The DFA of California, also known as The American Council for Food Safety & Quality, has recognized the Ready Roast Nut Co. facility in Madera, Calif., as the “Plant of the Year.” This award is based on one or all of the following criteria: 1. most improved; 2. GFSI Certified; and 3. the top scoring facility during unannounced audits. According to the DFA, “This facility was recognized for going above and beyond in implementing good food safety practices, setting guidelines throughout the company, and acting as an exemplifying role model for others to follow. Ready Roast Nut Co. was well deserving of the 2012/2013 Plant of the Year.”
In 2013, the Ready Roast Nut facility also achieved Level 3 SFQ Certification. The Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers worldwide who require a food safety management system. Level 3 is a comprehensive implementation of food safety/HACCP and includes an assessment of the quality management systems that is not required in Level 2.
The Ready Roast Nut Co. was established in 2006. It produces large volumes of oil and dry roasted nuts for the dairy and other food processing industries. Its original processing facility was located in Hughson, Calif. In 2007, the company acquired Madera Quality Nut and its most recent facility in Madera was completed in 2012. This new facility, which is partially powered by solar energy, allows Ready Roast to significantly increase its processing volumes and capacities. It was designed to maintain separation of raw products from finished products with a series of sanitation stations between incoming and outgoing products and materials. The company has expanded its product line to include nut butter processing and increased its product packaging lines to include new pack styles such as stand up re-sealable pouches, plastic jars, and a variety of other packaging options.
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