NSF-GFTC (formerly known as the Guelph Food Technology Centre or GFTC) has officially changed its name to NSF International and has built a new state-of-the-art facility within the Ontario Food Cluster, one of the largest food and beverage processing jurisdictions in North America.
NSF International, a global leader in food safety and quality, had acquired GFTC in 2013, and at the time renamed it NSF-GFTC. According to a press release from the organization, renaming itself NSF International now will help 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. Canada is currently a key market for NSF International, with the Canadian team providing services to 1,500 businesses, training more than 7,000 food safety professionals globally, and providing more than 110 training courses annually.
The new facility’s grand opening was held September 9, 2016 near the University of Guelph campus in Guelph, Ont. The new 20,000-sq.-ft. building houses NSF’s innovative eLearning capabilities as well as food packaging, labelling, 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,” adds 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.”