Why fiin exists

In June 2013, Professor Christopher Elliott, Director of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast, was asked by the Secretaries of State for Health and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to conduct a review into the integrity and assurance of food supply networks.

The Food Industry Intelligence Network (fiin) was established in 2015 by industry technical leaders, in response to the recommendation of the ‘Elliott report’, for industry to create a ‘safe haven’ to collect, collate, analyse and disseminate information and intelligence to protect the interests of the consumer.

fiin enables a collaborative and targeted approach to supply chain assurance.

Integrity
Authenticity
Traceability

Who we are

fiin was established by a group of 21 industry technical leaders, who represent a cross-section of the food industry from retail, to manufacture and food service. Since inception, fiin’s membership has been opened up to the wider industry and we continue to grow.

In 2017, the fiin Technical Steering Group (TSG) was established as a group of members who use their cross-category expertise, to drive the network forward.

How we work

fiin’s success hinges on the data provided by our members. On a quarterly basis, members submit data relating to raw material or ingredient testing, including both analytical and/ or supply chain traceability, into the fiin via legal host, Campden BRI. This data is then anonymised and consolidated, and a report is produced using the combined data.

Governance of the network is in place via a governing board of member companies and Eversheds Sutherland LLP law firm.

Data
Data submission
fiin members submit information on a quarterly basis to an independent law firm, who anonymises the data
Reporting
Independent analysis
The data is combined, and a report generated, which is reviewed by the TSG and the Institute for Global Food Security at Queens University Belfast
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Reporting
Reports are generated on a quarterly basis and circulated to members that have contributed data
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