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14 Feb
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The Role of ERP in Food Safety Compliance

Is your organization faced with these challenges?

  • Significant industry disruptions with changing consumer demand
  • Growing complexity in supply chains
  • More stringent food safety mandates

We can help. Through Kestrel’s strategic alliance with Ultra Consultants, our whitepaper—The Role of ERP in Food Safety Compliance–provides in-depth insight to address these challenges.

You’ll learn:

  • How to leverage enterprise technology to assist in food safety compliance.
  • How to implement the appropriate processes and systems to help manage recalls, reporting, and document control.
  • What Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system requirements are critical to help today’s food processor.
  • Why gaining flexibility to respond to changing regulatory requirements is so important.

Download The Role of ERP in Food Safety Compliance today to get a better understanding of the role ERP systems can play in achieving food safety compliance.

30 Jan
Risk-based standards workshop
Risk-Based Standards Workshop: March 27

Don’t miss this free workshop hosted by DNV GL in Chicago on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

Risk-Based Standards Workshop – How Emerging ISO Requirements Are Impacting Business
Environmental, Product Compliance, Health & Safety, Supply Chain & Food Safety

Join DNV GL Business Assurance North America Regional & Technical Management, Global Accreditation Management, as well as DNV GL Digital Solutions and key industry experts for this day-long workshop. Presenters will provide lessons learned about the following standards and topics: ISO 14001, ISO 45001, Product Compliance, and Supply Chain.

The second half of the day will feature a workshop on Food Safety. Kestrel Principal Roberto Bellavia will be talking about mitigating allergen risks. Other topics include supply chain management, food safety culture, and food fraud.

register now

30 Jan
ERP Food Safety Webinar
March 7 Webinar: Food Safety Compliance & ERP

Showcase Webinar – Food Safety Compliance and ERP:
How to Stay on the Safe Side

Thursday March 7, 2019  1 p.m. CT

Food and beverage processors face significant disruptions with changing consumer demand, growing complexity in supply chains, and ever stringent food safety mandates.

Today’s food and beverage processor must implement the appropriate processes and systems that not only manage recalls, reporting and document control, but also offer the flexibility to respond to changing regulatory requirements.

Kestrel and Ultra Consultants are partnering to offer you an educational webinar session taking place March 7, 2019 to learn what it takes to integrate compliance programs into core business processes and systems.

The session details how to meet a pressing need – selecting and implementing the right technology to meet strict food safety mandates.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the key food safety trends and regulations impacting the sector.
  • Get an overview of strategies to help meet and sustain food safety compliance, certifications and regulatory mandates.
  • See the must-have ERP features to help reduce operational risks, achieve food safety requirements, and realize sustained value through effective use of enterprise technology.

Who Should Attend?

  • C-level leaders at food and beverage processing companies
  • Quality, Compliance, Finance leadership
  • ERP, IT Directors
  • Operations Directors, Production leadership
  • Anyone responsible for overall business process improvement

register now

29 Jan
Upcoming Food Workshops
Upcoming Coffee & FSVP Workshops: March 2019

Kestrel Management is teaming with Firedancer Coffee Consultants
to bring you two unique training opportunities this March in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

Space is limited, so don’t miss your chance to register now!

coffeeSpecialty Coffee Association’s Coffee Skills Program: Green Coffee Foundations: March 20, 2019

Join Firedancer Coffee Consultants for the SCA Coffee Skills Program’s one-day Green Coffee Foundations course. This introductory course covers key concepts surrounding green coffee, from growing the plant through processing, shipping, and storage, to arrival at a roastery. This course has been adapted to focus on known hazards in the supply chain of coffee, where they occur, and/or how they can be controlled or eliminated to help set the stage for the two-day FSVP course.

This is a certificate program from the Specialty Coffee Association, with a written and practical test at the end of the day. Cost of the course is $400. Use Code KM2019-25 when registering for a 25% discount on tuition fees. REGISTER NOW!

food importForeign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) Workshop: March 21-22, 2019

The FDA is starting to inspect importers as of September 2018. It’s time to be prepared. This two-day course is focused on building plans for green coffee producers, exporters and importers, but will cover the full extent of the law. Kestrel will lead attendees through the requirements for building a FSVP. The last half day will be spent building a model plan as a group. A prerequisite class is not required for the FSVP course, but having a strong understanding of FSMA, Good Manufacturing Practices, Hazard Analysis, and Preventive Controls would be beneficial.

