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Provision introduces a streamlined digital solution for CanadaGAP as part of a new partnership.

May 08, 2022
Calgary, Canada

Provision today announces a new partnership with CanadaGAP, following a successful review of the software’s logic and contents for food safety in fresh fruits and vegetables.

The partnership will allow use of CanadaGAP Food Safety Manuals within Provision software at no additional cost to growers and packers. Small operations are able to access the software for a subscription price starting at $95 per month.

Provision now serves as an alternative to paper, PDF, and fillable options in Word (available in Quebec) for the CanadaGAP Food Safety Manuals, which remain available for use in those other formats.

Since its inception in 2008, CanadaGAP has been adopted by more than 3,000 companies that produce, handle, and broker fresh fruit and vegetables. The Food Safety Manuals enable participants to meet international food safety requirements without procuring costly services to develop customized compliance programs.

Already, roughly one in seven CanadaGAP participants have signed agreements to use Provision software – a number the company says is rapidly growing. This includes significant operations such as BC Tree Fruits, which holds the largest market share for apples and cherries in British Columbia.

Provision’s features enhance the CanadaGAP Food Safety Manuals to reduce time, cost, and risk in compliance.

Using Provision, growers and packers get reminders to complete food safety and quality assurance tasks, with alerts that prevent missed records. Requirements from the manuals are hidden and revealed based on prior answers, preventing frustration in otherwise lengthy documentation of procedures. Smart rules detect process non-conformities as they occur. This helps growers and packers to be ready for an unannounced audit at any time. And with customizable reports that automatically summarize records, food safety audits can be completed faster.

These advantages have led to the widespread adoption of Provision since its inception in 2018. Its food safety software is currently used for more than half of the refrigerated food shipped in Canada.

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The food industry needs a food safety tool that is faster than paper. We’ve focused on creating an approachable and intuitive solution that is more usable for operators who need to spend their time actually operating.

Erik Westblom

Co-Founder & CEO, Provision Analytics

This sentiment is echoed by Provision customers, and CanadaGAP itself.

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We chose Provision because the software is more farmer-friendly and easier to use than other programs we have looked at. It helps with compliance and reduces the amount of time spent filling out all the required food safety forms.

Beth Pattillo

Owner, Noggins Corner Farm

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The CanadaGAP Manuals were created to allow produce suppliers to meet food safety requirements and document their practices in a rigorous and complete way. We welcome the partnership with Provision Analytics and commend them on their commitment to offering producers another avenue to implement their food safety programs efficiently and effectively.

Heather Gale

Executive Director, CanadaGAP

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About Provision Analytics

Provision Analytics was founded in 2018 to provide digital solutions for food safety and quality assurance. Its cloud software is fully configurable to suit any commodity, process, and food safety standard. Provision clients use dynamic digital records to capture process data, with automations to ensure compliance and reports to expedite audits and analytics. Since inception, the software has been adopted by leaders in agriculture, manufacturing, and distribution across three continents. The company maintains Canadian offices in Calgary, and American offices in Chicago.

About CanadaGAP

CanadaGAP is a food safety program for fresh fruits and vegetables. Based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) methodology, it uses science-based preventative measures to ensure compliance for international safety requirements. The templated forms and manuals can be used across production, handling, and brokerage, in both greenhouse and traditional operations. The program has received full Canadian Government Recognition, and it is benchmarked to and officially recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

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