30 Fastest Growing Companies of the Year 2016

Proactively Managing Food Safety & Quality Assurance: SafetyChain Software, Inc.


“Headquartered in San Rafael, CA, USA, SafetyChain Software’s mission is to help providers of consumable goods enforce – in real time – all safety & quality requirements at every point along their supply chain via innovative Safety Chain Management technologies.”

With the advent of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), fast-growing adoption of Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standards and heightened public awareness of food safety and quality issues, the complexities and pressures of the food and beverage industry continues to grow at a rapid pace. As a result, many ‘point or silo solutions’ have cropped up in the marketplace to help companies address challenges related to specific components of their food safety and quality management programs such as document management or audit forms. SafetyChain’s food safety and quality operating system takes a more holistic approach, providing the industry a comprehensive solution with the critical tools needed to more effectively and efficiently manage program execution along with online, centralized food safety and quality operational data to facilitate ongoing continuous improvement.
Recognizing the growing global concern around the safety and quality of consumable goods, SafetyChain Software was founded to fill critical gaps in the management and enforcement of food safety and quality assurance (FSQA) standards. To support SafetyChain’s mission is to improve the safety and quality of global food supplies, they leverage emerging technologies to increase the speed and efficiency that food safety and quality data is collected, evaluated, and responded to – in the field, at the receiving docs, on the factory floor or in retail and food service environments. SafetyChain utilizes cloud computing for global access and scale, IoT for automated data collection, big data for high volume evaluation, and mobile for on the spot access and response to actionable intelligence.

SafetyChain’s Cloud-Based Food Solutions
SafetyChain Software’s cloud-based food safety and quality operating system and mobile apps help companies improve food safety and quality assurance (FSQA). SafetyChain’s comprehensive solution delivers the critical tools, operational efficiencies and visibility across the FSQA operations – Supplier Compliance, Food Safety & Quality Program Management, Compliance and Audit Management – enabling companies to:

  • Ensure program compliance with automated program workflows and documentation
  • Mitigate risk by identifying and managing issues faster with proactive, program management
  • Be ready 24/7 to respond to audits and inquiries with centralized data, record repository
  • Real-time FSQA operational data for ongoing, continuous improvement

SafetyChain’s solutions designed specifically for the food industry deliver hard-dollar ROI and are used globally by leading companies in all food industry verticals, including suppliers/growers, manufacturers, distributors and food service / retail.

Customer Base
The company’s sole focus is helping the food industry. SafetyChain’s scalable food safety and quality operating system meets the needs of all small, medium to multi-billion-dollar international food and beverage enterprises and is leveraged by companies throughout the supply chain. A sampling of its customers include: Jack Links, Atkins Nutritionals, Wawa Food Stores, Stephen Roberts Original Desserts, UniSea, McLaneClif Bar, etc.

Customer Testimonials
“We leverage SafetyChain’s first-in-class technology to get food quality information to the right people in the fastest manner possible.” – Charlie Everette, Produce Quality Control Leader, Plain Jane

“SafetyChain has been a great partner in helping us streamline and improve our food safety and quality programs.” – Roger Becker, VP Quality & Safety, Fresh Venture Foods

Case Study

Ipswich Shellfish Company
The team at Ipswich was looking for a software vendor and solution that would meet all of its automation requirements. After looking at a variety of solutions on the market, Ipswich selected SafetyChain as its automation partner. “We felt that SafetyChain not only had all of the solution components that we required for a comprehensive solution, they also had the expertise we needed to re-think dated manual processes and truly leverage the technology to its maximum,” said Bob Butcher, Group Operations Manager. The Ipswich team worked closely with its SafetyChain implementation project manager to migrate manual processes to automated workflows which resulted in successful results. “All in all, I guess you could say that when it comes to our food safety and quality automation project with SafetyChain, we’re as happy as a … well you know!” concluded Butcher.

Future Road Map
For the future, SafetyChain’s focus is to continue to deepen and broaden its solution for food companies.

Knowing the Key Executives

Walter Smith, CEO
Walter “Wally” Smith has an extensive history of turning start-up Software-as-a-Service ventures into industry leaders – bringing strong value to customers and strong returns to investors. Prior to founding SafetyChain, Smith was the President and CEO of Enwisen, which he led to become the recognized leader of SaaS-based HR Service Delivery solutions. He also served as the CEO of AOS and Advanced Analog, as well as other successful technology innovators. With a strong focus on customer success and retention, Smith is not only focused on positive returns for investors, but most important, on high return on investment for customers – and on building a strong company that can partner with customers to meet their evolving business needs over time.

Barry Maxon, President
Barry brings over 25 years software and consulting management experience to his role as President of SafetyChain. As Co-Founder and President of SafetyChain, Barry is focused on continuous alignment of company goals, operations and product development to manage ongoing innovation and customer success. Prior to serving as President, Barry oversaw SafetyChain’s sales and consulting teams as SVP of Sales, driving the fast-growth and adoption of SafetyChain’s technologies in the marketplace. Barry has built successful sales and solutions consulting teams for companies such as Enwisen, where he led the sales efforts at Kelloggs, ConAgra, Hershey’s, Abbott Labs and 100s of other organizations. Barry has also previously served as a management consultant at AT Kearney and as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

“We offer an affordable, cloud-based solution with hard-dollar ROI, used globally by leading companies across all food industry sectors.”

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