March 2018

Canadian Cattlemen

The packer behind the pilot of a Canadian value chain for certified sustainable beef says its first three months are proof the model is scalable as well as functional.

The pilot’s first quarter “proved that a significant volume of beef can be successfully traced through a certified supply chain for the participating customers,” Gurneesh Bhandal, Cargill’s beef sustainability manager in Toronto, said in a company release Thursday.

“By adding more producers to the pilot, we can supply more customers with Canadian beef from sustainable sources.”

The project, dubbed the Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration (CBSA) pilot, was set up to test and validate the audit and traceability systems needed to meet the requirements of the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework laid out by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB).

The pilot project, which so far has taken in cattle from over 70 eligible producers, was able to “successfully” certify over 550,000 pounds of beef as per CRSB’s standards and supply chain guidelines, Cargill said.

For their first-quarter contributions, participating cattle ranchers received credit payments of $10 per head for “qualifying cattle that could be tracked through audited sustainable operations from farm to fork.”

The payments were funded by participating beef customers paying for meat delivered through an audited sustainable supply chain, Cargill said. Credit payments per head are expected to vary per quarter based on the total number of qualifying animals, participants’ beef demand and cattle weights.

BIXS, in its role as the clearing house for the pilot program, is expected to distribute the first round of credit payments to cattle producers by Monday (March 19), Cargill said.

To meet consumer demand and project goals, additional ranchers are needed to take part in the voluntary pilot program for the rest of the calendar year, the company said.

“We appreciate the enthusiasm we’ve seen and momentum that’s been generated in the first few months of the pilot,” Bhandal said, “and we are encouraged by the continued interest shown from additional cow-calf producers, feedlot operators and processing plants.”

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March 2018

Cargill

(Winnipeg, Canada) March 15, 2018 – The first three months of Cargill’s Canadian beef sustainability pilot project yielded encouraging results, proving the model works and demonstrating significant potential to scale the program to deliver a greater volume of certified sustainable beef to Canadian consumers. The pilot is currently encouraging additional ranchers to participate in the pilot for the remainder of 2018.

The pilot was launched to test and validate the audit and traceability systems necessary to meet the requirements of the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework established by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB). This framework, the first of its kind in the world, is a voluntary program that enables cattle producers and beef processors to demonstrate the sustainability of their operations while at the same time supporting the retail and food service industry in their sustainable beef sourcing efforts.

For contributions made during the first quarter of the pilot, participating cattle ranchers were rewarded $10-per-head for qualifying cattle that could be tracked through audited sustainable operations from farm to fork.

“We are encouraged by the pilot’s first quarter results. It proved that a significant volume of beef can be successfully traced through a certified supply chain for the participating customers,” said Gurneesh Bhandal, Cargill’s beef sustainability manager in Toronto. “By adding more producers to the pilot, we can supply more customers with Canadian beef from sustainable sources.”

First quarter results create momentum for remainder of 2018

During the first three months, the pilot tested and developed methodology for tracking eligible cattle through audited live animal supply chains. It also tested the methodology for tracking supply chain sustainability certifications from the beef carcass to finished products. By coupling live cattle and beef product traceability, Cargill’s Canadian customers can demonstrate the sustainability of their entire supply chain.

Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) – overseen by the Beef Cattle Research Council and operated with the assistance of provincial cattle organizations – is auditing cattle producers for sustainability during this pilot.

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December 2017

Food Safety News features Leann Saunders

Traceability discussed by Leann Saunders, COO and president of Where Food Comes From, a Denver based third-party agricultural and food verification company. featured in Food Safety News.  This article is the second of a four part series.

Traceability, it’s what’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner

GMO Free. Organic. Free Range. Grass-Fed. Gluten Free. Locally Grown. Cruelty Free. Product of this state. Product of that state – as grocery shoppers continually become more consciences of the products they drop into their carts, who is responsible for backing source claims made by food companies and retailers?

“At the retail level, we go throughout the store looking at products to verify and certify certain attributes,” said Leann Saunders, COO and president of Where Food Comes From, a Denver based third-party agricultural and food verification company.

“These attributes may be ingredients within a product, non-GMO compliance or verifying claims made on an egg carton for an animal welfare standard being practiced.”

According to Saunders, verifying and creating a traceability path to products and ingredients means things to different people, defined by, “how wide and deep are you going?”

