FPSA Women’s Alliance Network Names Nicole Cammarata a 2023 Red Circle Honor Recipient

Award recognizes Cammarata’s innovation and inspiration for her leadership in CFS Hygienic Design Certification

A woman and man smiling and posing in front of a red screen that reads "FPSA Women's Alliance Network: The 4th Biennial Women's Alliance Network Breakfast." The woman, Nicole Cammarata, holds her FPSA Red Circle Honor award plaque.

Nicole Cammarata was named the Food Processing Suppliers Association’s (FPSA) 2023 Women’s Alliance Network Red Circle Honors recipient in the Innovation and Inspiration category. Cammarata—Global Training Manager of Commercial Food Sanitation, an Intralox company—received the award at the annual Women’s Alliance Network Breakfast during Process Expo in Chicago.

The Innovation and Inspiration Honor recognizes a woman who has brought game-changing innovation or an inspiring idea in the last 18 months to her company or industry. In the face of the global pandemic, Cammarata’s extraordinary achievements in the food industry reflect her innovative thinking and inspirational leadership.

During the global pandemic, she began researching ways to help food-industry customers improve food safety. Through many “voice of the customer” conversations and feedback loops with food manufacturers around the globe, Cammarata identified needs and gaps resulting in the Commercial Food Sanitation (CFS) Hygienic Design Certification Program.

It’s a tremendous honor to receive this award, but the real reward is knowing the contribution we’re making to produce safe food.

Nicole Cammarata
Nicole Cammarata
Global Training Manager at Commercial Food Sanitation (CFS)

The program consists of an in-person Hygienic Design Training and 16 digital courses that certify food industry professionals for their proven hygienic design knowledge. A three-year recertification requirement ensures recipients’ knowledge stays relevant. The CFS Hygienic Design Certification Program is receiving strong interest and signups globally; plans for trainings in Portuguese, Chinese, and Spanish have begun.

“It’s a tremendous honor to receive this award, but the real reward is knowing the contribution we’re making to produce safe food,” said Cammarata. “To see the CFS Hygienic Design Certification receive interest from food safety professionals spanning multiple continents and industries is amazing.”

Cammarata has served as the CFS Global Training Manager since 2016. She’s responsible for centralized training sessions that occur in New Orleans, Shanghai, Amsterdam, Melbourne, and São Paulo, as well as customer workshops globally.

“The leadership shown by Nicole is inspirational; it shows such a strong customer focus and internal drive to work through the many challenges of the global pandemic to deliver such a needed program,” said Darin Zehr, CFS General Manager. “People who attain this certification will approach design decisions differently in the future for the betterment of the global food industry, and Nicole played a massive role in making that happen.”

Title card: "Congratulations on the FPSA Red Circle Award for Innovation and Inspiration"

Nicole Cammarata discusses the significance of the FPSA Women’s Alliance Network Red Circle Honor and the CFS Hygienic Design Certification Program

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