HUDISA OBTAINS IFS AND BRC CERTIFICATES AND THUS COMPLIES WITH THE MOST DEMANDING AUDITS TO GUARANTEE FOOD SAFETY DURING THE INDUSTRIAL PROCESS
Hudisa surprised the sector by developing its own system, “24 Hr. Commitment” which guarantees that it takes less than 24 hours to process the products, from the moment they are collected in the field until they reach the facilities, thus ensuring the organoleptic qualities of the raw material and guaranteeing the products, quality and services. Also, in the search for excellence and within the application framework of a continuous improvement policy, the company has undergone selective auditing processes, obtaining the required certificates and endorsements so that clients and consumers can rest assured regarding the quality and safety of all the company processes. Hudisa has FSSC 22.000, ISO 22.000, SGF, Kosher, Halal and CAAE certificates, which allow it to market its products to large multinationals in the food sector and thus guarantee food safety.
Hudisa has gone even further, and has passed new audits: the BRC and the IFS, that are two standards recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), and which are the most demanding for food safety at an international level.
The BRC (Brand Reputation through Compliance) is a specific certificate for food products safety, which ensures suppliers and distributors ability to guarantee the quality and safety of available food products. It includes everything from product safety, integrity, legality and quality management, to controls in the food manufacturing, processing and packaging industry.
The IFS (International Food Standard) is a common food safety standard with a specific assessment system used for supplier grading and selection. It helps to guarantee product food safety and controls the quality level of food product producers: showing a commitment to food safety, quality and legality, and working towards continuous improvement. Two new certificates with which Hudisa seeks to maximise excellence in quality, safety and customer satisfaction.
Obtaining these two new certificates strengthens HUDISA’s corporate philosophy, which is based on clear objectives: to preserve the natural quality of the fruit during the whole process, guaranteeing quality control and food safety during all stages and satisfying customers’ expectations as well as their needs.
In order to obtain these certificates, it has been essential to involve Hudisa’s whole workforce and they have had to adapt to new standards and protocols. The company has also had to heavily invest in process improvements in order to pass the rigorous audits.
Hudisa produces and markets strawberry, raspberry, blackberry and blueberry purées, concentrates as well as frozen fruit and is working in three different product ranges, which are: conventional, Baby Food and Organic lines. It is currently the leading company in processed red fruit in the south of Europe with a production potential of over 20 million kilos per year. The shareholders include the main red fruit producing cooperatives, joining over 1000 farmer families, who take the greatest care of their fruit, as well as the Savings Bank, Caja Rural del Sur and Huelva Provincial Council (Diputación de Huelva).