Group Food Safety Manager - THE SPAR GROUP LTD
As Group Food Safety Manager for The SPAR Group Ltd, I am responsible for managing food safety throughout the SPAR supply chain of South Africa. This includes setting targets for levels of Food Safety for the Distribution Centers and Warehouses, while ensuring that all regulation compliance has been met in the food safety audits. I have been tasked with informing the Distribution Centers of any risks and suggesting solutions to drive Food Safety Culture, which is a growing concern amongst consumers around the world. The SPAR Brand and DC & Dropshipment suppliers have a SPAR minimum standard of Food Safety Certification that needs to be met and monitored closely. Further to this, I work closely with the SPAR Regional Operations teams who support the SPAR Retailer’s throughout their Food Safety journey.
My success is measured by the successful implementation of the SPAR Group Strategy, meeting a variety of daily and monthly targets and deliverables, as well as various quarterly audits with SPAR retailers and bi-annually at the SPAR distribution centres.
Chloe Karstadt is the Sustainability Specialist for The SPAR Group. As part of The SPAR Group’s Sustainability team, Chloe works on increasing the Group’s resilience to climate change, sustainable product procurement and reducing food waste. Chloe received her Honours Degree in Environmental Economics from Rhodes University. Chloe is passionate about creating a future where people are put before profit. She believes that to achieve this, we need to challenge outdated business models and advocate for more sustainable business practices that will both minimize environmental degradation and reduce inequality.
Devin currently serves as the Group Packaging Manager and is responsible for the SPAR Group’s Packaging Strategy. Having been involved in the packaging field for 20 years, he is passionate about Circular Economic Systems and inspiring change. Devin is fuelled by collaborating with partners in developing Circular Systems where materials never become waste and create economic activity in our communities.
Devin is a father of 3 amazing children and spends his spare time trail running in nature, socialising with friends and family, reading inspirational books, days at the dam water skiing in the summer and cool winters evening around the fire with a glass of wine.
Reshma’s passion for food retail has steered her in the role of regional Food Safety Ambassador for several years. Fostering a positive food safety culture remains the portfolio’s key focus area. This has also seen her represent SPAR EC on the Food Safety & Quality Advisory Group (FSQAG) of the NMBM.
With over 20 years of FMCG and food retail experience, Malibongwe is the newest member of the SPAR EC food safety team. An avid learner, Malibongwe has already contributed towards driving food safety culture within the region in his role as Food Safety Ambassador.
Alan is a familiar face within the Eastern Cape philanthropic circles. He has led SPAR’s engagement with numerous social issues over his career as sponsorships manager. Most recently, his involvement in the “STOP Plastic” project has had a long-lasting impact in creating awareness around single use plastics.
A qualified chef with vast retail experience, Jonathan has a keen interest in offering his customers the best in fresh foods. Food safety is inherently a priority for this retailer who, with the McGlashan family, has grown their portfolio of stores into a group of three stores over the last 25 years.
Lesley is one half of the husband and wife team who joined SPAR Eastern Cape 6 years ago. Lesley has a heartfelt link to the community in which the group’s three stores operate. She has been actively involved in numerous community projects over her time at SPAR. Curbing pollution and recycling are close to this retailer’s heart. This has seen her involvement in an impactful community sustainability initiative in Port Alfred.
Peter is a prominent member of SPAR Eastern Cape who has represented his peers on various retailer platforms over his 25 year membership with SPAR. Peter is closely involved with food safety at his store and has sustained only the most exemplary food safety standards within his business.
Managing Director of NSF International
Wouter Conradie is currently the Director of Supply Chain Food Safety for the EU, Europe, Middle East, and Africa region at NSF International. His academic background includes an MBA and post-graduate qualifications in Agriculture from the University of Pretoria. After growing up farming, his career included 8 years of subtropical fruit farming and research, 3 years of international trading in fruit and vegetables between South Africa and UK, 7 years at a local food retailer as fresh produce technical manager and the past 14 years he was the Managing Director of the Africa business for NSF International. NSF’s Africa business includes development of food safety standards, auditing against variouis global food safety standards, testing, certification, training, and technical services.
Managing Director of Entecom
I have a B.Sc. Degree in Nature Sciences from the University of Stellenbosch and have worked in the food industry for 15 years in product development, quality systems and production management before starting Entecom, a food safety consultancy and training company, in 2005. Since then, we have franchised the business and Entecom now has 9 franchises operating across the country and one in Botswana. In 2013, I partnered with a veterinarian to start a food testing laboratory in Port Elizabeth, called Food Chain Laboratories. The laboratory achieved ISO 17025 accreditation and DAFF approval and was recently sold to Deltamune Laboratories (Pty) Ltd.
As Entecom has evolved over the years we are constantly exploring new ways of making more meaningful contributions to the local food industry.
I see myself as a creative thinker, business builder and a catalyst for change.
Tatjana von Bormann is the senior manager of the Policy and Futures Unit at WWF South Africa. The multidisciplinary team she leads focuses on some of the key challenges at the intersection of society and the environment, among them energy provision, food security and sustainable urban settlements. Her research expertise is in the area of food systems particularly around life cycle analysis, consumption and markets. Increasingly this includes enquiry into the implications of a shift in dietary patterns and the challenge of nourishing a growing population. Through her work with the retailer Woolworths she leads a partnership that has received global recognition (it was voted runner up in the Best NGO Business Partnership at the Responsible Business Award in London in 2016). Tatjana also serves as a member of a WWF international leadership team focusing on markets and innovation. Her international responsibilities with WWF include leading global collective action in innovation in business models and technology, among them the circular economy and blockchains. This international team informs WWF thinking and responses to marine plastic pollution and other environmental challenges.
Rolf resides in Cape Town South Africa. He holds a BSc. Honours degree from UOFS and a MSc. Food Science degree from the University of Stellenbosch. His Masters thesis was on implementing HACCP for the seafood industry. He has lead auditor qualifications for most of the major food safety accreditation schemes. He joins ENTECOM after being Manager, Africa, Middle East and Europe at AIB international. This included food safety auditing and training in more than 60 countries over a 15 year period. During this time he has gained a great deal of expertise in the finer points of food safety including interpretations of HACCP, Allergen Management, Hygienic Design, Integrated Pest Management, Microbiological Monitoring, Traceability, Food Defence and Forensic Inspections. He also has a keen interest in the softer skills of food safety namely understanding root cause analysis, motivation of personnel and integrating systems to actually make food safety work.