Global ID Group Rebrands As FoodChain ID

FAIRFIELD, Iowa, July 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Global ID Group, based in Fairfield, Iowa has rebranded as FoodChain ID, effective immediately. Formerly, the organization was comprised of three distinct divisions: Genetic ID, CertID and FoodChain ID.

“This satisfies a need expressed by our largest customers time and again, which is to be able to utilize the services of all three divisions via a single point of contact,” says Brad Riemenapp, the newly appointed CEO of FoodChain ID. “The move to one brand not only enhances the customer experience, but streamlines our sales, marketing and communications efforts.”

The former Global ID Group has 20+ years offering specialized services for the food, beverage, ingredient and food component (i.e. grain) industries, spanning the entire food supply chain. As FoodChain ID, the company can work more collaboratively with clients to offer testing and validation, food safety, and consumer label claim services.

“In today’s new food economy, our clients must meet growing consumer and regulatory demand for greater visibility, transparency and sustainability,” explains Riemenapp. “As a result, our clients are under intense pressure to produce at the highest standards, which requires insight into every aspect of the supply chain.”

With so much at stake in the industry, more companies require a single resource with deep expertise that can provide holistic solutions in a way that is nimble and flexible enough to meet them at their point of need. This helps them better manage complex processes and operate more efficiently and cost-effectively.

One of the company’s most sought after services is the Non-GMO Project verification service, which is now the most widely recognized standard in North America for verifying Non-GMO food production operations.

In fact, since 2007, as the founding technical administrator for the Non-GMO Project and co-developer of its product verification program, FoodChain ID has verified the majority of the Non-GMO Project Verified market in North America—over 50,000 products representing thousands of brands, manufacturers, processors, growers, distributors, packers, and exporters.

With nearly 50 percent of these Non-GMO clients also requesting organic certifications, the company acquired BioAgricert, a global company with more than 33 years of expertise in the organic sector. BioAgriCert is one of the top, global, NOP-certifying bodies, having certified over 900 operations.

BioAgriCert’s leadership position in organic certification combined with FoodChain ID’s strong leadership position in Non-GMO verification further strengthens FoodChain ID’s leadership position in providing independent third-party labeling claims.

The ability to offer these certifications with other key GFSI-benchmarked food safety and food quality certifications such as SQF, BRC, GlobalG.A.P. and FSSC 22000 allows many of FoodChain ID’s clients the ability to single-source their needs under one roof.

FoodChain ID’s ability to provides integrated food safety and food quality solutions in the rapidly evolving food industry have fueled the company’s growth. Offices are located in the U.S., U.K., Brazil, Germany and Italy and serve over 30,000 clients globally.

Looking forward, Foodchain ID estimates having over 31,000 global clients by the close of 2018.

About FoodChain ID

FoodChain ID, previously known as Global ID Group, until recently was comprised of three divisions, Genetic ID, Cert ID, and FoodChain ID Non-GMO Project verification. In an effort to increase the depth and breadth of its offerings and enhance customer service, the business is now rebranded as FoodChain ID. FoodChain ID provides integrated food safety and food quality solutions that address the challenges and opportunities in the rapidly evolving food industry. Serving more than 30,000 clients in over 100 countries with a market-leading portfolio of testing, inspection, certification and consulting services, FoodChain ID helps companies navigate an increasingly regulated global food economy demanding higher levels of transparency, accountability, safety and sustainability.


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Cambridge Invites Greg Valliere to Speak at Fairfield Arts and Convention Center


Leading political and economic strategist to speak on politics and markets

FAIRFIELD, IA  April 13, 2016 – Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. (Cambridge) is pleased to welcome financial expert and political strategist Greg Valliere1 to speak at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center (FACC) on Thursday, April 21 at 4:30 p.m. Well known for his insightful analysis and positive reputation within the financial community, Valliere frequently speaks at leading financial services events and conferences. The event is open to the public and news media with seating on a first come, first served basis. Doors to the FACC’s Sondheim Center will open at 4:00 p.m.

“We are delighted to host an individual that plays such an integral role in analyzing policy and politics and their impact on the markets,” said Senior Vice President Jeff Vivacqua. “Cambridge is excited to host Valliere for an insightful opportunity to speak to the community about economic fundamentals as well as the current state of the political arena.”

Valliere possesses more than 30 years of financial experience, most recently serving as chief strategist for Horizon Investments. His previous experience includes evaluating the role of Congress and the White House in adapting fiscal policy and interest rate policy determined by the U.S. Federal Reserve. Valliere is a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and radio, CNN, Fox Business News, and CBS radio. He is also regularly quoted in The Wall Street JournalBarrons, and The New York Times.

Sep 22 2014 3 Local employers ranked in Iowa’s top places to work! Congratulations Libertyville Savings Bank, Jefferson County Health Center and Cambridge!

Top Large Companies

  1. Edward Jones
  2. Veridian Credit Union
  3. Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance
  4. Waukee Community School District
  5. Cambridge Investment Research

Top Midsize Companies

  1. Farm Credit Services of America
  2. The IMT Group
  3. Jefferson County Health Center
  4. Methodist West Hospital
  5. Fort Madison Community Hospital

Top Small Companies

  1. REMAX Real Estate Concepts
  2. Clickstop, Inc
  3. Iowa ENT Center
  4. Libertyville Savings Bank
  5. Innovative Software Engineering

Jul 12 2012 Envisioning the Future of Iowa

Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Director Debi Durham says Iowa needs to be that innovative state where talented people will want to locate to be a part of the growth potential in biosciences and advanced manufacturing.

Iowa State University president Steven Leath on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, in Ames, Iowa. (SourceMedia Group News/Jim Slosiarek)

Learn more about what Iowa State University President Steven Leath and Director Durham have to say about the future of Iowa’s biotech industry by reading this article in The Gazette.

