Reshaping the Process: How to Enhance Food Safety & Quality through Performance Metrics and Digital Transformations

  • Introduction to the role of performance metrics and how digital transformations have enhanced Food Quality at Maple Leaf Foods.
  • Highlighting the importance of measurement and evaluation through quantifiable metrics for tracking incidents throughout the organization and improving customer satisfaction.
  • Exploring process optimizations through real-time monitoring of critical control points and leveraging digital tools for Quality Management improvements.
  • Showcasing the role of performance metrics in ensuring regulatory compliance and how tracking key performance indicators leads to success.
  • Examining the impact of digital transformation on traceability, supply chain transparency, and issue identification.

Spir Marinakis
VP of Food Safety, Quality Assurance, Technical Services & Sanitation
Maple Leaf Foods

Spir is currently serving as Vice President, Food Safety, Quality and Technical Services for processed meats, further processed poultry, fresh poultry, fresh pork at Maple Leaf Foods (MLF).  As overall leader of this function Spir is accountable for the strategic direction to deliver on MLF’s Food Safety & Quality (FS&Q) strategy, Food Safety Promise, Quality Vision, day-to-day operations of the FS&Q Management Systems and Microbiology and Chemistry labs that service all MLF’s plants.

Spir began her professional career at Unilever Canada, one of the world’s largest CPG company. She progressed through various roles that included food scientist, sales representative, brand manager, innovation manager, R&D/QA manager, Canada and customer activation manager, North America. During this time, Spir achieved two prestigious Global Innovation Awards for innovative concepts and successful execution. Throughout this time her efforts on the commercial side of the business enhanced her appreciation of the importance of innovation, and customer-centric focus.

In 2004, Spir joined Maple Leaf Foods as Director FS&Q for the poultry division. During this time, Spir was awarded the President’s Award. In 2007, she moved into Six Sigma. During her tenure in Six Sigma, she was responsible for critical projects within marketing and food safety. In 2013, Spir moved into the Director, FS&Q systems role where she  took over leadership and execution of  the company’s quality strategy, performance metrics, FS&Q Pillar of the Operational Excellence System, complaint management, and control of the FS&Q Management System.