AIB names new director of food safety services innovation

by Eric Schroeder
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MANHATTAN, KAS. — Lance Reeve has been named director of food safety services innovation at AIB International. He succeeds Stephanie Lopez, who recently was promoted to president of AIBI Certification Services.

In his new role, Mr. Reeve is part of a global executive leadership team providing research in emerging food safety issues, speaking at key industry events, and contributing to technical publications. On a day-to-day basis, he oversees new product development, facilitates cross-functional team participation and monitors breaking food safety advancements or failures.

“One of the key functions of the innovation group is to be on the leading edge of new trends, including regulatory changes, scientific breakthroughs, best practices and consumer-driven developments,” said Andre Biane, president and chief executive officer of AIB International. “Our aim is to identify areas where the food and beverage industry needs support, and develop products and services that help them meet their new challenges.

“In a short period of time Lance has demonstrated strong leadership and set priorities for 2015. He has also cross-functionally aligned priorities and resources within the organization. As director, innovation, his role will also expand to include innovation for baking and food technical services.”

Mr. Reeve joined AIB International in 1994 and has held a variety of roles, including food safety auditor, project coordinator, director of food defense, and most recently global innovation manager.

The innovation group began this month with a new product launch. On Nov. 3, the F.S.M.A. Awareness Webinar Series was released. These recorded webinars provide viewers from the global food, beverage and distribution industry with insight into the key elements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

“AIB has been flooded with F.S.M.A.-related questions in recent months, and the industry is scrambling to understand how the new regulations apply to them in expectation of the final rules that are set to release in 2015,” Mr. Reeve said. “Our experts have read and interpreted the rules and grouped all of the relevant information into eight easy-to-understand webinars that give viewers a concise interpretation of how the changes apply to them.”
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