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                            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
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