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Provision names four strategic advisors

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May 14, 2024 Calgary, Canada — After forming its Strategic Advisory Group with Dr. Jennifer McEntire this March, Provision Analytics is pleased to announce its new Strategic Advisors: Joan Rosen, Sharon Beals, Donna Lynn Browne, and Courtney Cox.

Founded in 2018, Provision is a popular cloud software that streamlines food safety recordkeeping and risk management for fresh produce operations.

The new Strategic Advisors will lend their considerable industry experience to counsel Provision’s development, ensuring that its clients can effectively address growing requirements from customers, regulators, and certifications.

Courtney Cox has emerged as an industry-leading expert in compliance standards, technology, and practical food safety. With a background encompassing 12 years at Azzule Systems, PrimusLabs, and Bonipak Produce, she has consistently supported the industry with her in-depth knowledge of PrimusGFS and navigating the evolving changes in customer and regulatory requirements. She holds a degree in Biological Sciences from Tennessee Wesleyan University and is presently the Principal Consultant at Route2Comply Inc.

“I’m honored to join the distinguished experts guiding Provision. This group shares a mission to make technical standards more actionable and accessible with new digital solutions.”
Courtney Cox
Strategic Advisor, Provision Analytics

Donna Lynn Browne rose to acclaim as a food safety leader at Dole. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Cal Poly and has managed hundreds of produce operations in topics ranging from labs to complaints to training. Donna has consulted for major organizations such as Taylor Farms, and currently serves as the Senior Director of Food Safety & Social Responsibility at Naturipe Farms.

“Beyond audits, growers and packers need better tools to monitor and evaluate ongoing food safety risks in their operations. With Provision, we’re building these solutions in the most intuitive way.”
Donna Lynn Browne
Strategic Advisor, Provision Analytics

Sharon Beals brings multinational experience to the Strategic Advisory Group, having served as SVP of Food Safety & QA at Maple Leaf Foods. Holding a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Foods from Cornell, Sharon has worked in executive positions with notable companies such as CTI Foods, US Foods, Smithfield, and Tyson. Sharon now offers her expertise independently as Founder of the consultancy, SKKB.

“Fresh produce operations have an opportunity to learn from the practices proven in other commodities and processes. I’m excited to help Provision clients uncover new efficiency and insight.”
Sharon Beals
Strategic Advisor, Provision Analytics

Joan Rosen has been a leader in the produce industry for over 22 years with Chiquita Brands and Fresh Express, where she advanced global food safety practices and designed and led food safety initiatives during the launch and rapid growth of the fresh-cut produce sector. Joan was also instrumental in developing programs for other major industry players including Campbell Soup Company. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science from Cornell University as well as a Masters in Postharvest Physiology and Food Science from UC Davis. Since 2012, she has consulted globally for almost 100 produce and food operations via her company, JC Rosen Resources.

“Provision is already proving that it can save time, cost, and risk for all operators in the supply chain regardless of their technical sophistication. With the Strategic Advisory Group, we hope to leverage this expertise for the benefit of brand protection and consumer health.”
Joan Rosen
Strategic Advisor, Provision Analytics

With Dr. Jennifer McEntire at its helm, the Strategic Advisory Group will begin its work next month, offering guidance to Provision on everything from intricate software features to anticipated regulatory changes.

“Technology companies too often operate in a silo, developing solutions that are impractical for industry. At Provision, we’re committed to direct input from industry experts, which helps us deliver the most usable solution for smart food safety.”
Erik Westblom
CEO & Founder, Provision Analytics

About Provision Analytics
Provision Analytics was founded in 2018 to provide more usable solutions for smart food safety. Its cloud software is fully configurable to manage documentation for any customer, regulatory, or certification requirements. Clients use digital records in Provision to capture process data with customizable tasks, rules, and reports. The platform helps clients to save time in rote compliance, while unlocking data-driven insight for better risk management. Since inception, Provision has been adopted by hundreds of fresh produce operations, small and large.