FoodChain IDFoodChain ID Acquires Viaware
Deerfield, Ill., January 4, 2021 – FoodChain ID, a market-leading provider of technology-enabled food safety, quality, and sustainability solutions, today announced that it has acquired Viaware, a leading cloud-based food contact risk assessment and integrated supply chain compliance solutions provider. FoodChain ID is a portfolio company of Berkshire Partners.
Founded in 2013, with headquarters in The Netherlands, Viaware’s primary product is FOCOS® a cloud-based risk and compliance management system that supports the food contact material supply chain. FOCOS enables food companies to manage packaging products and raw materials compliance, create customized Declarations of Compliance (DoCs), manage supporting documentation, and communicate with suppliers and customers in a single application. FOCOS integrates with ERP and PLM systems.
Brad Riemenapp, Chief Executive Officer of FoodChain ID said, “Viaware, with its focus on food packaging safety, is a strong strategic fit with FoodChain ID, expanding our technology-enabled services while strengthening our customer base and building on our global profile. With Viaware, we are adding scale to our business in the food safety sector, while expanding our targeted portfolio through complementary technology-enabled supply chain compliance and consulting services. We are confident the Viaware team will further enhance our growing customer demand for services to market safe and healthy foods globally.”
FoodChain ID will combine Viaware’s FOCOS software with its gComply, gComply Plus, Supply Chain Management and Praedexi/Horizon Scanning solutions with a focus on Food Contact Regulatory Compliance, Safety and Risk Management. The combination of services will allow businesses to better understand consumer, legal and customer requirements, analyze complex regulations, collect supplier evidence to demonstrate compliance, expedite data collection and analysis, manage change, and simplify supplied product compliance risk management.
Dr. Mitchell Cheeseman, FDA Practice Director of FoodChain ID, and former official with the US FDA human foods program, said: “I am very excited with our strategic expansion which aligns with my lifelong passion for food safety. We continue to develop technology and knowledge to support GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) assessments necessary to establish compliance and market entry for food contact materials – both globally and here in the U.S.”
Dr. Kris Callaert, Technical Director of Viaware said, “Since our founding, we’ve strived to enhance technology-enabled risk assessment of customer food packaging materials. By joining FoodChain ID, we will be able to better serve our customers with global regulatory coverage, enhanced insights, further integrated solutions, and a broader product portfolio. We are looking forward to expanding technology solutions for our customers.”
Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, FoodChain ID has a global presence and provides technology-enabled food safety, quality and sustainability solutions that address challenges and opportunities in the rapidly evolving food industry. Serving more than 30,000 customers in over 100 countries with a market-leading portfolio of testing, inspection, certification, and compliance solutions, FoodChain ID helps companies navigate the increasingly regulated global food economy with greater levels of transparency, accountability, safety and sustainability. Founded as a pioneer of the GMO food identification industry, the company’s services now include clean label, food safety, and sustainability claims; food safety certifications; regulatory compliance solutions; and testing.
Viaware was founded in 2013 as a joint venture of a food contact expert and an IT company. A combination of broad knowledge of Food Contact Safety, legislation and IT resulted in FOCOS®, a web-based tool that supports risk assessment of food contact materials and communication in the Food Contact Material supply chain.