How to gain safe and local supplier approval through the SALSA Food Standard

SALSA is the approval scheme that helps local and regional food and drink producers supply their products to national and regional buyers.

It is the most basic of the certification standards in the UK and it sits between the legislation standard and the BRC food Standard. The accreditation is a way of proving to customers that you have all the food safety systems in place to ensure that you can produce their product safely and to all the agreed specification.

This webinar is for those businesses looking to become SALSA accredited and want to understand the process and costs involved.

This event is FREE to attend for Lincolnshire Food & Drink members, and £10 incl. VAT for non-members.

We will be joined by Bonnie Joplin, Scheme Development Manager at SALSA, who will explain in detail why their accreditation is so important and why you need it.

Janet Bellamy, Associate Professor of Digitalisation and Food Processing at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, part of the University of Lincoln, will be sharing her extensive knowledge and experience of helping producers through the process and also the next steps.

Martin Ward, Category Buyer, Lincolnshire Co-op will share the importance the Co-op places on the SALSA accreditation, especially when bringing new producers through the on-boarding process.


10.30am – Welcome – Alex Bavin, Lincolnshire Food and Drink
10.35 – Bonnie Joplin, Scheme Development Manager, SALSA – What is the Salsa Accreditation and why do I need it
10.55 Janet Bellamy, Associate Professor of Digitalisation and Food Processing – How to apply and the steps you need to take
11.25 – Martin Ward, Category Buyer, Lincolnshire Co-op – The importance of the SALSA accreditation when onboarding new producers
11.40 – Q&A
Midday – Close

Bonnie Joplin, Scheme Development Manager at SALSA

Bonnie has been with the SALSA Scheme since February 2018 and in the food industry for 20 years.

With a 1st class degree in Food Science, Bonnie has experienced a variety of different roles in the food manufacturing sector – primarily in sales & marketing, but also supply chain & economic development.

Her enthusiasm for the UK’s smaller producers brought her to SALSA, where she loves developing the schemes resources and connecting businesses to the support that is available through the scheme.

Bonnie is passionate about the food industry & enjoys working with clients and customers to bring projects & ideas to life.

Janet Bellamy, Associate Professor of Digitalisation and Food Processing at the National Centre For Food Manufacturing

Janet’s industry experience spans over 30 years working across a number of different roles from Factory Manager to Head of Operations and in manufacturing sectors that include produce, salads, dips and dressings, ready meals, soups, sauces and dairy.

As a member of a busy manufacturing team she has led and delivered many projects from new machines to new packaging and even new factories. She has extensive supply chain experience including planning, procurement, forecasting, supply chain management, warehousing and distribution and has worked as a business implant to develop supermarket and category performance.

With this industry experience Janet can ensure that her academic teachings reflect the reality of life in industry and equips students to be ready for the challenges they may face in their workplace.

Through the University she offers technical support and consultancy services to the food and drink industry and lead the emerging technology and digitalisation agenda.

Martin Ward, Category Buyer, Lincolnshire Co-op

Martin has worked in food retail for 18 years in a range of roles from store management to managing the commercial functions within a trading team.

Having both worked in category management and more recently overseeing the category management team, including procurement of local product, he has varied experience in ensuring ranges in a retail store are fit for purpose and safe for the consumer.

A key aspect of the role is to manage the responsible onboarding process of new suppliers into the retail business and to manage the performance of these products in store.

Recently he has also been managing Gadsby’s bakery taking responsibility for overall site management and business undertakings giving him an appreciation of the importance of SALSA to both the supplier and the buyer.

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