Maximum commitment to the highest quality
When it comes to the international trade in fresh produce, food retailers need partners they can count on – partners that ensure that agreed-upon standards are met and that only great-tasting fruit reaches the market. All operations at COBANA are therefore underpinned by a stringent and centralised quality management system.
This includes carefully selecting fruit growers based on criteria such as level of experience, delivery reliability and produce quality; keeping a close eye on intermediate stages such as produce storage and logistics operations; and – in active collaboration with other departments – guaranteeing that all imported fruit reaches its final destination in flawless condition and premium quality. Along with preventive measures, continuous checks form a close-meshed network of controls that has shown outstanding results for many years and that is continuously developed further.
These quality management measures are backed up by a host of certifications. COBANA is currently certified according to the IFS Broker, QS, Organic and Fairtrade standards.
In 2013 COBANA also joined the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). The BSCI is a non-profit business association that strives to improve social standards in global supply chains. As a member of this initiative, we are committed to ensuring that our production partners implement BSCI standards and to verifying compliance through regular audits.
Activities of COBANA’s quality management department
- Quality assurance, including the implementation of all quality requirements in close collaboration with our farming partners in the countries of origin
- Cooperation with companies that provide services along the supply chain
- Development and support of environmental and social projects
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