Carey Allen Joins SQFI as Vice President, Business Development & Strategy to Expand Food Safety Certification Program

ARLINGTON - FMI – The Food Industry Association today announces the appointment of Carey Allen to lead the business development efforts for the expanding food safety certification program, SQF. Allen, a long-time food safety professional, fills a vital role by building SQF program awareness and focusing on its expansion to further bolster consumer and retailer food safety expectations.

Allen’s appointment comes at a time when food operators worldwide are streamlining their processes and growing their businesses with SQF certification. Allen will work closely with the SQF Community stakeholders and support the growing SQF services designed to meet industry, customer, and regulatory requirements for all sectors of the food supply chain.

Carey AllenFMI Chief Food Safety Assessment Officer & Senior Vice President, Gigi Vita, commented on Allen’s 20 years’ experience bringing value to supply chain partners and consumers, saying, “Our investment in the SQFI team comes at an exciting time when there are more than 11,000 SQF certified sites in more than 40 countries and six continents. Carey’s strong background in food quality, manufacturing and product development complements our brand reputation in the food industry.  Adding her experience and expertise to the SQFI team is the right investment to support the tremendous SQF growth.”

Vita continued, “Carey joins the largest GFSI-recognized Certified Program Owner (CPO) in North America, and will assist retailers, foodservice and manufacturing companies to solidify their compliance with international and domestic food safety regulations to the highest possible standards, at all levels of the supply chain.”

Most recently, Allen served as vice president of the food and agriculture division at SCS Global Services where she led the growth and expansion of the food safety, product claims, social compliance, and sustainable agriculture businesses by increasing market presence and advancing business capabilities through information technology and organizational design.

Previously, Allen led global product certification and supply chain food safety at NSF International, working with the global operating teams to increase efficiencies of scale and supporting technical leadership in regional markets.

Allen has a strong background in food manufacturing quality and product development, having worked for many years with leading brands, including Gorton’s Seafood and Kraft-Oscar Mayer Foods. 

Allen graduated from three land grant universities; having earned her B.S. in Food Science from the University of Idaho, a master’s degree in Food Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Master’s in Management, Strategy and Leadership from Michigan State University.

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