GlobalG.A.P. (Certified since 2001)
GlobalGAP is a standard that specifically applies to the primary production of agricultural products that are meant for human consumption: crop harvested by machine, vegetables, fruit, coffee, tea, cattle, pigs, sheep, poultry and aquaculture (salmon and trout). The certification scheme covers the entire agricultural production process of the certified product - from the moment the crop is planted or sown (checks for origin of sowing seed) up until the delivery of the raw end products. The purpose of the GlobalGAP certification is to introduce parts of globally recognized good practices in the primary production chain. The standard seeks alliances with BRC and IFS to cover the supply chain. For all players in the food chain - 'from farm to fork' - it is of vital importance to extend their competitiveness on the global food market. First of all they should guarantee consumers safe and excellent food products. Consumers more and more value food safety and food quality as well as the social and ecological consequences of our food production processes. Sustainability has become the key for further development of the agricultural sector.
BRC (Certified HACCP since 1998, BRC since 2004)
BRC (an abbreviation of British Retail Consortium): the inspectorate is seated in the UK and consists of retail organisations. The BRC norm describes the hygienic and food safety requirements to which the food processing companies that deliver straight to the retail sector must apply. The BRC and the HACCP show similarities and partly have a common policy. E.g. BRC requires a risk analysis in accordance with HACCP and the critical food safety checks (CCP's) must be demonstrably guaranteed in the production process. However, the BRC requires more regarding hygienic and construction aspects.
SKAL (Certified since 1992)
Skal is an independent organization that supervises the ecological production in the Netherlands. Its objective is to promote the correct designation of ecologically grown products. More specifically: to ensure that what is claimed to be ecological, really is so. As a visible sign of this, companies can put the ecological hallmark on products that are produced in accordance with a controlled ecological production process. This hallmark is clearly recognizable for consumers.
For several customers we also process and pack Demeter products. Demeter is the international label for agricultural products that are grown according to biodynamic principles. Biodynamic agriculture is based on the theory of Rudolf Steiner. Demeter surpasses the term 'ecological' because cosmic influences (e.g. the position of the moon) are considered important for the operational management as well. Besides that, Demeter growers strive for a closed system, which involves that they themselves take care of all materials and necessary means. It is a production method in which fertility of the soil and reinforcement of the natural growth are highlighted. As a consequence, the criteria are stricter than those for ecological products.