Cost of the course is $895 per person, which includes a workbook, templates, lunch both days, and a certificate in FSVP. REGISTER NOW!

22 Jan
Partnership Kestrel Management Ultra Consultants
Kestrel Forms Alliance with Ultra Consultants

Expanded services help food and beverage processors select, implement enterprise technology
to reduce risk, meet food safety mandates.

Kestrel is pleased to announce our partnership with Ultra Consultants, Inc. (Ultra) to provide food safety compliance and remediation advisory services to North American food and beverage processors. The expanded services created through this relationship will help food and beverage processors better select and implement enterprise technology to reduce risk and meet food safety mandates by effectively integrating compliance programs into core business processes and systems.

Meeting Industry Needs

Food and beverage processors face significant industry disruptions with changing consumer demand, growing complexity in supply chains, and more stringent food safety mandates. Today’s food and beverage processor must implement the appropriate processes and systems that not only manage recalls, reporting and document control, but also offer the flexibility to respond to changing regulatory requirements.

Kestrel’s Bill Bremer, Principal, Food Safety Compliance, reinforces, “We’ve heard from leading food and beverage processors that there is a critical need for expertise and tools that help meet ever-escalating food safety requirements. This alliance will enable food and beverage processors to more efficiently reduce operational risks, achieve food safety requirements, and realize sustained value through effective use of enterprise technology.”

Expanded Services

As part of this strategic alliance, food processors will benefit from advisory services that help meet and sustain food safety compliance, certifications, and regulatory mandates by applying proven methodologies in the following areas:

  • Food and Beverage Compliance Systems Integration/Scaling Support
  • Food and Beverage Compliance Certification Support
  • Compliance Remediation
  • Food Safety Business Process Improvement (BPI)

“These expanded offerings complement Ultra’s existing business process improvement services,” explains Jeff Carr, CEO and Founder of Ultra Consultants. “The food safety services also leverage proven methodologies in the enterprise technology selection, evaluation and implementation Ultra’s independent advisers have delivered over the last twenty-five years. More importantly, these expanded services help food processors meet a pressing need – selecting and implementing the right technology to meet strict food safety mandates.”

Read more about our expanded offerings.

About Ultra Consultants
Ultra Consultants is an independent research and enterprise solutions consulting firm serving the manufacturing and distribution industries throughout North America, as well as companies with global operations. Since 1994, Ultra has delivered enterprise technology expertise and process management to drive business performance improvement for our clients. More information on the company’s services, leadership, industry verticals served, and software vendor relationships can be found at

21 Jan
FSSC 22000 Information Day Presenters
FSSC 22000 Information Day Exceeds Expectations

Kestrel Management recently teamed with FSSC 22000, a global GFSI-recognized food safety certification owner, to host an Information Day in Schaumburg, Illinois, on November 13, 2018.

Cor Groenveld, Market Development Manager, and Jacqueline Southee, North American Representative, both with FSSC 22000, presented on the implications and benefits of the recent updates to FSSC 22000, how the revised ISO 22000 international standard will impact FSSC 22000, the future of food safety management, how the new FSSC certification can benefit food safety programs, the Global Markets Program, and FSMA alignment.

“This Kestrel-hosted event exceeded all expectations,” said Kestrel Principal Bill Bremer. “It was the first time a global scheme under GFSI presented in an independent focus session such as this. It was a unique opportunity for approximately 35 attendees from food industry companies, certification bodies, and other food safety professional services firms to hear directly from one of the key schemes under GFSI.”


The FSSC 22000 Food Safety System Certification provides a framework for effectively managing food safety and quality responsibilities. FSSC 22000 demonstrates a company has a robust and effective food safety management system (FSMS) in place to meet the requirements of regulators, food business clients and consumers.

The FSSC 22000 Scheme is managed by the independent Foundation FSSC 22000. FSSC 22000 is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and developed in response to the needs of the international food sector. FSSC 22000 is fully based on the international, independent standards: ISO 22000, ISO 22003 with sector specific technical specifications for Prerequisite Programs (PRPs) and additional Scheme requirements.

