Jan. 29, 2013
-- Jack Kennedy, Vice President and General Manager at Chelsea Milling Company first learned about TraceGains when attending the Next Level Summit Quality Symposium in Arizona in 2009. Chelsea Milling Company, maker of “JIFFY” Baking Mix, is operated by a family whose roots in the flour milling business date back to the early 1800’s. Chelsea Milling Company is a complete manufacturer. The company stores wheat and mills it into flour. The operation is located in Chelsea, Michigan; the product is shipped out to all 50 states.
The unique challenges that TraceGains was able to address according to Kennedy was, “Proactive assessment of supplier compliance to our specifications…
the ability to accept COA’s presented in virtually any format.” The solution is SaaS and the supplier’s portal allows them to check their own performance.
Kennedy also noted that TraceGains best replaces existing technology solutions because, “It is outside of my firewall, always available, always up to date and highly configurable to my needs.” The firm now has document control and has gone from manual to a nearly perfect paperless mode. QA techs are freed up to do much more meaningful and impactful QA tasks.
TraceGains, based in Colorado, creates supplier documents; a management solution which prevents "bad stuff" (out of specification ingredients)
from arriving in the first place. Assuring that the correct supplier documents and certifications are on file, (such as allergen statement, kosher, SQF, and BRC) is also important to verify that the finished good food product is compliant with business policies and customer requirements.
TraceGains, Inc. (www.tracegains.com)
, founded in 1998, is for quality, purchasing, product development, and other departments who are burdened with manually managing suppliers and documents. TraceGains delivers full service supplier, compliance, and regulatory document management solutions. Unlike manual, ERP, or traditional document systems, TraceGains extracts data from documents and automatically takes action.
Actionable intelligence is quickly leveraged for supply chain and ingredient optimization. By automatically reducing ingredient variability, finished goods are more easily and cost-effectively produced, while the cost of poor quality is significantly reduced. Charge-backs and stock-outs are kept to a minimum; purchasing and negotiating power with suppliers is increased. Follow TraceGains on Twitter at @tracegains.
Marc Simony, Director of Marketing