Specialty Food Ingredients of Fargo, ND, is a privately-owned company that imports and distributes nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and many other products to food manufacturers. SFI Vice President Quality Control Jessica Dodd noted, “With the advent of the Food Safety Management Act, our need to track and document each supplier and item has grown exponentially. Before, we did everything—product and supplier profiles--manually. Two years ago, we realized we needed a whole new system that could do that for us automatically.”
To deliver the requirements set out by FSMA, Dodd knew her company would need an electronic document management supplier that offered highly automated and user friendly software. “Two years ago, I was at a conference and heard a presentation by Gary Nowacki, CEO of TraceGains Inc., a company specialized in this area. What I heard fit our needs perfectly. We needed to look no further, and have not looked back,” explained Dodd.
Dodd shared, “The beauty of TraceGains’ system is the many action forms they email to our suppliers. It’s really handy. The supplier types information into the blank areas of each form and, when they email them back to us, the information automatically populates the corresponding fields within our customized software. This means we don’t have to type in anything ourselves, which saves us an enormous amount of time and money.”
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TraceGains (www.tracegains.com) provides food and beverage manufacturers and distributors with a web-based, full-service supplier, compliance, and regulatory document management solution that automates and streamlines processes to convert static documents into actionable data. With a network of more than 5,000 supplier members and more than 250 deployment sites, TraceGains offers an ever-expanding database of suppliers, purchased items, and documents that companies can leverage to improve product quality, accelerate product development, and meet regulatory and audit pressures. TraceGains not only digitizes all incoming documents, making them easily searchable, but also extracts critical data and analyzes them against customer-specific business and compliance rules, alerting stakeholders to any non-compliance. TraceGains’ automated solution assures companies that documentation is up to date, organized, and searchable, making companies 365 Audit Ready. TraceGains’ customers boast a four to six month return on their investment. Recently, TraceGains was listed as one of Food Logistics Top 100 software and technology providers. Follow TraceGains on Twitter at @tracegains.