Our Purpose

 

To Protect – To Educate 

How do we protect the health and lives of the food consuming public. With increasing frequency we are witnessing devastating food bacterial contamination events in the United States and throughout the world. 

The bottom line is that with all the modern processing and monitoring equipment, it still boils down to the human factor.  If people are not properly trained to deal with this constant threat, then we will continue to see more and more tragic events take place in the future. 

There are very good guidelines and programs to help with this problem. Unfortunately many small to medium sized processing, manufacturing, packaging and distribution companies do not have the formal internal structure to ensure that well intentioned safe food programs are actually being executed properly on a daily basis. 

Often understaffed, companies will ask experienced staff members to assume many roles including that of “quality assurance” and/or “safety officer”.  These dedicated employees often find themselves overwhelmed with all that must be considered and monitored to ensure product quality and safety.  Despite several support groups, these companies simply never get around to reaching out for assistance when they are overmatched by the challenges of meeting state and federal food safety regulations.   

This is where SmithConnen can help.  We don't wait for companies to reach out in the eleventh hour for help.  We reach in.  We are able to bring the knowledge, experience and skills usually available only to large corporations with massive budgets, to these hard working small to medium sized business owners. 

Through face to face meetings with ownership and product safety personnel, we are able to develop an effective strategy to ensure the maintenance of food safety practices mandated by regulatory agencies and the general public. 

 

What Our Customers Are Saying

 

Vito Girardi, President - Gioia Cheese Company, Inc 

"I want to thank the people at SmithConnen for their assistance in strengthening Gioia's food safety program. They reviewed our previous HACCP plan and after finding serious omissions and inaccuracies, presented management with a new, comprehensive, up to date and easy to understand HACCP plan that helps ensure Gioia Cheese Company's compliance with local, state, and federal food safety regulations." 

"I welcome them as part of our team and look forward to an ongoing relationship as our company continues to grow, providing our customers with the highest quality products available." 

Ray Broguiere, President - Broguiere's Farm Fresh Dairy 

"We want you to know how pleased we are with the service you provided us. The upgrading of our HACCP program has been outstanding. We also appreciate you taking care of our Egg Nog formulation for us.  Your company's knowledge and expertise in both the food and commercial insurance industry has been valuable to us."

"We are pleased to maintain a working relationship with you. It has been a great benefit to our company." 

 

 

Maria de Lourdes "Lulu" Sobrino, Founder & CEO, Lulu's Dessert Corporation

"I want to thank SmithConnen for their invaluable assistance in helping our company improve its food safety program, production efficiency, and logistics planning. This unique multifaceted company, with its exceptional experience in food quality assurance, risk management and business insurance, has proven to be an important resource for Lulu's Dessert." 

"Frank Smith and Rene Connen worked closely with us in looking at options for future production and growth plans that utilize our resources more effectively and identifies new ways to grow our brand; all while helping us maintain our high food quality and safety standards. Beyond the role of advisors or coaches, they've become a part of our team, working tirelessly to ensure our success." 

"I highly recommend SmithConnen as a valued resource and partner. Their comprehensive approach to identifying and solving real or potential problems, plus their ability to educate and train our staff, has significantly improved Lulu's ability to raise the bar in virtually every aspect of its operations."