Delecta Fruit aces IFS Broker Audit
We are proud to announce that we recently achieved a 100% score in our IFS Broker Audit. This makes Delecta Fruit the first South African fruit export company to achieve this result.
“I am extremely proud of our team for obtaining 100% during our recent audit, as this took utmost dedication and hard work. As we strive for excellence in every aspect of our business, we are grateful for moments like these and we celebrate them as small victories. This gives us confirmation that we are on track with our strategy,” says Van Heerden Coetzee, Head of Technical at Delecta.
IFS Broker is a standard which was created to ensure the safety and quality of products that fill the gap between production and distribution. Trading partners expect Delecta to communicate their product requirements to suppliers and that these specifications will be understood and implemented accordingly.
The standard evaluates the engaged parties to ensure that they have implemented appropriate measures in their service, to ensure that their suppliers operate in accordance with product safety and quality requirements.
Delecta is also expected to monitor their supplier’s compliance with these issues to ensure that the supplied products meet regulatory and contractual specifications.
“This certification provides Delecta with several benefits, including competitive advantage in a highly competitive market, improved business reputation as a broker of high-quality and safe products, due diligence defence, monitoring of compliance with food regulations, and improved understanding between management and staff related to standards and procedures – to name just a few”, continues Coetzee
IFS Broker audits are carried out by qualified auditors of independent accredited and approved certification bodies. The standard includes the following topics:
- Senior management responsibility
- Quality and product safety management system
- Resource management
- Planning and services process
- Measurements, analysis, improvements
- Product defence
Delecta Fruit’s IFS Team: Left to right: Awie de Jager (Managing Director), Cobie van Zyl (Key Account Manager), Mari Falck (Market Access Manager), Van Heerden Coetzee (Head of Technical), Anneke Huysamen (Logistics Manager), Lindi-Nicole White (Key Account Manager), Leon Pienaar (Key Account Manager). Team members not included in the photograph: Bryan Hughes (Key Account Manager), Nelleke van Niekerk (Market Access Coordinator).