Hearthside Food Solutions

Hearthside Food Solutions has selected DNV to provide GFSI quality and safety certification for the company’s expanding base of manufacturing facilities.

As a contract manufacturer for some of the best-known food brands in the US, Canada and Europe, Hearthside is intensely focused on operational excellence and food safety. It has made an ongoing commitment to GFSI certification to support the companies growing business demand.

“What we make is not as important as how we make it,” says Peter Begg, SVP of R&D, Quality, and Food Safety. “GFSI certification shows that we adhere to the highest standards in our manufacturing and product development processes. It creates trust. That is the most important ingredient in the modern food business.”

“We chose DNV because of their experience, scale, and familiarity with multiple GFSI standards. It’s a case of choosing the best partner,” adds Mr. Begg.

New technologies and advances in quality control are fueling rapid growth in contract manufacturing. This, according to Kathleen Wybourn, Director of Food & Beverage North America for DNV, has intensified the spotlight on SQF, BRC, and the other quality standards within the GFSI platform.

“GFSI allows you to select the standard that best addresses your unique business needs,” says Ms. Wybourn. “Hearthside has multiple facilities, a wide range of products, and a large, diverse workforce. GFSI certification will help take them to the next level.”

Certification involves a demanding series of audits and corrective actions in the facilities being certified. “Our goal,” concludes Mr. Begg, is to get better in every possible way. Certification will demonstrate that we are continuously doing that, not just talking about it.”

About Hearthside Food Solutions

Headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, Hearthside Food Solutions is a leading contract manufacturer and producer of baked foods, snacks, nutrition bars, frozen, refrigerated, and fresh sandwiches/entrees, and a full-service provider of food packaging services for many of the world’s premier brands. The company is also the industry’s largest private bakery. For more information on Hearthside Food Solutions, please visit www.hearthsidefoods.com.

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