A tag-team update on the progress of the GS1 US Foodservice Standards Initiative was made during a breakfast session at the July IFDA/IFMA Sales & Marketing Conference.
Ed Sanford (above), corporate vice president of marketing for Reinhart FoodService, and Renee Gerami (not shown), global master data management lead at McCain Foods, provided the update. Both of these executives serve on an Advisory Panel for the initiative.
Discussion included voluntary readiness scorecard results which
include 183 manufacturers now reporting their status. This is a 300
percent rise in manufacturers reporting in the last 60 days. Larry
Oberkfell, president and CEO of IFMA, made the point that more than
500 manufacturers are involved in standards adoption, but not all
of them have started participating in the voluntary scorecard
process. He strongly advised manufacturers not yet reporting to
consider doing so to accurately depict activity in the standards