Strengthening quality and product traceability for the world's fourth largest agri-food operator
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 30, 2019 /CNW/ - Intermarché, the world's fourth largest agri-food operator, has chosen SGS Transparency-One to map its own-brand organic products. The organization saw an opportunity and need to deliver greater quality control and product traceability within its growing line of organic-labelled products. Launched eight months ago, the cloud-based solution has already identified more than 4,200 suppliers across the supply chain.
Globally and locally, tighter regulations and greater consumer demand for transparency are requiring food businesses to strengthen their supply chain visibility and management, from product origin to the end consumer. Uncertified supplier facilities, regulatory non-compliances and fraudulent product claims are examples of risks that can be mitigated through enhanced visibility. The SGS Transparency-One solution enables businesses to identify, analyse and monitor all suppliers, components and production sites in their supply chains online, in real-time. Importantly, businesses can determine whether suppliers comply with regulations for product safety, sustainability and social responsibility. Intermarché has now got visibility into the social and environmental quality certificates of its 4,200 own-brand organic suppliers to date.
"Our solution, in partnership with Transparency-One, allows us to create a detailed map of all the different entities involved in a supply chain, collect and verify suppliers' certifications, and make targeted recommendations based on each supplier's control of the process. The application of the technology is neutral across industries, from food to retail to beyond. It's the most advanced solution on the market today - a new social network for suppliers," said Guy Escarfail, Vice President, Global Head of SGS Digital Supply Chain Solutions.
"For Les Mousquetaires Group – Intermarché, quality and traceability are essential. The demand for organic-labelled products is growing rapidly. We realised that we didn't have a detailed view of the entire supply chain for our own-brand organic products. To be able to answer consumers' questions, we asked SGS Transparency-One to set up an accurate mapping system, all the way down to primary production. We continue to make good progress and encourage suppliers at all levels to join this initiative to give our customers the fullest guarantees in terms of quality, food safety, and environmental and social commitment," said Olivier Touzé, Director of Quality and Sustainable Development at Les Mousquetaires Group.
In addition to the SGS Transparency-One solution, SGS Canada also offers other traceability solutions to suit organizations' varied supply chain needs and budgets. Transparent, up-to-date information leads to enhanced production, brand marketability and stronger consumer trust. With over 130 years of serving the agricultural and food industry globally, SGS Canada is leading the way with innovative technology solutions in support of Canada's food safety system.
About Intermarché With its unique status as "Producer & Retailer," Intermarché places the well-being of consumers at the heart of its commitments. Its unique positioning in French distribution, as the 4th largest agrifood operator and 2nd largest independent distributor in France, gives Intermarché the ability to continuously adapt to consumers' expectations and societal challenges, to "Produce Better" and "Eat Better."
About SGS SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. It is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 97,000 employees, SGS operates a network of more than 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world. Forbes ranked the SGS Group as one of the world's top multinationals and one of the world's most innovative companies. The Dow Jones Sustainability Index has also recognized the SGS Group for its sustainability processes. In Canada, SGS employs over 2,000 team members across 70 locations, serving nine industries. Visit www.sgs.ca.
About Transparency-One Transparency-One enables companies to discover, analyze, and monitor all suppliers, components, and facilities in the entire supply chain. Transparency-One combines cutting-edge graph database technology, supply chain expertise, and global supplier onboarding services, in partnership with SGS, to help all supply chain stakeholders reduce business risk. The company is based in Boston, Massachusetts with offices in Paris, France. Visit www.transparency-one.com
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