Griffith Laboratories leverages Rain+ Grow to attain a new level of Food Safety and Customer Satisfaction: A CII Outlook

A brief history of Griffith Laboratories

Today a pioneer of food science, Griffith Laboratories established in the early 1900s by Enoch Ladd (E.L.) Griffith and his son Carroll Ladd (C.L.) was actually set up as a pharmaceutical company. It was only in 1919, that the company decided to shift its focus to helping make better meat and bakery products. Several innovative products for the food industry were introduced by the company from 70s to 90s. The family-owned company established its first overseas factory in Toronto in 1920 and its second one in Mexico city in 1950. They also set-up operations in Europe, Asia and Central America. Headquartered in Chicago, USA, Griffith Laboratories has now made its presence felt worldwide with manufacturing facilities in Mexico, Illinois, Toronto, Georgia, United Kingdom, Belgium, Spain, India, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Thailand, China and Japan. Griffith Laboratories also has offices in Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, Singapore, Ireland, France and Italy. Griffith India was established in 2005.

Griffith Laboratories specifically offer:

Improved seasonings – A perfect blend of herbs, spices and functional ingredients that enhance flavour, performance, appearance and aromatics.

Texture and coating solutions – Cereal or flour-based blends with additional flavours, spices, herbs and functional ingredients that ensure enhanced appearance, mouthfeel and shelf life.

Sauces and mixes – Available in unique liquid, dry and concentrate forms these are blends of flavours, spices, herbs and functional ingredients.

Doughs – Created to enhance flavour, texture and performance these are flour and yeast-based systems that come with additives.

Functional blends – Ingredient blends that are designed to enhance specific properties like flavour, colour, yield and binding capabilities.

Food safety alternatives – Additives that have been developed to curb microbial growth while maximising product safety.

Griffith Laboratories’ global customer base currently comprises food service providers, restaurants, fast food chains and caterers, food processors, meat processors, food distributors, food packers, food retailers, supermarkets and snack food makers.

Dealing with food safety concerns

Food safety has emerged as a huge concern across the globe. This is due to frequent reports of food contamination that can occur in either physical, chemical or biological form. The contamination can be deliberate (food adulteration) or accidental. The main priority for companies in the food industry is to develop food products that ensure sustainability, product traceability and adherence with export regulatory requirements. Another challenge that the food industry has to deal with is incidences of product recall wherein a batch or the entire production of a product is recalled by the manufacturer due to safety concerns, design defects or labelling issues. These recall decisions and recall procedure have to be carried out on time to avoid any negative impact on customer health. Another aspect to food safety is ensuring traceability which is the ability to trace any food product across various stages such as production, processing and distribution. Traceability offers immense benefits such as enabling quick closure of issues as problems areas can be easily identified contained and resolved, minimised losses and costs, enhanced public health and safety, heightened customer trust and confidence and improved operating efficiencies for growers, processors and shippers.

These are the major reasons why Griffith Laboratories has diligently worked towards establishing backward integration which enables them to meet customers’ quality standards, comply with regulations and bring about farm-to-fork traceability and sustainability. This program currently spans the traditional Paparika belt, Raichur, Bellary, the traditional chilly belt, Kandakaru and Khammam and covers 800 acres and 98 farmers.

Griffith Laboratories’ Backward Integration Programme for Sourcing from Farmers

Griffith has developed a package of practices which clearly outlines the rules that farmers have to follow when they become part of the programme and a list of approved practices. Field supervisors are assigned each of the farms that come under the program who have to stay constantly in touch with farmers and visit them on the dates listed out in the pre-planned schedule. Both the farmers and supervisors are given regular training to help them adhere to the set practices. Farmers and field supervisors are expected to carry out recommended post-harvest practices for increased hygiene and contaminant control, maintain records and documents and help reduce the level of lot testing at key points in the crop cycle to help make the program fool-proof.

Software for Field Activity Management

So how did Griffith Laboratories achieve this with the help of Rain+ Grow?

Traceability at the farm level is ensured as farmers who come under the program are assigned a unique code to identify their farms easily. Field supervisors put in charge have to maintain a detailed record of pesticides applied during each crop cycle. These field records and daily field report are captured against the farmer’s code using mobile applications. Material packed in bags, and the final invoice will also bear this unique Farmer code so that in case in of any issues, the products can be quickly traced back based on the farmer code and other details. With Rain+ Grow, our best-in-class software on the cloud, Griffith Laboratories can track all their farm operations anytime, anywhere from desktops, laptops or mobiles helping increase operational efficiency, maximise crop yields, optimize field staff performance comply with food safety requirements and increase customer satisfaction.

Technology for farm to fork traceability    Rain+ Grow for Food traceability

 

(Source: As presented by Griffith Laboratories at the CII Food Safety and Quality Summit on Dec 2-3)

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