Russell Associates to Participate in the Upcoming Food and Beverage Environmental Conference

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Russell Associates’ Jerry Van Oort to co-present at the conference to be held March 25-27, 2014 in Napa, California.

The 44th Annual Food and Beverage Environmental Conference (FBEC) is to be held March 25-27, 2014 in Napa, California. The conference is managed and sponsored by the American Frozen Food Institute and is attended by senior environmental managers from food and beverage companies. The conference will feature 13 technical sessions with topics ranging from water reuse, supply change challenges to regulatory drivers in the food and beverage industry. It will also feature three “poster sessions” or opportunities for presenters and attendees to converse and interact while discussing real food industry problems and results.

Jerry Van Oort CEO and President of intRAtrain™ and inspectiTRAC™ by Russell Associates will be in attendance and will co-present a session entitled “Can you Help Me?” The session will focus on how modernizing and leveraging the inspection process to comply with bulk oil storage inspections required under the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures regulations is beneficial. The information presented about modernizing and automating the inspection process is as relevant to any food and beverage as it is the bulk storage tanks presented during the session.

Van Oort will also be presenting as part of the conferences poster session. He will present how Russell Associates has helped a Minnesota food manufacturing location reduce and virtually eliminate their paper-based inspections by utilizing a software suite designed to automate the inspection process. The system provides graphical layouts of the facility and icons for the inspection items to be completed. Once completed, the data is uploaded to the system’s cloud-based management software or can be exported to a spreadsheet for further data reporting. The use of the system has significantly reduced the data collection and transfer time and reduced the lead time for data availability and provides immediate access to data by all stakeholders.

Van Oort commented, “I am excited to have the opportunity to present how our product has helped this location. At this specific plant, they have found that implementation of inspectiTRAC™ has reduced their labor costs by 70 to 80 percent. They are seeing a return of investment in a few months rather than years, as with many other capital investments. It is remarkable. The ease of data accessibility allowing for tracking data related to deficient and out-of-compliance equipment and identification of safety hazards is also very critical. Food and Beverage companies are always looking for ways to improve their responsiveness to concerns and this product encourages a quicker turn-around time.”

Registration for the event is still open and available at For more information about intRAtrain® and inspectiTRAC™ by Russell Associates visit their websites at and

About Russell Associates
Russell Associates is a training, testing, inspections and management systems company that works alongside clients to develop tools that effectively and efficiently do business better. The use of Russell Associates’ brands, intRAtrain™ and inspectiTRAC™, results in exceptionally trained employees; improved training, testing, and inspection processes; greater efficiencies, reduced risk and lower costs.

About Food Industry Environmental Council
FIEC is a coalition of more than 50 food processors and food trade associations that together represent more than 15,000 facilities across the nation, contribute hundreds of billions of dollars in sales to the economy and employ approximately 1.5 million people. The Council has been formed to support sound, effective environmental policies, and serve as an educational and information resource to provide Congress, the Executive Branch, and consumers with important information regarding the processes used in the manufacture and delivery of food and the affect that various environmental legislative and regulatory proposals would have on the continued safety and availability of the nation’s food supply.

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