Business Continuity

Business continuity in the food industry is a must to maintain robust and thriving growth, and specific plans are required for most third-party certifications.

Continuity Plan

The Global Food Safety Initiative, an association established and managed by the Consumer Goods Forum, requires that member organizations have a business continuity (back up plan) in case of supply chain disruptions.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) requires “alternative arrangements to fulfill customer expectations” under the Incident Management and Business Continuity section. 3.8.5

Although businesses cannot predict or prevent all disruptions, in the event of an interruption, proper planning should enable continuance of essential operations and allow business to revert to normal procedures more rapidly. Thus, prudent organizations constantly are searching for suppliers to qualify as backup or contingent sources in case of normal supply chain disruption.

Maintaining an internal process for securing secondary sources of raw materials is important as growing trends push companies to find new ingredients, replace or reduce items on current labels, or modify existing brands to fit evolving consumer appetites.

Distributions Role

If an internal review reveals an ingredient does not have a secondary supply, it is important to utilize a trusted partner who can identify and source an alternative. Utilizing a distributor’s experience and guidance ensures risk mitigation should a primary supply interruption occur. Additionally, some distributors have the team and expertise to qualify, test, and match products that need a backup supply.

Do you have alternative arrangements or a backup supply for all sourced ingredients?

Click here to find a backup for single source items.

Reach out here for a free process audit or consultation to ensure your business continuity plan is up to date.

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