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Did you know that PrimusGFS has developed an audit tracker to let you know the status of your audit, from scheduling all the way through to the certification decision? Regardless of the certification body with which you are are working, PGFS audits feature the added advantage of knowing where you stand throughout the audit certification process. To take full advantage of this PGFS feature, view your audit status through your Azzule Supply Chain Program (SCP) site. It is free to register for an SCP, and you can sign up for your own site at: https://secure.azzule.com/SupplyChain/SupplierRegistration/SupplierRegistration.aspx. For more information, feel free to contact

Are you listening to your clients or customers? Failing to do so can have dire consequences for businesses of all sizes in all industries. The cautionary tale below details what happened to one of America’s largest and most successful companies because of its failure to stay abreast of its customers’ needs. George Eastman and Henry A. Strong founded the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York, on September 4, 1888. Throughout most of the 20th Century, Kodak dominated the photographic film market worldwide. Early on, the company understood its wide reach and name recognition and capitalized on them with its tagline

In this Season of Joy and Giving, we would like to express our sincere thanks for entrusting Primus Group (Azzule and PrimusLabs) with your business over the past year. In working with you, we are acutely aware of your contributions and grateful to be your colleague, providing assistance in advancing the fresh produce industry forward. As we approach the New Year, we offer a humble pledge for our continued support and assistance in all that you do. We are thankful for your business, and we want to use this occasion to wish you the best in 2020. Thank you

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has had a profound impact on food companies. While large growers, packers, shippers, importers, and buyers have handled compliance with the new law relatively easily, smaller entities, especially importers and others that need to meet the demands of the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP), might find themselves without the personnel or Qualified Individual (QI) necessary to monitor the food safety of their suppliers. These entities may be torn between two untenable solutions: either train a current employee with the food safety knowledge to function as their QI or hire a new employee that has

As auditing has become more and more common as a staple of food safety monitoring, some large companies (i.e., exporters, importers, shippers, etc.) with hundreds or thousands of suppliers have begun to conduct 2nd Party audits on those suppliers who do not undergo 3rd Party audits conducted by certification bodies. Furthermore, 2nd Party audits are one of the verification activities that allow companies to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and in particular with the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) for food imported into the United States. This can help both importers and exporters sell their products to

Azzule is pleased to announce that it is releasing a new Good Agricultural Practices addendum for PrimusGFS to meet the needs of growers, harvesters, and shippers that supply to McDonald’s. Azzule’s approved PrimusGFS Certification Bodies will begin performing the new McDonald’s GAP addendum in early 2020. Back in 2017, McDonald’s updated their GAP requirements for their fresh produce supply chain that required the produce processors to conduct McDonald’s 2nd party audits to the growers and harvesters. Azzule, in collaboration with McDonalds and their produce processors, have come to an agreement that growers and harvesters may include the McDonald’s GAP as

On October 21, 2019, Azzule will release its first web application, the PrimusLabs app. The Azzule web applications will offer users a single location in which to access all of the food safety activities that your operation performs.  In addition, Azzule is happy to build apps to assist you in managing your third party data and/or connectors to help your current systems interface with the Azzule platform. Both allow you to house all of your data in the same convenient location. The PrimusLabs app will offer PrimusLabs clients the opportunity to view their lab results as well as their audits