River Valley Completes SQF Level II Certification
River Valley Holdings is pleased to announce that it has achieved Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 2 certification for all of its distribution facilities. This certification applies to each of its subsidiaries, Cavallaro Foods and River Valley Foods.
The SQF Program is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and links primary production certification to food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management certification. Administered by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the goal of the SQF system is to deliver consistent, globally recognized food safety and quality certification programs based on sound scientific principles.
River Valley chose the SQF certification over other food safety certification programs because of its inclusion of quality and continuous improvements as key tenants of the program.
The SQF Program is very common in the manufacturing segment, but it is uncommon for a distributor to undergo this certification process. SQF representatives have said that River Valley is one of the first distribution companies in North America to achieve this certification. "We are very proud to be on the leading edge of this area of our industry. River Valley has always focused on quality and food safety and will continue to look for ways to improve our procedures as we move forward" said Gerard Redmond, President of River Valley Holdings.