore speed to market is a key competitive advantage that food businesses are constantly seeking.
Q-Pulse has been helping food, drink and packaging firms leverage the QMS for strategic competitive advantage since 1992.