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Safe Quality Food

Nothing demonstrates our concern for quality in the orchard and packing plant more than our certification of Food Safety assurance in both the warehousing and growing under the SQF program. We are one of the first growers in the nation to receive the certification, which involved an independent audit of all farm, warehousing, and packaging operations by an independent third party certifier, NCSI Americas. Broetje Orchard apple line

SQF is recognized by retailers and food service providers around the world who require a rigorous, credible food safety management system. Using the SQF certification program helps to reduce assessment inconsistencies and costs of multiple assessment standards. What's more, the SQF program is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and links primary production certification to food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management certification. Administered by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), SQF benefits from continual retailer feedback about consumer concerns. These benefits are passed on to SQF certified suppliers, keeping them one step ahead of food safety issues.

Broetje Orchards has implemented and maintained an SQF 1000/2000 level 3 certification since 2001. This means Broetje Orchards has a verified and validated comprehensive food safety and quality plan.

“We chose the SQF program because it helps us monitor the safety and quality of our fruit from seed to the consumer’s table,” Ron Appleby says. “We were doing many of the right things already, but now we have it on record, and being involved in a formal program like SQF increases the awareness of our people. It’s been a great program for us mainly because we have established critical control points from the minute the orchard fruit comes onto our property until it leaves on a truck.”

We understand that consumers are very concerned about where their products are coming, so we chose SQF because it is the strictest, most stringent program of its kind in the world. It is the highest certification we can get. Our customers can feel comfortable and confident that our fruit is safe. We think that’s a big advantage.”