Global Food Safety Initiative
Awarded the Grade of AA by the British Retail Consortium, Honey Holding l, Ltd., has established a reputation as a provider of high quality honey products. Honey Holding has also received certification from the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
Facilitated by The Consumer Goods Forum, GFSI ensures the safety of global food supply chains by implementing rigorous food management system standards. GFSI employs governments and other influential institutions in addition to food safety experts to create a technical working group responsible for promoting these standards.
With a vision of ensuring food safety for consumers, GFSI organized the Global Food Safety Conference, a 3-day event that brings together thousands of food safety professionals. This event aims to promote awareness of the importance of food safety. It also provides professionals in the food industry with an opportunity to build networks and gain insight from their peers.
The 2017 Global Food Safety Conference will be held from February 28 through March 2 in Houston.
Offering quality products at a competitive price, British Retail Consortium (BRC)-certified food company Honey Holding l, Ltd., provides food establishments with organic honey. Honey Holding has also received a AA rating, the highest grade the BRC awards.
With over 25 years of experience, the BRC works to enhance, inform, and shape the retail industry. Representing over 80 associate members, it also functions as a certification program relied upon by thousands of suppliers in over 100 countries.
In recent years, the BRC has organized the Omni-Channel Retailing and Customer Insight events, which are popular venues where retailers and consumers explore change within the retail industry. These events also highlight retailers’ new methods that help them predict customer behavior. Due to the popularity of these events, the BRC has decided to merge them into a single CX event. BRC CX continues to explore the future of the retail industry by studying the changing expectations of consumers.
The BRC CX event will be held on March 23 in London.
Global Food Safety Initiative
Baytown, Texas-based Honey Holding processes and markets a variety of liquid and dried honey products to premier bakers and food processors across the country. Honey Holding operates with a focus on producing quality honey and participates in the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standards, a leading certification program administered by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
Launched in May 2000, the GFSI provides thought leadership and guidance for food safety management systems and works to ensure that supply chains deliver foods safe for all consumers. It operates with the mission of continuously improving food safety management and works toward four primary objectives: reduce food safety risks, manage costs in global food systems, promote effective global food systems, and facilitate international collaboration. Furthermore, the GFSI serves as a platform for leading food experts in multiple industries worldwide to share knowledge and establish a unified approach to safe food management.
Need for a recognized food safety management system rose in the 1990s, during which time a series of high-profile food safety crises occurred. Consumer confidence in the food industry fell due to instances of dioxin, listeria, and the bovine spongiform encephalopathy, otherwise known as mad cow disease. Food retailer CEOs worldwide decided to take action and collaborated through their own independent networks to create the GFSI, a nonprofit initiative that would be accepted everywhere once certified. In order to unify food safety management across the world, the GFSI networked with existing foundations that included the BRC, the Food Marketing Institute, and the Safe Quality Food Institute.
Today, the Consumer Goods Forum manages daily operations of the GFSI, and an industry-driven board of directors consisting of food service operators, manufacturers, and retailers provides its strategic direction.
Texas-based Honey Holding Ltd, which does business as Honey Solutions, aims to provide a continuous supply of top-quality honey to the commercial food industry in the United States. All of Honey Holding’s honey undergoes stringent testing and processing to ensure it meets U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grade A standards for honey. The USDA has published detailed guidance for evaluating and grading extracted honey.
By definition, extracted honey is honey that has undergone complete separation from the honeycomb. After extraction and processing, honey can be in a liquid form, a crystallized form with solid granules, or a partially-crystalized form that is a mix of liquid and crystal honey. To receive a Grade A rating, honey in any form must be practically free of defects and have a good flavor or aroma. In addition, Grade A honey must be clear and should not contain any bubbles that mar its appearance.
During the grading process, inspectors take note of the honey’s form and color. Inspectors also note the floral sources of the honey, either based on attestation by the producer or packer or through the inspector’s ability to identify floral sources in a sample of honey.
Based in Baytown, Texas, Honey Holding, Ltd. I operates Honey Solution, a premier US supplier of industrial honey. Honey Holding has earned Global Food Safety Institute (GFSI) certification, under the British Retail Consortium (BRC) standard. Originally established in the United Kingdom, the BRC standard has earned recognition as a global food safety standard.
Today, there are more than 17,000 BRC-certified sites throughout the world, along with BRC certification organizations in 90 countries. As consumer demand for safe and high-quality food grows, many retailers insist that their suppliers receive certification under a GFSI standard such as BRC. Achieving BRC certification demonstrates to retailers and consumers that the supplier maintains focus on continuous product quality improvements.
Before making a BRC application, organizations should understand all the steps required to secure BRC certification. Comprehensive preparation and a high-quality application are critical for success. All organizations that desire to become BRC-certified must acquire a copy of the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety and may also wish to purchase BRC’s Interpretation Guideline for BRC Food Safety Standard.
Collecting honey from domestic and international beekeepers and honey gatherers, Honey Holding provides approximately 20 million pounds of industrial honey to American bakeries and food processors each year. Headquartered in Baytown, Texas, Honey Holding has succeeded in becoming one of the largest dedicated honey suppliers in North America. It also maintains a history of compliance with the British Retail Consortium Global Standards and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
Established in 1998 by the British Retail Consortium, the Global Standards serve to protect consumers from contaminated foods and unsafe manufacturing processes. They provide evaluation criteria for retailers who manufacture their own brands of food products and promote consistent quality. In addition, the standards help reduce the number of recalls, complaints, and rejected products.
Certified by the British Retail Consortium since 2012, Honey Holding received an A rating from the Consortium in April 2015 and also exceeded GFSI food safety standards. A number of factors contributed to the company’s accomplishment, including strict adherence to food safety plans and site standards, well-trained personnel, and rigorous product and process controls.