Food safety certificates confirm high standards
At Cono, we aim to meet the highest standards to ensure our food is not only safe to eat but meets our customers’ expectations in terms of quality. Food safety and quality is a primary focus for senior management.
Cono has a strict Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) food safety plan in place. We manage risks by following a step-by-step approach in accordance with CODEX Alimentarius guidelines. To comply we have to meet comprehensive and systematic food safety and quality management guidelines by producing organisational and managerial policies such as good manufacturing and good hygiene practices. All our employees receive thorough role-specific food safety training. Regular internal audits check all working practices are in line with the latest rules and regulations.
In addition, we carry out internal and external laboratory testing to identify any potential biological, chemical and/or physical issues, and to ensure the delivery of safe and high-quality products.
Using the latest industry-specific technology we are able to trace each lot that we produce through every stage of production, processing and distribution.
The processing and packaging standards at our processing plants are certified in accordance with the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety, demonstrating our commitment to the highest food safety and quality standards. Certification has been undertaken by SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. We are also certified to process organic products according to USDA and EU specifications. Furthermore, we are certified to process gluten-free and kosher products at our processing plant.
Food safety and quality
BRC’s Global Standard for Food Safety is a worldwide certification, recognised by GFSI. The certificate guarantees the standardisation of quality, safety and security in food production and processing, with assured traceability throughout the chain.
In October 2021, Cono Group achieved this certification for the sixth consecutive year, obtaining the AA grade, which is equivalent to the highest BRC food safety rating.
Certified by SGS
The purpose of organic certification is to ensure the integrity of organic products from farm to fork. In the United States, there are two categories of organic certifications: Producers and handlers. The organic handling certificate covers the processing or packaging of agricultural products to ensure organic integrity.
Certified by LETIS
Cono supports the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, which serve as a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Many of our policies, projects and business practices align with the spirit of the Sustainable Development Goals. Furthermore, we have recently become a member of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.
Cono Group presents first sustainability report to the United Nations Global Compact.
A year on from signing up to the UN Global Compact on human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption principles, Cono Group is pleased to chart its progress in its first sustainability report.
The Communication on Progress (COP) report is a requirement under the terms of the UN Global Compact. In the report, we also detail our progress in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the period 2020/2021 as well as additional steps we intend to take to further embed the Global Compact principles into our business operation.
Accompanying the report is a powerful statement from our group president, Andres Braun, emphasising Cono Group ´s commitment to the environment. Our goal is to integrate sustainability into every fibre of our business and, despite the challenges, he says, Cono Group is determined to leave a better ecosystem than the one entrusted to us. We invite clients to read the digital version of our report and see the steps Cono Group has taken in key areas over the past year.