Food Safety and Quality Consultants, LLC
FSQC is a professional full-service food safety and quality consulting firm offering a complete line of Training, Consulting, and Auditing services to meet your needs.
To equip food, beverage, and packaging manufacturers to successfully develop, own, and manage their food safety and quality programs.
Set our clients up for success by:
- providing experience, guidance, and coaching through consulting;
- delivering education and sharing knowledge through focused training;
- and analyzing their state of readiness and compliance by conducting comprehensive audits and GAP assessments.
Our values are the foundation of everything we do and at Food Safety & Quality Consultants they’re simple:
Our Food Safety Foundation
Everything we do starts here.
Knowledge is an important acquisition of life that allows our client to take information and turn it into action. Our goal is to educate you in such a way that you gain the knowledge and understanding you need to build and manage your food safety and quality systems.
Service by its nature requires interest in another’s success. We provide the assistance and support our clients need to effectively create, implement, and manage successful food safety and quality programs. FSQC’s excellent service sets you up to function independently yet still provides you with ongoing support as needed.
One of the most important values we operate by is our integrity. Honest, reliable, and trustworthy communications and action is how we conduct business, and we encourage our clients to practice the same.
Our greatest value and goal is to see each of our clients succeed because your success is our success.
Early Beginnings . . .
The journey to starting Food Safety & Quality Consultants, LLC (FSQC) started over forty years ago in the 1970s. As a teen in the mid-1970s, FSQC founder and president Arlen Keller started working at Central Coca-Cola Bottling Co., which kicked off his career in food safety and quality. In 1977, he was hired on as a full-time employee at the bottling company and during the following 9 years, he acted as a Quality Control Supervisor and Assistant Production Manager for the company.
While operating in those roles, Arlen was responsible for Food Safety and Quality activities at the manufacturing facility, assisting with Food Safety and Quality issues at multiple facilities, designing and implementing Food Safety and Quality programs and Sanitation Procedures, as well as developing and conducting Food Safety and Quality training. The facility Arlen managed placed 3rd for Quality Achievements out of over 500 Coca-Cola Bottling facilities in the USA in 1983.
In 1986, he then moved on to further his career at Cadbury USA as a Quality Assurance Technician. While at Cadbury, Arlen conducted Internal Quality and Sanitation Audits, monitored and enforced compliance with Food Safety and Quality standards, conducted chemical and microbiological analyses, and managed a packaging laboratory, among other various responsibilities. Arlen’s time with Cadbury only lasted until 1989, when Cadbury USA sold production rights to The Hershey Company.
In that same year, Arlen started his career at The Hershey Company, a recognized Fortune 500 company. He spent the next twenty-three years with Hershey gaining experience and training that are vital to his role in the food industry. During his time at Hershey, Arlen gained an extensive amount of training, experience, and knowledge in the field of food packaging, manufacturing, and distribution.
Arlen had multiple responsibilities while working at The Hershey Company. He was responsible for overseeing the GFSI certification of Hershey’s manufacturing facilities; he managed and conducted Food Safety and Quality audits of manufacturing facilities as well as ingredient and packaging suppliers; he was responsible for Packaging and Regulatory Compliance for North American operations; he provided Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), quality systems, and regulatory support to 19 manufacturing facilities; he developed and implemented Food Safety and Quality programs, systems, policies, and procedures; and he developed and conducted Food Safety, Quality, and Packaging training.
The Start of FSQC . . .
While working for this Fortune 500 company and being responsible for practices such as internal auditing programs, food safety certification programs, and packaging quality programs for North America, Arlen noticed a gap in the food safety certification industry. Hershey was certifying their own production facilities, and many suppliers and other companies associated with Hershey were finding it difficult to navigate the waters of certification and were asking how they did it so well. Arlen realized that he could help bridge the gap in the field of food safety and quality certification. The need in the industry was simple – companies were in search of help for complying with new regulations and preparing for compliance with new certification standards.
So, in November 2011, Food Safety & Quality Consultants was founded to meet the growing needs and ever-expanding demands of the food and beverage industry. In early 2012 Arlen began utilizing his 35 years of food safety and quality experience to pilot his business by offering companies private consulting services, auditing through third-party food safety certification organizations, and extensive training services. Arlen left his career at Hershey to run FSQC full-time and has worked with many companies providing consulting, training, and auditing services. He has successfully walked many clients through the certification process. In fact, every company that has worked with FSQC has successfully achieved its GFSI certification, the majority of which have scored in the top tier.
The Future of FSQC . . .
Arlen’s greatest passion for the future of his business is training and educating companies on current regulations and proper food safety and quality practices.
“The achievement I look at is the success my clients are having. To me that’s my milestone and bench mark.”Arlen Keller
President, Food Safety & Quality Consultants, LLC.
A look inside the experience you can expect when you work with us.
“Working with Arlen was a great experience. The amount of effort and professionalism he demonstrated was great. The process of preparing and implementing SQF would have taken us twice as long without his advice and counsel. We received an excellent rating on our first audit. I highly recommend FSQC, LLC to any quality professional looking to have their business become certified.”
N.E.W. Plastics Corp.
“As the top corporate auditor for food safety and quality, Arlen Keller helped my team at The Hershey Company – Monterrey Plant achieve the highest standards possible within a limited time frame. To go from plant start straight up to SQF 2000 Level III certification was only possible by his dedication and highly organized follow-up, teamwork, and attention to detail. His consulting firm most assuredly will keep growing and become best in class under such a fine friend and leader.”
The Hershey Company