“Traceability may be within their own operation and company, or it may trace back through the supply chain,” she said.

“When I think of traceability, I think of it being more farm to fork, with identify preservation of where a product is born or grown, traced through the supply chain.”

This detailed level of traceability, which can also track ingredient products within a single commodity is complex, with technology becoming an essential tool in collecting data throughout the supply chain.

“Electronic traceability not only removes human error, but is able to keep up with commerce,” said Saunders.

“But it is not cheap, and once you commit – you are committed for long-term as it can take years and a large amount of money to make changes.”

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March 2017

CSU Alum win Beef Quality Assurance Award

Where Food Comes From CEO & President featured in Colorado State University “Source” news for National Beef Quality Assurance win.

When the 2017 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and National Cattleman’s Beef Association Trade Show took place last month in Nashville, Colorado State University was well-represented with a number of faculty and staff from the Department of Animal Sciences as well as several CSU alumni attending the event. In fact, two CSU alumni took away major awards with Magnum Feedyard Co., LLC, owned by Steve Gabel (BS Animal Sciences ’78) receiving the 2017 National BQA Feedyard Award and IMI Global, owned by John and Leann Saunders (BS Agricultural Business ’92 and MAGR ‘94), received the 2017 National BQA Marketer Award.

A win for Colorado’s beef industry

“This is a win for Colorado’s beef industry,” said Libby Bigler, Colorado Beef Quality Assurance program coordinator. “Both IMI Global and Magnum Feedyard are great examples CSU alumni who are leaving their mark among Colorado cattle producers who have really embraced the BQA program. Both are excellent promoters of the BQA message not only to their fellow industry members but also to the consuming public.”

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February 2017

The Packer: Smarter Food System Provides Opportunity

Where Food Comes From CEO John Saunders and SureHarvest President Jeff Dlott discuss the value of an innovative food system and the opportunities that come with it.


December 2016

The Seaside Baker

Mountain States’ Where Food Comes From Source Verified lamb featured in a tasty recipe where source is indicated as an important aspect of quality.


August 2016

Canadian Cattlemen – The Beef Magazine

Feature on Cattleland Feedyard includes reference to Where Food Comes From’s work with the McDonald’s Verified Sustainable Beef program and the subsequent verification of Cattleland.


June 2016

The Western Producer

Where Food Comes From, Inc. President, Leann Saunders, quoted in a summary of the McDonald’s Verified Sustainable Beef Pilot in Canada.


June 2016

Calgary Herald

Where Food Comes From is recognized as the third-party verifier for the McDonald’s Verified Sustainable Beef pilot in Canada.


June 2016

McDonald’s Canada

The McDonald’s Verified Sustainable Beef Pilot project in Canada report is out, indicating 182 locations and 8,967 head of Canadian cattle were verified by Where Food Comes From, Inc. as a part of the process.


April 2016

New Mexico True Certified

New Mexico has launched a new initiative to promote food products produced in the state, and Where Food Comes From Source Verified customers automatically comply.


March 2016

Kathy Kaehler – Better Living Expert (Blog Post)

Kathy Kaehler, celebrity fitness trainer and blogger discusses her new found love for American lamb and the value of knowing where your food comes from in her latest blog post. Oh, and she gives Where Food Comes From some love, too!


March 2016

Food Business News

Jack Link’s buys snack division of Grass-Run Farms, a Where Food Comes From Source Verified product line.


November 2015

I am a Drover: Leann Saunders

Our President, Leann Saunders, is the subject of a Drovers feature profile on industry professionals.


November 2015

Drovers CattleNetwork

President, Leann Saunders, and two long-time IMI Global verification customers featured in Drovers article on opportunities in value-added beef programs.


November 2015

The Western Producer (November)

Where Food Comes From, Inc. measured as being “knowledgeable with reasonable expectations” by participants of the McDonald’s pilot project for Verified Sustainable Beef in Canada.


October 2015

The Western Producer

McDonalds publishes its criteria for the Verified Sustainable Beef pilot in Canada, a program exclusively verified by Where Food Comes From, Inc.


September 2015

Feed Navigator

The Feed Verified program is featured in an article about the need to streamline livestock feed and supplement selection for certification programs.


September 2015

MEAT + POULTRY

Feed Verified, the newest program offering in the Where Food Comes From, Inc. suite of services, is discussed in an editorial by meatpoultry.com.


