A culture of quality
At Sun Orchard® Juicery, food safety is our number one priority. Its importance shines through at every step of our organization, with focus and attention far beyond our Quality Assurance department.
Here are some examples to help illustrate how important food safety is to Sun Orchard® Juicery:
Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Certification
In striving to keep ahead of Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarking activities, we’ve invested heavily in our people and processes in each production facility, resulting in both of our plants achieving Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 2 certification.
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
HACCP is a systematic, preventive approach for identifying and avoiding potential physical, chemical, and biological hazards during food production. As one of the first juice manufacturers to use the HACCP plan, we worked closely with the FDA and the Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia to develop and implement programs that provide the highest level of safety assurance, and helped lead the efforts that made the HACCP system a federal requirement in 2004.
Today, HACCP training at Sun Orchard® Juicery extends beyond QA and into all aspects of production. From procurement to fruit receiving, pasteurization, bottling and finished goods, our operations staff in both plants are continuously being trained, certified, and re-trained in the principles of HACCP compliance.
Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)
GMPs are the federal requirements and standard practices that cover areas in foodservice such as buildings, equipment, personnel and pest control, and are key to a comprehensive food safety system. We are proud to say that our products, programs and personnel consistently earn top scores from our customers and independent quality assurance auditors. Both plants in Arizona and Florida are Kosher-certified and follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs) and GMPs.