Nurturing Consumers

 

 

Drawing strength from our heritage of quality and reliability, we produce globally competitive food products in the most sustainable way possible.

 
 
 

Product Integrity

Drawing strength from our heritage of quality and reliability, we produce globally competitive food products in the most sustainable way possible.

In the United States, we implement strict controls throughout our operations to ensure our products consistently meet the highest levels of quality, safety, and purity. Continuous improvement of our quality system is driven through management review, quality planning and quality improvement teams. The foundation of our food quality and safety programme is based upon the following: Industry Best Practices, FDA and USDA Regulations and Compliance Standards, Customer Requirements, the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the ISO 22000 standard, and AIB guidelines. As of July 2012, all Del Monte-owned production facilities are GFSI certified.

We are regularly challenging and evolving our system to meet the changing needs of both the industry and our customers. We built a multi-layered quality system protocol which starts with our executive leadership establishing the Company’s quality protocol. This quality protocol is then communicated to each of our facilities to provide guidance and direction which is further supported by our manufacturing site level procedures. We further rely on effective packaging to protect our products from damage and contamination once they leave our processing plants.

In accordance with federal food safety requirements, we maintain a product traceability programme that allows us to track products shipped to our customers. We have significantly enhanced this programme to allow for faster and more accurate traceability using electronic tracking of product movement. The system is tested frequently, and test results are used to drive continuous process improvements. Del Monte also maintains records that allow the Company to determine the source of the ingredients used in its products. All of our facility quality managers have received the Preventive Control Qualified Individual certification as part of the Food Safety Modernisation Act.

In the Philippines, our agro-industrial processes are accredited by the world’s leading certifying bodies, with at least 20 quality audits performed during the year by reputable, independent international auditors, business partners and customers. Once again, audit results confirm that our processes meet or often exceed standards for the purchase or importation of food products to certain countries.

In the Philippines, we elevated the bar higher on quality manufacturing with the Food Safety Systems Certification (FSSC) from Société Générale de Surveillance Philippines (SGS Philippines) at the Cannery. FSSC 22000 covers fruit and juice products in cans, aseptic pack, plastic cups and stand-up pouches. The certification ensures the product quality of products manufactured in our Cannery. It is a key requirement for marketing our products worldwide. FSSC incorporate key systems – ISO, HACCP, GMP manufacturing standards into a single system.

The Company has expanded its FSSC certification to toll manufacturers. To ensure that the products manufactured by the toll packers comply with stringent food safety standards, a key sustainability improvement in the Supplier Quality Management Programme (SQMP) of the toll packers includes a provision that toll packers are certified with Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000).

Aside from the FSSC22000, other quality certifications issued to Del Monte Philippines includes ISO 9001:2008, HACCP (Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Points) and Food Hygiene – GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices), certified by Société Générale de Surveillance), Grade A certification from British Retail Consortium for continued entry of our products into the United Kingdom, International Featured Standards for food imports into Europe; Sure – Global – Fair (certified under the Voluntary Control System of the SGF of the European Union) and certifications for HALAL (certified by the Islamic Dawah Council of the Philippines) for countries with Muslim population, and Kosher (certified by Triangle K, Kashruth-Beth Din Congregation and Badatz) for the Jewish community.

The respective Food and Drug Administrations of the United States, Republic of South Korea and the Philippines have issued quality certifications for importation and purchase of our products in their respective markets.

The Company is ISO9001:2008 certified for Toll Manufacturing Operations Quality Management Systems, validating Industry Best Practices in cooperation with manufacturing business partners in producing safe and quality products for our customers in the Philippines. Likewise, our Fresh Fruit Pack House is also ISO 9001:2008 certified in line with the Company’s commitment to quality.

 
 

Six out of ten households in the States have a Del Monte product in their pantry

 

Nutritious Products for Consumers

Our brands are some of the best known and most trusted in the marketplace today. We work hard to earn and keep this trust, and invite consumers to contact us with any questions or concerns about our products. We are always listening for ways to improve our products and service. Consumers can be assured that their feedback will be shared with key decisions makers.

In Asia, our nutrition platforms are anchored on weight management, heart health and bone health. In the United States, we aim to have a good number of our products provide at least half of a cup of fruits or vegetables per serving and to meet healthy nutrient levels as recommended by the FDA. A majority of our products are low in fat and we carry several specialised product lines: organic, low-salt and reduced-salt, no sugar added, and light-in-calories for those seeking additional health benefits or following specific dietary regimes. We have a number of No-Sugar-Added fruit products, and No-Salt-Added, and Reduced-Sodium vegetable products.

Approximately 95 percent of all Del Monte canned fruit, vegetable, and tomato products are preservative-free. None of our vegetables and tomatoes have preservatives, except potatoes. Vitamin C is the only preservative we use in canned fruit or shelf stable fruit cups, which is a naturally inherent nutrient already present in those products. As such, we are recognised as a Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) Role Mode - PBH’s highest recognition level, awarded to those companies which provide significant steps toward improving the health of Americans. We are proud to serve on the PBH Board of Trustees to help drive more consumer demand for fruits and veggies. We are also a national partner of the United States Department of Agriculture’s “Choose My Plate” initiative and member of the Tomato Wellness Council.

We are also proud members of the Canned Food Alliance Executive Committee, where we are committed to educating health and nutrition professionals, as well as consumers, about the many benefits of canned fruits, vegetables and beans and how they can contribute to a healthy diet.

 
 

Peach harvest in Selma, California

 

Non-BPA and Non-GMO Products

In March 2015, we announced plans in the United States to convert to non-BPA packaging and increase non-GMO product offerings. These moves, which represent a majority of the Company’s products, are not a statement about the science around either issue, but come as a direct response and commitment towards meeting the evolving preferences of many consumers and ensuring that all consumers are empowered to make the most informed decisions.

In the United States, we began the process of verifying non-GMO ingredients from suppliers, and, where necessary, sourcing replacement non-GMO ingredients. We also successfully labelled 70 vegetable and tomato products as non-GMO that year. All future non-GMO Del Monte products will be clearly labelled.

Starting with the Company’s fresh pack production in 2016, which begins in May and runs through October, all Del Monte fruit and tomato products, as well as nearly 100 percent of vegetable products found under the Del Monte brand will convert to non-BPA linings. By 2017, all added ingredients in all Del Monte vegetables, single-serve fruit snacks and most tomato products will be non-GMO, representing a majority of our product line (154 products in total).