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A few highlights from NAFS19

The big highlight for us was our joint workshop session presented by our very own Jim Hardeman, EVP Product Management, together with David Abney.

  • :: Integrating Food Safety Systems
  • :: FSMA Review
  • :: Regulatory Compliance
  • :: Leadership Tools and Skillsets
  • :: Supply Chain Management
  • :: Risk Management
  • :: Collaborative QA/QC

  • … and they definitely delivered. In fact, our heads were hurting by the end of the event, though perhaps not entirely due to the information packed agenda.

I get two product complaints out of Texas, and two out of Florida. That same date code could have gone to both of them, so at night the system puts them all together and says ‘I have a problem with this date code’.  it pulls all that information together and these are the kinds of reports we’re able to get.

David Abney, VP of Quality Assurance, Sonic Drive-In discussing how CMX’s automated monitoring helps them identify issues and mitigate risk while presenting with Jim Hardeman to a packed house at NAFS19

For those of you who couldn’t make it this year we’ve included a few highlights from the event, but if you’re keen for a full rundown, drop us a note and we’ll be happy to fill you in on everything we saw and learned over the couple of days.


  • The big highlight for us was our joint workshop session presented by our very own Jim Hardeman, EVP Product Management, together with David Abney, VP of Quality Assurance, Sonic Drive-In. Their session showed how Sonic Drive-In has taken the “crisis out of crisis management” by leveraging CMX’s Incident Management and Recalls. It was presented to a packed house – so much so, the organizers had to bring in more chairs – way to go guys! Feedback has been so positive that we’re looking to create a webinar version of the presentation, so sign up for our newsletter (there’s a form in the footer) if you’d like to know once we’ve set a date for it.
  • Did you know General Mills invested 14.4 million USD in food safety in fiscal 2018, which was equal to 7.6 percent of the total capital investment for the year? They run an enterprise audit program that leverages third party and internal audits and take a ‘Pre-competitive approach’, working to share best practices globally, as part of their commitment in driving improvement across the industry – as it’s to the benefit of everyone.
  • Interestingly, GM also supports over 400 trained quality professionals on their Food Safety team, and they will audit 100 percent of their global facilities using internal auditors and/or third parties this year.
  • Mondelez also shared insights into their inner workings around food safety, including a detailed slide explaining their quality processes to drive growth across the value chain.

So that’s it from CMX @ NAFS19! Next, we’re off to IAFP in Louisville, Kentucky (July 21-24).  Let us know if you’re also planning to attend so we can arrange a time to meet.

See you all soon!



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About NAFS19

North American Food Safety & Quality 2019 brings together the “who’s who” of food safety, quality, and compliance executives, cutting-edge service and solution providers and media partners for North America’s premier food safety event.