August 2015

Business Wire

Creekstone Farms announces new Non-Gmo Project Verified beef product line, audited and verified by Where Food Comes From, Inc..


July 2015

La Junta Tribune

Where Food Comes From, Inc. President, Leann Saunders, featured in a discussion on the verification of sustainable beef production.


July 2015

Alberta Farmer Express

Where Food Comes From, Inc. highlighted in an update on the McDonald’s verified sustainable beef pilot project in Canada.


April 2015

San Antonio Express-News

Labatt Food Services’ Native American Beef brand, a feature Where Food Comes From Source Verified product, highlighted in San Antonio news article.


March 2015

edibleAspen Feature

Where Food Comes From, Inc. featured in the “Notable Edibles” section of the Spring 2015 edibleAspen Magazine, a member of the edible Communities family of magazines.


February 2015

Year of the Sheep

Mountain States Rosen rolls out new promotional campaign in conjunction with the 2015 Chinese New Year, the Year of the Sheep, featuring Where Food Comes From labeled Shepherd’s Pride Lamb.


February 2015

McDonald’s Verified Sustainable Beef

Where Food Comes From, Inc. mentioned in GreenBiz.com article featuring updates on the status of McDonald’s Verified Sustainable Beef initiative, including the involvement of Where Food Comes From’s verification expertise and services.


February 2015

Health Craze

Food marketing, truth and transparency define consumer demands, and the success of Where Food Comes From, Inc.


January 2015

Fox Business News

Where Food Comes From, Inc. featured in article highlighting thirteen companies demonstrating how the “foodie revolution” is impacting consumer goods.


January 2015

International Livestock Forum

Where Food Comes From, Inc. President, Leann Saunders, presents at first annual International Livestock Forum at Colorado State University.


January 2015

United States Meat Export Federation

Where Food Comes From, Inc. President, Leann Saunders, elected as Chair of United States Meat Export Federation Board. (video)


October 2014

Whole Foods

Where Food Comes From, Inc. beef customer featured in Whole Foods national media campaign


October 2014

National Geographic

National Geographic article features multiple IMI Global (A Where Food Comes From, Inc. Company) beef verification customers


August 2014

Labatt Food Services

Labatt Food Services features Where Food Comes From label in new Native American Beef video


August 2014

Grassfed Exchange Conference

Where Food Comes From beef verification customer recieves the “Producer Award” at the annual Grassfed Exchange Conference


May 2014

AkronOhioMoms.com

Shepards Pride Lamb, a Where Food Comes From licensee, featured in popular Ohio Mom’s Blog


April 2014

New York Times

A beef verification customer and supplier to the Where Food Comes From labeled New Mexico Source Verified Beef brand features in New York Times article


November 2013

PerishableNews.com

More Coverage of Where Food Comes From Labeling Expansion


November 2013

Supermarket News

Heinen’s Fine Foods Adds Where Food Comes From label to Shepherd’s Price Lamb


October 2013

Bellavitae Chef’s Blog

Four Daughters Land and Cattle Features New Mexico Source Verified


September 2013

The Crop Site

Senior Editor Sarah Mikesell Features Where Food Comes From


July 2013

Feedyard Foodie

Ann Burkholder Features IMI Global and Her Recent Progressive Beef Audit in Her Latest Blog.


July 2013

Superior Sunrise TV

Interview of Doug Stanton, Executive Vice President of Where Food Comes From.


June 2013

Restaurant Hospitality Magazine

“Best Burger in America – Where Food Comes From Audits World Renowned Wagyu Beef for M&R Cattle/Morgan Ranch partnership, which raises 2000 head of Wagyu/Angus calves annually for specialty markets worldwide.


June 2013

Trends – A Cattle-Fax Publication for Cow Calf Producers

Where Food Comes From President Leann Saunders Authors an Article: “The Value of Verified Production Claims”.


May 2013

Global Trade Magazine

“Wrangling America’s Carbon Footprint”
IMI Global at Forefront of Technological Advancements in Beef Production


April 2013

Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences Magazine

“Where’s the Beef?” – CSU Alum Leann Saunders and Where Food Comes From Featured


August 2012

Restaurant Hospitality Magazine

“Where’s the Beef (From)?”
World Famous Delmonico’s Steakhouse Adopts Where Food Comes From Program