About Our Sponsors

The Global Food Protection Institute is grateful for the support received from our dedicated sponsors. You are invited to partner with GFPI and join our esteemed list of partners. 



BD is a leading global medical technology company that develops, manufactures and sells medical devices, instrument systems and reagents. We are focused on improving drug delivery, enhancing the quality and speed of diagnosing infectious diseases and cancers, and advancing research, discovery and production of new drugs and vaccines.

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For over 80 years, Covance has been the industry leader in providing accurate data and scientific expertise to the food, dietary supplement and biotechnology industries.  Complete analytical testing services include nutrients, stability, microbiology, phytochemicals, residues, product container/enclosure (food packaging), raw materials, botanicals and method development.   In addition, Covance has proven expertise to back food safety programs and allow our clients to gain 24/7 availability to protect their brand. This includes microbiology consulting, training and crisis response. In addition to high-throughput microbiology testing services, Covance also offers GFSI pre-audit consultations, third-party audits, challenge studies, expert witness services, 24/7 access to data, harborage point investigations, regulatory notice response assistance and HACCP training.   Covance is committed to helping clients deliver safe products. Learn more by contacting Covance at (855) 83MICRO or by visiting www.nutri.covance.com.


Since 1983, CSM Group professionals have managed construction projects within regulated and specialized environments of Food & Beverage, Healthcare, Education and Commercial Markets. These markets have shaped the CSM cultures to understand the importance of adaptability. CSM Group is a recognized leader in food processing facilities. CSM Group professionals have served the food and beverage industry for over 12 years by managing over 30 facilities in 16 states.



Established in 1996, the Food Marketing Institute Foundation seeks to ensure continued quality and efficiency in the food retailing system and is operated for charitable, educational and scientific purposes. To help support the role of food retailing, the FMI Foundation focuses on research and education in the areas of food safety, nutrition and health.

Kellogs GFPI

Driven to enrich and delight the world through foods and brands that matter, Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) is the world’s leading producer of cereal, second largest producer of cookies and crackers and - through the May 2012 acquisition of the iconic Pringles® business - the world’s second largest savory snacks company. In addition, Kellogg is a leading producer of frozen foods. Every day, our well-loved brands, produced in 18 countries and marketed in more than 180 countries, nourish families so they can flourish and thrive. With 2011 sales of more than $13 billion, these brands include Cheez-It®, Coco Pops®, Corn Flakes®, Eggo®, Frosted Flakes®, Kashi®, Keebler®, Kellogg’s®, Mini-Wheats®, Pop-Tarts®, Pringles®, Rice Krispies®, Special K®, and many more. To learn more about Kellogg Company, including our corporate responsibility initiatives and rich heritage, please visit  www.kelloggcompany.com.

Marshall Economic Development

The Brooks, an industrial and research park, is located in Marshall, Michigan; a small, close-knit community where you can slow down and enjoy life at a more leisurely pace. A place where you get to know your neighbors. A place where priorities are focused on quality schools, clean, safe neighborhoods, and maintaining the community's rich heritage.

At the Brooks, you'll also enjoy state-of-the-art amenities set in a scenic wetland setting. Here you can leverage all the advantages of our leading-edge facilities while enjoying the natural beauty of our incredible surroundings. In short, you can enjoy working where business doesn't feel so much like work. The Brooks Industrial and Research Park is managed by Marshall Economic Development.


Mead Johnson Nutrition

Mead Johnson, a global leader in pediatric nutrition, develops, manufactures, markets and distributes more than 70 products in over 50 markets worldwide. The company's mission is to nourish the world's children for the best start in life. The Mead Johnson name has been associated with science-based pediatric nutrition products for over 100 years. The company's "Enfa" family of brands, including Enfamil(R) infant formula, is the world's leading brand franchise in pediatric nutrition.

 Michigan Economic Development Corporation

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is a public-private partnership serving as the state's marketing arm and lead agency for business, talent and jobs, tourism, film and digital incentives, arts and cultural grants, and overall economic growth. MEDC offers a number of business assistance services and capital programs for business attraction and acceleration, economic gardening, entrepreneurship, strategic partnerships, talent enhancement and urban and community development. MEDC, founded in 1999, also developed and manages the state's popular Pure Michigan brand.

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Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 200 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. 

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Founded in 1982, Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) has grown to be a worldwide leader in diagnostic and preventative products for food and animal safety. The company’s Food Safety Division markets dehydrated culture media, and diagnostic test kits to detect foodborne bacteria, natural toxins, food allergens, drug residues, meat speciation, plant diseases and sanitation concerns. Neogen’s Animal Safety Division is a leader in the development of animal genomics, along with the manufacturing and distribution of a variety of animal healthcare products, including diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, veterinary instruments, wound care, rodenticides and disinfectants. 

Varnum Law

Varnum Law, is a full service law firm with more than 150 attorneys. We have taken the time to invest in our clients, especially our food clients, and that has consistently resulted in high levels of effectiveness and value. Varnum's Food Industry attorneys provide a broad range of services to "food facilities", including: 

  • Regulatory – we help clients deal with FDA inspections, labeling or advertising compliance, food safety, and FSMA compliance.
  • Commercial – we help protect clients from liability by carefully structuring, documenting and negotiating commercial relationships.
  • M&A – we work with lenders and investors to evaluate transaction with or loans to food companies.
  • Environmental – we assist food companies with environmental compliance and permitting issues.
  • Import & Export – we help food businesses manage the legal issues involved in international trade in food, including foreign supplier verification programs and U.S. customs issues.

We know that non-U.S. based food companies need connected, reliable and experienced advisors who can provide meaningful insights for compliance with the ever-changing U.S. food regulatory system. We can provide that insight. Feel free to call on us for assistance or visit us at www.mifoodlaw.com.