Scholle IPN is pleased to announce that their Merced Plant achieved a record-breaking 96 out of 100 on their recent SQF (Safe Quality Food) audit, Merced’s highest score to date. According to Plant Manager Amalee Jayasinghe, the Merced facility is Scholle IPN’s largest in both volume and number of employees.
SQF is an independent, third-party audit program recognized by The GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative), and a standard of excellence used by food suppliers across the globe. SQF Certification shows that a business has proven a high degree of competency, and that it meets the necessary prerequisites and legal requirements that ensure safety and quality.
The unannounced audit, which took place in October, shows that the Merced plant excels in their manufacturing processes, management, material and product handling, and employee behavior. Amalee credits this high mark to an increased level of employee engagement. This engagement includes offering additional employee training, self audits, and improved team communication.
Among employees, the result of the “Superior” rating improves both work morale. For Scholle IPN’s clients, the rating offers them increased brand protection, trust in their product quality, and reinforces Scholle IPN’s commitment to meeting food safety requirements, which are important to Merced’s wine and tomato customers. “This SQF score demonstrates that our daily diligence has been worth the effort,” Amalee affirmed. “We take pride in being one of the best plants in the country due to all the behind-the-scenes hard work that goes into achieving an SQF score of 96.”
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