Why Join The Association For Dressings and Sauces (ADS)?

Whether you’re a manufacturer or a supplier, whether your company is big or small, retail or foodservice, branded or private label, whether you’re in marketing or new product development, the challenges are many in this industry.  You can’t afford to miss crucial networking opportunities available only at The Association for Dressings and Sauces (ADS) Technical Meetings in the Spring and Annual Meetings in the Fall.  The topics are many, diverse, controversial and timely.  When you come away from an ADS meeting, you come away with fresh perspective and real solutions.

Open New Doors

Relationships are founded and forged at ADS meetings.  ADS members, manufacturers and suppliers, veteran players and rookies, can attest to the accessibility you’ll have to the right people in the right places at the right time.  That’s because ADS meetings, with a single focus on dressings and sauces, are small enough (usually no more than 250 attendees) and large enough (most of this industry is represented) to meet every need.  At an ADS meeting, you may well find yourself seated across the table from your next business relationship.

Maintain Your Product's Positive Image

With The Association for Dressings and Sauces’ staff working the front line on your behalf, you have at your disposal capable and experienced media spokespersons with a knowledge of your industry unparalleled by any public relations agency.  ADS’ consumer awareness initiatives tout this industry’s various products.  Under the direction of the Consumer Awareness Committee, ADS’ promotional projects vary from year to year with the goal of maximum consumer outreach. For several years, ADS has taken the lead in debunking the “mayo myth.”  Make Mine Mayonniase:  The Goodness of Mayonnaise provides the facts on mayonnaise safety and heathfulness.

Toughen Your Legal and Regulatory Stance

As a member of ADS, you save countless hours of your staff’s time and legal fees for tracking and interpreting complicated state and federal regulations and legislation.  Your company, as one of 150+ other dressing and sauce manufacturers and suppliers, will also be able to minimize visibility without getting lost in the shuffle when raising questions or responding to government proposals.  The unified voice of industry members, working together through ADS, increases the probability of effective regulatory and legislative intervention.

Add complete, accurate and timely staff and legal counsel interpretations to the specialized dressing and sauce focus, and you have what sets this Association apart from all others.  Each year, ADS staff responds to hundreds of member calls on labeling, regulatory and technical matters.

Access ADS' Regulatory Communications and Publications

All publications available through ADS are offered online  via the ADS Members-Only Web site (www. adsmembers.org).  Members are kept abreast of the latest breaking news on the regulatory and technical front with timely communications delivered via email.  Communications are then stored in the ADS Communications Archive, searchable by topic or date.

The ADS Labeling Manual, is updated regularly.  This Manual explains in layman’s terms and simple artwork, labeling regulations and requirements for dressing and sauce products.

The Food and Drug, Your Rights and Obligations is an excellent reference for manufacturers when faced with FDA inspections.
A reference on Handling Product Tampering Incidents guides members in the development of in-house plans for dealing with product tampering crises.

Product Retrieval Procedures offers guidelines to follow in the event that one of your products must be recalled.

Guidelines for Managing a Crisis aid companies in developing effective and practical plans to deal with a  company crisis. 

Develop Your Company's Technical Muscle

From new products spring new technical challenges.  Whether you are formulating the product, providing a special ingredient for it or making the container that holds it, your Research and Development and Quality Assurance departments are being put to the test,  maybe even stretched to the limit, to make it work.  Members of ADS have yet another resource on whom they rely.  Through ADS, members participate in one of the strongest, most effective industry-wide technical programs in the food business today.

Access Technical Publications

ADS offers several technical manuals and all are offered exclusively online. 

The Quality Assurance Guidelines Manual is a complete workbook designed to help dressing and sauce manufacturers establish quality assurance programs.  It identifies critical control points and procedures for monitoring manufacturing systems.  The Methods and Procedures Manual provides recommendations for actual testing procedures and quality control methods used in state-of-the-art production of dressing and sauce products.

The Portion Control & Flexible Packaging:  A reference manual for the Dressings & Sauces Industry provides members with basic information regarding portion control and flexible packaging.  The manual serves as a guide for selecting and using packaging materials and equipment in plants.

Food Safety and Mayonnaise:  Facts About Commercial Mayonnaise and Salad Dressing is a collection of scientific literature confirming that commercial mayonnaise and salad dressings are bactericidal for foodborne illness organisms.  Included are:

  • abstracts of research and opinions from authoritative sources dating as far back as 1940,
  • a backgrounder on mayonnaise safety, and
  • a consumer-friendly brochure Mayonnaise:  The Misunderstood Dressing that sets the record straight about food safety and commercial mayonnaise.

The package is routinely updated and sent to federal and state regulatory officials, as well as media contacts, to educate them on the safety of mayonnaise.

ADS Committee Descriptions

Annual Meeting Planning Committee
The charge of the Annual Meeting Planning Committee is to develop topics and identify speakers for the Annual Meeting program. 

Consumer Awareness Committee
The Consumer Awareness (CA) Committee directs activities to raise product awareness, position dressings and sauces as part of a healthy diet and foster growth of industry products.  This is accomplished through various ADS-sponsored campaigns, such as National Salad Month.

Executive Technical Board 
The Executive Technical Board (ETB) works with staff to direct and supervise the ADS Technical Program which ensures Association members remain proactive on technical issues affecting the industry (e.g., labeling, food safety, processing, preservation).  The ETB meets four times per year -- January, during the Technical Meeting, August and during the Annual Meeting.

Finance Committee
The Finance Committee is charged with review of the current budget and provides recommendations to the Board of Directors on the proposed budget for the following year. 
Horseradish Information Council 
The Horseradish Information Council consists of manufacturers of Horseradish and works to promote and increase the consumption of horseradish by both consumers and foodservice outlets.  The Committee also oversees the Horseradish Information Council’s Web site,www.horseradish.org, the most comprehensive resource for horseradish recipes anywhere!

Membership Council
The ADS Membership Council promotes membership in the Association through member endorsement.  The Council also focuses on member retention and satisfaction.

Nominating Committee
Made up of members of the Board of Directors, the charge of the Nominating Committee is to identify qualified individuals to serve on the ADS Board of Directors.

Packaging Committee 
The Packaging Committee (formerly The Portion Control/Flexible Packing Committee) addresses the needs of members involved in the packaging industry.  The group meets twice per year during the Annual and Technical Meetings and meetings are open to observers.

Quality Assurance Committee 
The Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) reviews new instrumentation and analyses for dressings and sauces, and ensures that the ADS technical manuals remain current and progressive.

Supplier Advisory Committee 
The Supplier Advisory Committee (SAC) capitalizes on supplier talent to improve Association programs for the benefit of all ADS members.  Improving communications between Suppliers and Manufacturers, the Committee members serve as Goodwill Ambassadors, welcoming new members and first-time attendees at ADS meetings. 

Technical Committee 
In 2010, the Emulsion Committee changed its name to the Technical Committee and revised the mission to reflect the Committee's broadened focus.  The mission of the Technical Committee is to advance the knowledge of the dressings and sauces industry through Committee research projects with a focus on ingredients, finished products, methods, equipment and instrumentation.  The Committee operates under the purview of the ETB, meeting once per year during the Technical Meeting.  Meetings are open to observers.

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