For several years, CPG businesses have had to deal with more and more varied consumption habits and trends. But the real challenge is to develop new products fast while complying with tighter local and global regulation. Mainly due to changes and increasing complexity, compliance management became one of the first concerns in professionals‘ minds.
Companies also need to adapt to new trends. Indeed, consumers are more and more aware of food regulatory compliance, certification management and quality control regarding processed food. People want to consume local, fair-trade, organic, healthy but also inexpensive and safe food. Consequently, many suppliers consider certificates –ISO, etc.- as competitive advantages to attract customers. Since certification management runs all along the product lifecycle and supply chain, having a collaborative platform to better value this kind of documentation is helpful.
Governments are extremely involved in consumers’ health and food safety. In 2014, the FDA, whose mission includes protecting and promoting public health by supervising and regulating food safety standards, partnered with First Lady Michelle Obama and introduced the new proposed FSMA regulation. In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was allocated an additional $27.5 million for food regulatory compliance activities, and, under the president’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, the FDA would get another $109.5 million to help effectively implement FSMA regulation. Authorities are taking measures to better reach the ongoing goal of making information more accurate, more relevant, and easier to understand for consumers.
E.U. 1169/2011 food standards example
Food safety standards such as E.U. regulation 1169/2011 – aka. “INCO regulation” – in Europe or FSMA regulation in the U.S. require businesses to provide additional information to consumers and improve transparency.
Businesses have tighter and changing food regulatory compliance to handle. For instance, the new E.U. regulation 1169/2011 requires, among other, to:
- Display the amount of the nutrient for which a nutrition / health claim has been made
- Comply with tighter constraints about some nutrition claims for products containing alcohol or caffeine
- Consider nutrients profile and scientific proof of evidence for health claims
Lascom suite to better comply with food standards
Companies have to comply with multiple regulations and complex certification management (FDA legislations, FSMA regulation, local and global food safety standards, INCO regulation, BRC, IFS, etc.). It can be difficult to be constantly fully in compliance with all quality alerts and properly manage certifications (tracking, frequency, safety and hygienic rules…). An efficient tool is critical, especially for global companies which have to deal with scores of references, suppliers and markets. As food safety standards volume increases considerably, food industries, food service and retailers must manage data and documentation attached to products all along the lifecycle, from R&D to the shelves through production, marketing, quality etc.
Both effective compliance management and certification management are crucial to optimize product lifecycle and be able to innovate faster, improve food regulatory compliance, better collaborate and increase market shares.
To assist Quality and R&D teams in accurate compliance management, Lascom provides features such as:
The compliance management solution calculates directly from the formulation tool which nutrition claims manufacturers and food service can or cannot display. It also provides the amount of nutrient on which the claim applies. The marketing team can choose claims to display in full knowledge of the facts, before sending a packaging brief to the packaging supplier for proof design. It considerably eases R&D and quality teams daily tasks.
Supply chain integration
Food and beverage companies are often limited by a lack of visibility across the supply chain, which delays the ability to leverage sourcing relationships. In addition, manual processes of soliciting specification data from suppliers are lengthy and prone to error.
Lascom provides the framework to manage suppliers and sourcing relationships as far upstream in the supply chain as needed. Then ERP can use the product truth (product data that has been determined in a PLM system) to help Food and Beverage companies manage production resources and financials among other business activities.
Access our guides and whitepapers for your industry :
- Agri-food compliance: a global phenomenon. How can we adapt to it ? – White Paper
- Collaboration as a Key to Success in Retail – White Paper
- What has changed due to INCO? – Infographics