CARPINTERIA, Calif., April 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Hollandia Produce, LP, grower and shipper of Live Gourmet and Grower Pete's brands of living lettuce and leafy greens, today announced it has earned a perfect score on its PrimusGFS certification audit, recently conducted by Primus Laboratories.
PrimusGFS is a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognized audit scheme for the certification of produce sector products – from the growing operations to minimally processed (fresh-cut) produce products.
"We are very proud of this achievement," said Hollandia Produce CEO Pete Overgaag. "Food safety is at the foundation of everything we do. This score reinforces our staff's commitment to adhere to food safety training and related policies and procedures and underscores our ability to deliver competitively superior products that exceed customer expectations."
The Primus audit covered various stages of Hollandia Produce's operation, including pre- and post-harvest activities, cooling, packing, processing and storing, and assessed the company's compliance in three key areas: Food Safety Management, Good Agriculture Practices (GAP)/Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP). Hollandia Produce received a 100 percent compliance score across all sectors.
"Earning this GFSI certification further strengthens our 'valued vendor' status with our channel partners," said Director of Marketing Vincent Choate. "Moreover, food safety program certification and verification reinforces our commitment to transparency and our promise to deliver only the freshest, safest and most nutritious Live Gourmet and Grower Pete's products we can grow."
About Hollandia Produce
Founded in 1970, Hollandia Produce, LP is family owned and operated, multi-faceted agricultural concern specializing in greenhouse grown vegetables. Located in Carpinteria, California, the company grows, ships, and distributes its certified organic label Grower Pete's, and its Live Gourmet® line of products, which are harvested with their roots intact to preserve freshness. The company's signature crops, Living Butter Lettuce, 3-in-1 Lettuce and Red Butter Lettuce are all delivered to market in a see-through clamshell package, which serves as a min-greenhouse to reduce damage, shrinkage and spoilage. As living plants, these products have exceptional long-lasting freshness that retains flavor and color much longer than comparable varieties in the produce department. For more information, visit: www.hollandiaproduce.com.
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