All food production facilities are now certified as a result of the company's continuous improvement culture
WESTERVILLE, Ohio (July 10, 2012) - Power Packaging, an Exel company, has earned Safe Quality Food (SQF) 2000 Level 2 certification for its rigorous food safety processes at its site in Rosendale, Wis. SQF is a leading comprehensive and global food safety and quality management certification system that provides independent verification that a manufacturer's food safety system complies with international and domestic food safety standards. The Rosendale facility specializes in aseptic liquid beverage processing and serves multiple customers.

With the new certification, all Power Packaging multi-customer food production facilities have achieved SQF certification, completing a process the company began in 2010. All three Power Packaging dry food production sites earned the certification in 2011. The sites are located in St. Charles and Batavia, Ill., and Grand Prairie, Texas. These facilities produce a variety of food and beverage products such as rice and pasta meals, soups, dry drink mixes, and seasonings in a variety of flexible form-fill-seal and rigid packaging formats.

"This achievement allows us to assure customers that their product has been produced, processed and handled according to the highest possible standards," said David Jensen, Power Packaging's senior director of quality assurance. "SQF certification is becoming increasingly important to manufacturers, so the fact that all our food production sites are certified demonstrates Power Packaging's commitment to being the industry leader in food safety."

Power Packaging's approach to food safety focuses on hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP), and it encompasses robust programs that are compliant with the requirements of the global food companies Power serves.

According to Dave Matalonis, Power Packaging director of continuous improvement, the program is part of a larger continuous improvement initiative at the company. "We created our Value Improvement Process (VIP), which is a blend of the best approaches to continuous improvement, to energize and engage associates to actively monitor and improve their work processes. For our customers, this commitment delivers breakthrough results that continue to add value to their businesses throughout our relationship," Matalonis said. "Now, continuous improvement is part of our culture - it's what we do every day."

Continuity in product supply is critical for Power Packaging's consumer packaged goods customers, and the VIP ensures that customers get the same excellent product every time. One key to achieving this result is the company's 5S program, through which associates reorganized the workplace to make their surroundings and work tools more standardized so they can perform their jobs more efficiently. "Our customers have noticed the difference," Matalonis said. "When they tour our facilities, many remark that the VIP is one of the best continuous improvement programs they have seen in the industry."

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