GFSI recognises food safety pioneers for Global Markets Award

The winners of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)Global Markets aWards 2019 have been announced.

With the volume and quality of applications higher than ever, the four winners were praised for their application of GFSI’s Global Markets Programme, acknowledged for their tremendous efforts in providing safe food, reducing supply chain hazards and working towards greater market access through GFSI tools.

The 2019 winners include:

  • Patisserie Ballion (France): the French patisserie completely reviewed their quality management system to be able to apply for certification through the integration of hygiene training and modernisation of its packaging line.
  • Alfa Argentina (LATAM): the ingredients specialists made their food safety management system completely transparent. This used to be an internal activity but became a more interactive process involving suppliers, clients and even competitors.
  • Golden Sugar Company (Africa): The sugar company boosted its client base beyond direct consumers to multinational industrial clients and reduced food safety related complaints.
  • Ashfaq Brothers Eggs (Asia): To achieve the certification, work included advancing food and quality-related policies.

Mike Robach, chairman of the GFSI Board said: “The Global Markets Awards 2019 recognises the commitment of companies all over the world to their food safety journey. This year, the selection committee focused on the effort and innovations the companies have made in creating an environment for food safety and a culture of continuous improvement.

“These exemplary companies, all from different regions across the world, showed how small companies can provide safe food, reduce risk in the supply chain and become trusted trading partners. All recipients were chosen from the strongest pool of applicants yet who had benefitted in their food safety journey by using the Global Markets Programme. We thank all of the companies that participated.”

The awards followed this year’s GFSI Conference in Nice, bringing industry leaders together to discuss the key food safety trends in the FMCG sector. The Awards intend to reflect the diversity of the Global Markets Programme around the world today from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe.

The GFSI Global Markets Programme is a pathway to certification, providing an unaccredited entry point for companies with a step-by-step programme designed to build capacity within production and manufacturing operations. It is designed to support companies with less sophisticated food safety management systems, setting out how they can meet the challenge of food safety, while simultaneously reducing hazards in global food supply chains.


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