OXNARD, Calif. — Mission Produce, which sources, produces and distributes fresh Hass avocados with additional offerings in mangos, announced it has named Timothy Bulow as president and chief operating officer, effective no later than Aug. 1, 2022. Mission’s Founder Steve Barnard will continue to serve in his role as CEO and a member of the board of directors.
Bulow joins Mission with more than 30 years of experience leading global operations, business development and marketing for consumer-facing businesses across diverse geographies and industries. He has deep experience with multi-national consumer goods corporations, including General Mills, where he served in multiple general management and marketing leadership positions, introducing multiple branded products and streamlining operations in international markets across Latin America, Europe and Asia. Most recently, Bulow served as chief operating officer at Minor Education, part of Minor International, one of the largest hospitality, restaurant and lifestyle companies in the Asia Pacific Region. In this role, Bulow was responsible for the development, strategic market expansion and launch of new education platforms. Bulow began his career at KPMG before joining PepsiCo, where he held various roles in accounting, finance and strategy. Bulow earned a B.S. in business from Tennessee Tech University and an MBA from Harvard Business School
“Tim is a versatile and results-driven executive who has a great appreciation for global commerce and the development of new growth markets through his 30-year career working for large multinational enterprises,” said Barnard. “With Tim’s operational and commercial expertise, I’m confident that we will expand upon our industry-leading market share and meet our long-term strategic growth plans. We are thrilled to have him on board and look forward to further expanding our global footprint under his leadership.”
SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry entitled The Accredited Third-Party Certification Program: Questions and Answers: Guidance for Industry.
The final rule for Accredited Third-Party Certification was issued in 2015 under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The rule establishes a voluntary program, known as the Accredited Third-Party Certification Program (also referred to as the Third-Party Program or TPP), in which the FDA recognizes accreditation bodies that have the responsibility of accrediting third-party certification bodies. The accredited third-party certification bodies conduct food safety audits and certify that eligible foreign food entities and food produced by such entities, meet the applicable food safety requirements of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and FDA regulations. An eligible entity is a foreign entity in the U.S. import food supply chain that undergoes a food safety audit conducted by an accredited certification body under the Accredited Third-Party Certification Program.
The draft guidance, when finalized, will provide answers to frequently asked questions relating to the requirements of the Accredited Third-Party Certification Program, and is intended to assist accreditation bodies’, third-party certification bodies’ and eligible entities’ understanding of the regulation and program requirements.
Comments can be submitted in writing or electronically within 90 days of publication in the Federal Register of the notice announcing the availability of the draft guidance. Submit electronic comments at regulations.gov, using Docket No. FDA-2022-D-0370.
READING, Pa. — ByHeart, a baby nutrition company, officially announced the Food and Drug Administration registration of its Reading, Pa., manufacturing facility, becoming the fourth vertically integrated United States infant formula brand to have full oversight of its production, supply chain and research and development —enabling it to rewrite the formula recipe from scratch and have control over every step of the process, from farm to formula — something no new infant formula entrant has accomplished in over 15 years, the company claimed.
"I'm thrilled to invest in innovation in the infant nutrition industry with $1.75 million in state support," said Governor Tom Wolf. "In addition to supporting good health from birth, this investment in ByHeart will create good jobs, economic impact and support for agriculture in the commonwealth and indeed the entire country currently suffering from shortages in this supply — it's an all-around win."
In 2019, ByHeart acquired and updated its own manufacturing facility in Reading, Pa., rather than using a third-party contract manufacturer as every other new entrant has done, the company claimed. It has invested $21.6 million to date, including enhancements in preventative food safety measures to convert the plant from toddler food production to infant formula capability, and engaged Pennsylvania-based companies for the engineering and construction. The team was able to tailor the facility specifically to the ByHeart formula as well as accommodate full in-house research and development capabilities. It created a proprietary small batch blending process that it claims requires half the steps of the industry norm and is designed to maintain the nutritional integrity and quality of the ingredients throughout every step and uphold the highest standards of food safety. Reduced processing means ByHeart is able to maintain the natural goodness and functional benefits of their ingredients, the company said.
"We spent two years auditing infant formula plants around the world," explained ByHeart CEO and Co-Founder, Ron Belldegrun. "We chose the commonwealth as our home base because of local expertise, rich agricultural heritage and a commitment to furthering value-add dairy, which — together with our expertise in infant nutrition innovation — has the potential to transform Reading into a national and global hub for the export of the most fundamental and vital food in the world."
SMITHFIELD, Va. — Smithfield Foods, the Utah Pork Producers Association (UPPA) and the Fredette Family Foundation delivered a nearly 30,000-pound truckload of protein to the Utah Food Bank following a joint-pledge to donate for every point scored by Brigham Young University and Utah State University during the 2021-2022 football season.
The donation marks the third consecutive year of the college football-themed partnership between Smithfield, UPPA and the Fredette Family Foundation to fight hunger and support Utah Food Bank's work to fight hunger statewide.
"One in seven children in Utah face food insecurity," said Ginette Bott, president and CEO of Utah Food Bank. "We are incredibly grateful that this program generates nutritious protein donations to help us feed families facing hunger while driving awareness of the significant need that exists in our communities."
"On behalf of UPPA, we are proud to work with Smithfield, the Utah Food Bank and pork farmers across the state to provide this important donation to Utah families in need," said Jim Webb, president-elect, Utah Pork Producers Association. "Too often, Utahns suffer because they do not have access to a nutritious meal. Our farmers are committed to raising healthy pork products and working with community leaders so that Utahns do not have to go without a healthy protein option."
"Food, football and community go hand-in-hand," said Jonathan Toms, community development manager for Smithfield Foods. "We can't think of a better way to close the Cougar and Aggie football season than by coming together to fight hunger in our Utah communities."
Helping Communities is one of seven featured pillars in Smithfield's sustainability program spanning initiatives to promote animal care, diversity, equity and inclusion, environmental stewardship, food safety and quality, health and wellness, helping communities and worker health and safety. The company has donated hundreds of millions of protein servings to food banks, disaster relief efforts and community outreach programs through Helping Hungry Homes®, its signature hunger relief initiative, since 2008.