Achieves highest grade for food safety
SAHUARITA, Ariz. – Today, the Green Valley Pecan Company announced that for fifth year in a row, it has earned the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Certification. The BRC Certification is a global standard used to assess food manufacturers and is one of the world’s most prestigious certifications for food safety practices. Green Valley Pecan was awarded the highest grade possible.
The Green Valley Pecan Company was evaluated on food-handling processes such as receiving, storage, processing and packing of pecan nuts at its Sahuarita, Ariz. facility. All requirements for this global standard for food safety were met, making it the only integrated grower and processor of pecans in the world to hold this level of certification. The certification was made official on August 26, 2013.
“This certification reflects Green Valley Pecan’s commitment to providing safe and high-quality pecan products,” said Bruce Caris, Green Valley Pecan Company Vice President. “It’s a tremendous honor and a recognition of the hard work of all 250 employees, along with an unwavering commitment from ownership towards continuous improvements in equipment and standards. These are the reasons why Green Valley Pecan achieved this certification and why our pecans are the best in world.”
BRC, based in the United Kingdom, developed the standards in 1998 to assist retailers and owners to produce quality food products that are consistently safe. The Certification is now considered significant for suppliers not just in Europe but also North America. The standard is divided into seven areas: Senior Management Commitment and Continual Improvement; The Food Safety Plan; Food Safety and Quality Management System; Site Standards; Product Control; Process Control; and Personnel. Additional information on BRC and standard requirements can be found at www.brcglobalstandards.com.
The Green Valley Pecan Company is the world’s largest grower and processor of quality pecans. Family owned and operated since 1937, the company has over 8,000 acres of orchards in Arizona and Georgia with a modern on-site processing and storage plant in Sahuarita, Ariz. Green Valley Pecan distributes pecans to retailers and food manufacturers throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. For more information on wholesale purchases, visit www.greenvalleypecan.com. Green Valley Pecan also sells direct to consumers at www.ThePecanStore.com.