05.06.2018 : IFS

The IFS (International Featured Standard) was created in 2003 by the German Trade Association HDE and its French counterparts FCD; later Italian Trade Associations joined. Today IFS is acting worldwide.The basic idea of IFS is the fact that on the one hand side the European Law and National Laws require from food companies or food outlets to implement all relevant actions to secure food safety and on the other hand also individual suppliers/retailers develop marketing profiles with add-ons to the legal requirements to gain higher margins. Those companies then need a control/audit for their claims. IFSs ambition is to harmonize those individual demands to one level of control to get more efficiency via an unified standard.

The IFS-standard is benchmarking the individual steps and partners of the Total Supply Chain by an evaluation system which has four main categories :

- A: full compliance with the requirements (20 points)

- B: almost full compliance but small deviations (15 points)

- C: only a small part of the requirements are implemented (5 points)

- D: the requirements are not implemented

All scorings are reported and explained in an IFS Audit Report. Based on the first evaluation all enterprises have the chance to secure and improve their market position by an action plan of continuous optimization of their products and services.


05.05.2018 : Plekhanov University

The Plekhanov University in Moscow is one of the largest economic universities in Russia. It was formed in 1897 by businessmen of Moscow; in 1903 it started Commercial Courses. Today Plekhanov is also institutionalized in 27 Russian cities as well as in Bishkek in the Kyrgyz Republic.

For three generations professors from the Tserevitinov family were teaching Commodity Research and Education at the Plekhanov University. Therefore the Commodity Conferences are named after that family. Internationally the Commodity Department is also strongly engaged internationally in the IGWT. Prof. Dr. Hallier therefore sees an interesting input by Plekhanov for TUN as also vice versa.


02.04.2018 : Tracing/Tracking

Tracing/Tracking of cows became only relevant in Germany during and after the BSE/Mad Cow Disease in 1994/96. As an act of Civil Society the Workshop Meat of the EHI Retail Institute created together with the Central Marketing Association of the Agricultural Sector (CMA) the standard provider Orgainvent (read more: Orgainvent).

In 1997 the EU Agriculture Council adapted the EHI/Orgainvent proposals and initiated the EU Regulations 820/97 and later the EU Regulation 1760/2000 to standardize tracing/tracking for cows and beef within the EU as well as for suppliers from outside of the EU. The YouTube TILS (Link) demonstrates the application of the system during the processing in the cutting house.

03.03.2018 : GlobalG.A.P.

One of the important internationally recognized standard-providers in the Agro-Sector is Globalgap. Its competences for the Total Supply Chain is reflected in its split of members in 12 percent coming from retail, 46 percent from the supply side and 42 percent associated members (see LINK).

Globalgap was started under the name of Eurepgap as a pro-active food-security initiative for fruit and vegetables at the hype of the BSE-crisis. Twenty years later its success-story is documented by a special reader - at the photo presented by the CEO of Globalgap, Dr.Kristian Moeller - and Prof.Dr.B.Hallier.

10.02.2018 : Barcoding

Mass distribution via self-service like since the 70ies of the last century in the USA and Western Europe would have been not possible without product-identification by barcodes and scanning in the cash-zones of supermarkets. Since 2005 the national bar-code institutions are harmonized towards a Global Standard (GS 1) worldwide:(see LINK Intro GS 1).

"For Certifications within the Thematic University Network Food knowledge about the main international Standard Setters is absolutely necessary" Prof.Dr.B.Hallier stated "because they are driving forces for modern distribution from farm to fork".

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