RizePoint Interview with Matt Regusci – Chief Relationship Officer

What is your GLOBALG.A.P. story?

I have a very interesting GLOBALG.A.P. story.  It started with my co-founding Azzule and PrimusGFS, GLOBALG.A.P.s largest competitor.  It was funny, at one point I was across the table from GLOBALG.A.P. as their largest competitor and then within a couple years became GLOBALG.A.P.s largest North American CB.

When I left PrimusLabs I moves to a small CB and ended up using GLOBALG.A.P. as our main solution and grew our business significantly.  Once I learned how powerful GLOBALG.A.P. Option 2 could be to help small growers meet the market expectations of GFSI certification I was hooked.  GLOBALG.A.P. Option 2 is one of the best concepts for certification and North America was significantly lagging the world in adoption.

My partner and I sold our CB 18 months ago and within days of being hired on to RizePoint I connected with GLOBALG.A.P. to provide an auditing solution to not just Certification Bodies, but also to the farming industry as a whole.

Why is GLOBALG.A.P. important to you?

GLOBALG.A.P. is the best auditing solution for farmers worldwide.  I’m saying this as a person who co-founded PrimusGFS, GLOBALG.A.P.’s largest competitor.  GLOBALG.A.P. certification opens up markets for growers not just domestically . . . throughout the whole world.  With a GLOBALG.A.P. certificate you can sell your cherries to Costco, apricots to Tesco, and almonds to Carrefour.

I’ve watched GLOBALG.A.P. grow throughout my 20 year career and it has been so exciting to see more and more farmers adopt this great standard.  It will be fun to see GLOBALG.A.P. grow faster as tools like RizePoint assist in streamlining the certification process.

Can you tell us about the services that RizePoint provides to fruit and vegetable growers and Certification Bodies?

RizePoint provides a fully integrated GLOBALG.A.P. auditing system.  Certification bodies can manage the entire certification process, from Application, Registration, Audit Completion on a Mobile App, Corrective Actions, Tech Reviews, Certification Decision, and submission of everything seamlessly into the GLOBALG.A.P. system.

We also have opened our system for growers to use to perform self audits on their phone and/or tablets.  Companies who are managing a QMS system for GLOBALG.A.P. Option 2 may also use our system to manage their full program including all their second party audits.