19 December 2018

The Dutch Royal FrieslandCampina N.V., a global dairy company, acquires the activities of Best Cheese Corporation USA., importer and vendor of specialty cheeses in the United States. Together with the acquisition of Jana Foods, announced earlier this month, this agreement will further strengthen FrieslandCampina's position on the American consumer market.

Headquartered in New York’s Westchester County, Best Cheese Corporation is an importer and vendor of fine quality specialty cheeses including well-known brands as Parrano, Robusto, Melkbus and different Gouda styles made from cow, goat or sheep milk.

Roel van Neerbos, President FrieslandCampina Consumer Dairy: “As a part of our transformative strategy, we continue to focus on delivering the best product to serve consumer’s needs. The Americas is a strategic growth market for us. By acquiring Best Cheese and Jana Foods we will be able to grow our cheese business in the region further.”

Willem Jan Rote, former owner Best Cheese says: “The combination of Best Cheese’s USA position as an established specialty cheese vendor and the strength of FrieslandCampina as the leading supplier of Dutch Cheese, will take the success of our brands Parrano, Robusto and Melkbus to the next level.”

Best Cheese will be fully integrated into the FrieslandCampina Consumer Dairy U.S.A.-business. The former shareholders of Best Cheese, amongst other the Dutch Investment Company Antea, will not continue to be involved with the business. In August, FrieslandCampina announced the acquisition of the activities of Best Cheese Holland, which is now part of FrieslandCampina. Financial details about this transaction will not be disclosed.


December 17, 2018 – Ottawa, ON

Food business owners across Canada can now apply for a licence under the new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations by accessing the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s online portal, My CFIAThese regulations will protect Canadian families by making the food system even safer by focusing on prevention and allowing for faster removal of unsafe food from the marketplace.

Food business owners are encouraged to apply for a licence now in order to be ready when the regulations come into force on January 15. 2019. A Safe Food for Canadians licence costs $250. The licence will be valid for two years.

Depending on the food commodity, type of activity, associated risks and business size, compliance with some requirements will be necessary immediately on January 15, 2019 while others will be phased in over the following 12-30 months.

Business owners are encouraged to consult the sector-specific timelines on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website to determine if and when new requirements apply to them.

Businesses that export food products as of January 15, 2019 will now need a licence if they need to obtain either an export certificate or certificate of free sale.

The United States has recently made it a requirement for all Canadian businesses that ship food to the U.S. to meet their new food safety standards. The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations will permit Canadian food businesses to acquire a licence that demonstrates that they meet the requirements under the U.S. Foreign Supplier Verification Program so that they can continue trading with the U.S.

If a business currently has a registration or licence with the CFIA, that registration or licence will remain valid under the SFCR until it expires, even if the date of expiry of the renewed registration or licence occurs after January 15, 2019 (provided there is a statement on it indicating that it is also a licence under the Safe Food for Canadians Act). Once expired, the business will be required to apply for a Safe Food for Canadians licence.

The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations will improve and strengthen Canada’s food safety system, enable industry to innovate, and create greater market access opportunities for Canadian food products exported abroad.


14 December 2018, Paris and Washington – The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is delighted to welcome Rishi Banerjee as GFSI Senior Manager for the US and Canada. This represents a significant step in GFSI's ongoing strategy to further implementation at a regional level while advancing harmonisation at the global level. Meanwhile, the opening of this senior position dedicated to GFSI’s efforts in North America is a strong signal of the region’s importance in the advancement of food safety globally.

GFSI is powered by The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), a global industry network working with its 400+ member companies to support Better Lives Through Better Business. Rishi will join the CGF’s Washington D.C. office, a base to further GFSI’s partnershipswith both with regulators and food safety leaders from across the country.

Rishi Banjeree“With the US/Canada region being so critical, I am truly excited about the potential for growth,” says Rishi. “I’m looking forward to building on the existing relationships we have with stakeholders and forging new ones. As new Senior Manager, I’m excited to be the go-to person for the region, improving on operational efficiency.”

Rishi is a well-known figure in the food and regulatory space, joining GFSI as an experienced government affairs and policy professional based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He has a proven track record of fostering public-private partnerships, while his background in microbiology, food industry and regulatory agencies has allowed him to support advocacy initiatives relating to food safety, nutrition and environmental regulations.

Prior to joining the CGF, Rishi served as Consulting Manager at Savan Group, a premier management consulting firm, where he worked with numerous federal agencies to advise their rulemaking activities. He has held both technical and policy positions at FiscalNote, the American Frozen Food Institute and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The Global Food Safety Initiative brings together key actors of the food industry to collaboratively drive continuous improvement in food safety management systems around the world with a vision of safe food for consumers everywhere. The GFSI community works on a volunteer basis and is composed of the world's leading food safety experts from retail, manufacturing and food service companies, as well as international organisations, governments, academia and service providers to the global food industry.


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