The first version of the FSSC 22000 Scheme was published in 2009. Since then almost 18,000 sites (reference date: January 2018) have been certified and new scopes have been added. Mid 2017 Version 4.1 of the Scheme has been published.

13 Dec
IFS Focus Day 2019
IFS Focus Day 2019

IFS Focus Day Is Back!
January 10, 2019 10 am – 4 pm
US Foods Office Complex | 9399 Higgins Road | 1st Floor, Scoop Room
Rosemont, Illinois

Make plans to join Stephan Tromp and Pius Grasser from IFS, and Kestrel Management’s Bill Bremer for our complimentary IFS Focus Day 2019.

10:00 am: Registration
10:30 am: Welcome
10:45 am: Why IFS
11:15 am: FSMA Compliance
Noon: Lunch
12:45 pm: Risk Assessment
1:45 pm: Intro to IFS HPC
2:30 pm: Break
2:45 pm: IFS North America 2019
4:00 pm: Adjourn

To register, email

Note: Space is limited for this FREE event!

Hosted by Kestrel Management | Sponsored by US Foods and NSF

10 Dec
expanding food safety resources
Gary Wills Joins Kestrel’s Food Safety Division

Gary WillsKestrel welcomes Gary Wills as Business Development Director for Kestrel’s growing Food Safety division. Gary will be working with Kestrel’s food safety team to introduce Kestrel’s food safety certification and compliance services to an ever-expanding market impacted by FSMA requirements and GFSI standards.

Gary has extensive experience working with companies in the food and beverage market, particularly those seeking food safety certification. He is well-versed in the GFSI-benchmarked standards and has managed global, national, regional, and startup accounts at the food safety, quality, procurement, product development, and senior management/ownership levels.

Prior to joining Kestrel, Gary served as the Director of Sales, Food & Beverage, for DNV GL Business Assurance, where he facilitated many large opportunities into sales; oversaw several key global projects; and developed strong relationships with some of the nation’s largest food and beverage processors, retailers, and food service organizations.

Gary has experience with the following certifications: FSSC 22000, SQF, BRC, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001. He is a member of the Institute for Food Technologists (IFT) and International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) and has completed the FSSC Lead Auditor training. Gary has his Bachelor of Business from Western Illinois University.

04 Dec
Food Sanitation
Food Sanitizer Efficacy and Validation Overview

The food safety industry has focused heavily on sanitation through the growth of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certifications and more recently the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). These efforts have intensified over the past 10+ years, resulting in the mandatory development of much more formalized programs, including programs for sanitation.  Even with this increased emphasis and more stringent sanitation requirements, food outbreaks continue.

Could the use of improper sanitizers be linked to foodborne illness outbreaks? Read Kestrel’s recent article, Food Sanitizer Efficacy and Validation Overviewas published in Food Safety Magazine.

20 Nov
MWFPA Annual Meeting Drone Presentation
Talk Drones with Kestrel at the MWFPA Convention

The Midwest Food Products Association’s Annual Convention brings together leaders in the food processing industry to discuss trends, view new technologies, share expertise, and network with professionals in different companies and disciplines.

MWFPA Annual Convention
November 27-29, 2018
Kalahari Resort | Wisconsin Dells, WI

Kestrel Presentation: Bringing Your Drone Program to Scale
Wednesday, November 28 at 9:30 a.m.
Jack Anderson, Kestrel Management Chief Engineer

This year, Kestrel Management will be talking about the growing applicability of drones and best practices from our experience managing industrial-scale drone programs. Kestrel’s presentation will discuss how unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology (a/k/a drones) can be applied across various industries. We will cover some of the risks and opportunities associated with building an industrial drone program and share lessons learned from our experiences. We’ll address common questions, including the following:

  • What does it take to build an industrial drone program?
  • How can UAS technology fit into your current business model?
  • What challenges can occur when you introduce drones to your business operations?
  • How do you ensure you operate in compliance with FAA regulations?

Join us at the MWFPA Annual Convention and get the information and resources you need to meet the ongoing challenges of customer demands.