NE WS AND TR END S FR O M ACR O SS TH E F O O D SUP P LY CH A I N
Nash Finch Completes
Ohio DC Expansion Product Recall Management Report Released
M inneapolis-based Nash Finch Co. has
completed a significant expansion of
a distribution center located in Lima, OH.
T he Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), Food Marketing Institute (FMI)
and GS1 US have issued a joint industry report that identifies opportuni-
ties and methods for improving product recall management practices across
The expansion represents a substantial multiple dimensions.
investment and effectively doubles the cur- The report, titled Recall Execution Effectiveness: Collaborative Approaches to
rent freezer capacity. Improving Consumer Safety and Confi-
“We are very excited to announce the dence, was conducted by Deloitte Con-
completion of this expansion at our Lima sulting LLP on behalf of GMA, FMI and
warehouse,” says Alec Covington, presi- GS1 US and makes recommendations
dent and CEO. “This important investment in three main areas: communication
positions us to better serve existing cus- and collaboration; processes, organiza-
tomers while at the same time providing tion and metrics; and technology.
needed capacity to add additional ones.” The study is part of an ongoing,
The expansion was completed this past industry-wide effort to improve product PRODUCE AT RISK: The FDA recently
April and enables Nash Finch to triple the safety and recall programs. announced a 23-state recall of bags
amount of frozen volume shipped from “Consumer confidence is the founda- of shredded Romaine lettuce due to
Lima. A grand opening ceremony and tion of the food, beverage and consum- contamination with E. coli.
ribbon-cutting is planned for July. er products industry. Without it, noth-
Nash Finch also announced the clo- ing we do is possible,” says Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO of GMA. “That
sure of a distribution center located in means prevention is our first line of defense when it comes to product safety. Our
Bridgeport, MI. Nash Finch has operated industry-wide culture of continuous improvement prompted this study to ensure
this facility since 1996 and expects to com- that recall processes are as efficient and effective as possible.”
pletely exit the facility by late September. The report findings are based on a thorough Deloitte evaluation of current and
All customers currently supplied by the leading recall practices utilized by consumer product manufacturers and retail-
Bridgeport facility will be transitioned to ers. Among the report’s recommendations is