Among the recipients of the Safe Quality Food Institute’s (SQFI) recently bestowed Quality Achievement Awards was Publix Super Markets Inc., which garnered the Manufacturer/Distributor/Primary Producer of the Year designation. The distinction goes to an SQF-certified manufacturer, distributor or primary producer that has shown a commitment to excellence through the SQF program.
The awards, which recognize individuals and organizations that contribute to and improve the SQFI program's worldwide mission to provide a rigorous and credible food safety management system, were presented at the institute's 2015 International Conference, held earlier this month in Indianapolis, Ind.
"Producing safe food from farm to fork is a top priority for all food retailers and manufacturers," noted Robert Garfield, SVP of SQFI a division of Arlington, Va.-based Food Marketing Institute. "This year's winners of our Quality Achievement Awards demonstrate how SQF Certification goes beyond a simple food safety audit to inspire a comprehensive food safety system with checks and balances along our global supply chain."
To the honorees, including Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix, Garfield said, "You have gone above and beyond, portraying extraordinary understanding and commitment to global food safety and the SQF program."