NSF-GFTC, formerly known as the Guelph Food Technology Centre (GFTC), changed its name to NSF International, Ann Arbor, Mich. NSF International, a global leader in food safety and quality, acquired GFTC, a Canada-based food safety leader, in 2013, and renamed it NSF-GFTC.
Renaming the organization NSF International helps align all NSF services in Canada under the NSF umbrella, making it easier for clients to access additional services in food safety training, consulting, auditing and certification, as well as management systems (ISO) registrations.
The Canadian team provides services to 1,500 businesses, trains more than 7,000 food safety professionals globally and provides more than 110 training courses annually. To support this growth, NSF International also built a new state-of-the-art facility within the Ontario Food Cluster, what is said to be one of the largest food and beverage processing jurisdictions in North America.
The new 20,000-square-foot building also houses NSF’s innovative eLearning capabilities as well as food packaging, labeling and product and process development services.
“NSF International was so pleased to have merged with NSF-GFTC and its members three years ago, and our role has been to continue to fortify the Canadian market by investing in our staff and infrastructure for our clients,” says Kevan Lawlor, president and CEO of NSF International. “NSF International’s Canadian clients also have access to a growing global organization dedicated to food safety and quality to protect human health.”
“Canada is a global leader in food safety and quality, which is why NSF International continues to support the important role Canada has worldwide,” says Tom Chestnut, vice president, global food division, NSF International. “Renaming NSF-GFTC to NSF International is important, as our clients now have access to a wide variety of services that are available globally under the NSF umbrella.”
NSF International also acquired AgroExperts, a food safety organization in Montreal, Quebec, that specializes in consulting and training. AgroExperts will also be renamed NSF International.