Iowa visits Taiwan

On June 25, 2012, Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham met with leaders from the Taiwan Wind Turbine Industry Association in Kaohsiung, Taiwan to promote Iowa’s strong wind energy sector.


Here, Director Durham is with Mr. Hsu Wen-Du, President of the Taiwan Wind Turbine Industry Association.

Feb 23 2012 Trip to the Capitol

FEDA joined members of the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce for a trip to the state Capitol Building in Des Moines.

While in Des Moines, the group received briefings on economic development and education reform legislation and met with Senator Greiner, Representative Hanson, Representative Klein, the Speaker of the House, the Chair of the Economic Growth committee, and the Public Policy Advisor to the Director of the Department of Education.

The group finished their day with a historic tour of the Capitol building.

Feb 14 2012 Iowa Needs More People

Re-posted from the Des Moines Register blog written by Jason Noble.

One key to growing Iowa’s economy, state economic development director Debi Durham told lawmakers this afternoon, will be growing the state’s population.

Boosting educational investments that prepare young adults for industrial and advanced manufacturing jobs will be important too, she said, but Iowa must attract more people and reverse its current-slow growth trend.

“We literally have to grow our state population,” Durham said. “When you look at our slow growth, when you look at our aging population, when you have this baby-boom population that is eventually going to exit the workforce, we need people.”

Businesses are looking for an educated workforce to run advanced manufacturing operations that don’t necessarily require a college degree, but which do call for specialized training. Attracting people with such skills will be as necessary as training Iowa’s current residents, she said.

The state can play a role in such an effort, she said, by improving marketing that emphasizes Iowa’s quality of life, she said.

Marketing will be critical for drawing businesses, too. Iowa’s public-relations and marketing efforts should be so robust that any discussion of agriculture, food safety or advanced manufacturing turns to Iowa, Durham said.

“Whenever there’s a conversation going on about that – that there are jobs and they’re good jobs and they’re great jobs for tomorrow – we need to be inserted in that conversation,” she said.

Durham’s comments came during an informational presentation before the House Economic Growth committee that also touched on Department of Economic Development’s transition from state agency to public-private partnership and Gov. Terry Branstad’s new economic-development proposals.


Feb 07 2012 Economic Development and Historic Preservation

Main Street in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by Faye Gilbert.)


New Main Street Communities Announced

February 7, 2012 (Des Moines, IA) – Governor Terry Branstad today announced that three Iowa communities were selected to join the Main Street Iowa program: Chariton, Jefferson and Lansing.  The announcement was made during a special ceremony held at the Iowa State Capitol.


“Iowa’s historic main streets are the heart and soul of our communities,” said Governor Branstad.  “We will continue to do whatever we can to keep Iowa’s downtowns strong and vibrant for business owners, workers, residents and visitors.  I am pleased to welcome each of these communities into the Main Street family and wish them much success in the future.”


For more than 25 years, the Main Street Iowa program and its communities have been looked upon as the “best of the best” in a national effort to revitalize downtowns across the country.  The addition of these new communities brings the total number of Main Street communities in Iowa to 48.


“In their applications and presentations, the selected communities demonstrated strong partnerships, a high level of volunteerism, and a commitment to the revitalization of their downtown districts.  We are confident that these three cities will thrive and grow for many years to come,” said Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.


Becoming a designated Main Street Iowa community is no easy task. Community representatives must attend rigorous training sessions before even being eligible to apply.  They must demonstrate support from local organizations, businesses, and lawmakers; funding and in-kind support must be secured and documented; strategic plans outlining short- and long-term goals must be in place; and city resolutions and historic preservation ordinances must be passed and signed.  Most importantly, community officials, business owners, and volunteers must agree to work together with the common goals of preserving Iowa’s historic buildings and unique commercial business districts, and improving the local economy by adopting and following the Main Street Four Point Approach® to historic commercial district revitalization.


While it may be challenging to become a Main Street community, designated communities reap many benefits.  During the first three years of the program, each community receives 40 days of on-site training and technical assistance from Main Street Iowa, National Main Street Center staff and private consultants, as well as 30 days of training for volunteers and local staff, resulting in a state investment of $100,000.  Mature Main Street communities each receive continuing training valued at $10,000 annually.


Over the years, by working together with the state, Main Street Iowa communities have realized the benefits of more than two million hours of volunteer time committed to improving their city centers, a significantly increased job and business base, and over a billion dollars in private investment to purchase, construct and rehabilitate downtown property.


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Jan 30 2012 New Business in Iowa?

The Iowa Innovation Corporation, created by lawmakers to spark development of innovative companies and products in Iowa,  is in the process of establishing a seed fund to assist entrepreneurial activity in Iowa. According to the Des Moines Register, sparking such start-up activity is seen as key to Gov. Terry Branstad’s pledge to add 200,00 jobs in Iowa and boost family incomes 25% over five years.

Read the full article from the Des Moines Register, here.

Coming Home to Iowa

The following video, “Coming Home to Iowa,”  was produced by Opportunity^2an economic development project for Southeast Iowa, of which Jefferson County is a part.

Opportunity^2 is the brainchild of the Area 15 Regional Planning Commission. The purpose of the Area 15 Regional Planning Commission and Opportunity^2 is to promote the general welfare, convenience, safety and prosperity of its regional neighborhood in four broad categories – economic development, community development, transportation planning and housing assistance.

The Area 15 Regional Planning Commission has been in operation since 1974 and serves the local jurisdictions of service delivery area 15. This ten county region is comprised of the following counties:


  • Appanoose
  • Davis
  • Jefferson
  • Keokuk
  • Lucas
  • Mahaska
  • Monroe
  • Van Buren
  • Wapello
  • Wayne