ROSEMOUNT, Minn. (BUSINESS WIRE) — Sweet Harvest Foods announced Thursday that it is the first U.S. honey company to be approved under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Process Verified Program.
"We are proud to be the first honey company to be Process Verified by the USDA," said Lance Chambers, CEO of Sweet Harvest Foods. "It’s further reinforcement that the investments we’ve made in direct sourcing provide the superior traceability that our customers are seeking and that the industry needs."
For nearly 20 years, the USDA Process Verified Program has offered transparency and independent assurance to customers about a company’s operation and its ability to provide consistent quality products. With strong support from the agricultural industry, some of the largest and most respected companies in the country participate in the program.
For Sweet Harvest Foods, the Process Verified Program is a validation of its direct sourcing model in which in-country employees engage directly with beekeepers and honey consolidators around the world to verify authenticity.
"Because of the strong history of fraud in the honey industry, we opted for government review and auditing of our sourcing processes,” said Chris Nubern, Chief Procurement Officer. “It just provides one more layer of assurance to our robust traceability and food safety protocols."
About Sweet Harvest Foods
Serving some of the best-known manufacturers, distributors and retailers in the food industry, Sweet Harvest Foods is one of the country’s largest processors of 100% pure all-natural honey. As a worldwide leader in the sourcing and distribution of natural sweeteners, Sweet Harvest Foods provides customers with consistent, verifiable quality and operational flexibility with facilities in Minnesota, California and Michigan. For more information, contact Sweet Harvest Foods at https://sweetharvestfoods.com/