Kalona Creamery Shop & Deli is proud to announce that its facility, along with the 3 other Open Gates Group facilities including: Kalona Farms milk receiving facility, Farmers Creamery and Frytown Warehouse and Distribution, are now Level 2 Safe Quality Food (SQF) certified.

Food safety is a top priority for us. The SQF certification is proof that these facilities comply with regulatory requirements and demonstrate a commitment to food safety. The SQF program is endorsed by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and is recognized internationally.

“Food safety and quality have always been our top priorities and the SQF certification is just one more way we can show that commitment to our customers,” said Sue Gessner, the managing partner. “SQF certification allows our family of companies to reach a new level. It will open the doors to several new business opportunities, especially in the industrial ingredient industry.”

We started the rigorous SQF certification process in early 2016 and spent nearly two years creating the extensive documentation required by SQF food safety policies and procedures. “I am so proud of our employees and what they have accomplished over the last few years,” said Bill Evans, CEO. “This certification requires a company-wide commitment in order to be successful. Becoming SQF certified was our top goal for 2017 and we are excited about what the future holds!”

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