THE CHALLENGE


As a label supplier to many national and private label food companies and more; Fort Dearborn Company recognized and required that operational compliance to product safety standards is on-going. Many of their facilities were already ISO 9000 
Certified however; the company wanted to enhance their quality program and each facility’s specific HACCP program for Certification under one of the GFSI Benchmarked Schemes as a food chain supplier.

THE RESULT
There were some challenges along the way but through consistent efforts Fort Dearborn Company has achieved Certification to BRC Global Standard for Packaging at 11 facilities across US and Canada.


THIS IS TRULY CREDITED TO A CONSOLIDATED EFFORT FROM ALL LEVELS AND ASSOCIATES THROUGHOUT THE COMPANY.

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"..I credit Joan's teaching style and knowledge as getting the required buy-in from departments other than just quality for the HACCP program implementation."  


C. Rhodes, Corporate Quality Assurance Manager, Fort Dearborn Company

THE ACTION


Fort Dearborn already had well-established practices that aligned with product food safety requirements, they just needed to spotlight this.

The approach was to leverage the skills, systems and processes in place and develop a strong HACCP Program to be incorporated into their unified Quality Management System at all the plants. Through the training sessions, we had representation from all of the functional departments and focused on how their roles in the business complimented the overall success of the program. The outcome established a blueprint for quality and product safety compliance at all plants.

Fort Dearborn Company  is a leading supplier of high-impact decorative cut & stack, pressure sensitive, roll-fed and shrink sleeve labels for the beverage, food, household products, paint and coatings, personal care, private label/retail and spirits markets. Headquartered in Illinois, the company has twelve operating divisions in North America, employing approximately 1,400 associates. 



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Maintaining high-quality standards and achieving global recognition is FDC’s commitment to continuous improvement and serving their customers.

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