GS1 to Examine “Traceability in a Perfect World” at GFSI Conference 2020

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Panel Discussion Will Feature Industry Leaders From Golden State Foods, Retail Business Services, LLC, an Ahold Delhaize USA company, and The Wendy’s Company.

GS1 will host a panel discussion titled “Traceability in a Perfect World” at GFSI Conference 2020, the annual meeting of the Global Food Safety Initiative that draws more than 1,200 food industry leaders from 50+ countries. The session will feature experts on food traceability representing the retail grocery and foodservice communities.

WHO: Moderator: Siobhan O’Bara, senior vice president, community engagement, GS1 US
Panelist: Larry Kohl, vice president quality assurance, Retail Business Services, LLC, an Ahold Delhaize USA company
Panelist: Jorge Hernandez, vice president quality assurance, The Wendy’s Company
Panelist: Bob Wolpert, chief strategy and information officer, Golden State Foods

WHAT: During the breakfast session panelists will discuss an ideal future where whole-chain traceability programs are the norm and all fresh food recalls are conducted with speed and precision. This session will examine obstacles that prevent the food supply chain from optimizing visibility today, and how new technology like blockchain can enhance traceability and recall response time. Speakers will share their experiences using GS1 Standards to enhance supply chain visibility and better meet the needs of today’s consumers.

WHEN: Friday, February 28, 2020 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. PST

WHERE: The Hyatt Regency Bellevue
900 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Today’s retail grocery and foodservice industries are working to create a more agile and modern supply chain designed to respond to growing consumer demands for rich product information, increased transparency, as well as faster and more precise food recalls. GS1 US leads two industry initiatives—The GS1 US Retail Grocery Initiative and the Foodservice GS1 US Standards Initiative—to help address these challenges. By leveraging the power of GS1 Standards, trading partners are achieving business process efficiencies, creating end-to-end supply chain visibility and improving food safety for consumers.

For more information about how GS1 Standards support improved food traceability, please visit

About GS1 US: GS1 US®, a member of GS1 global, is a not-for-profit information standards organization that facilitates industry collaboration to help improve supply chain visibility and efficiency through the use of GS1 Standards, the most widely used supply chain standards system in the world. Nearly 300,000 businesses in 25 industries rely on GS1 US for trading partner collaboration that optimizes their supply chains, drives cost performance and revenue growth while also enabling regulatory compliance. They achieve these benefits through solutions based on GS1 global unique numbering and identification systems, barcodes, Electronic Product Code (EPC®)-based RFID, data synchronization and electronic information exchange. GS1 US also manages the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code® (UNSPSC®). For more information, please visit

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