Melvin Marsh International, trading as Melvins Tea in Kenya, has been awarded the ISO 22000:2005 certificate. Mr. Charles Lang’at, manager, SGS (the certification body) graced the event together with Melvin’s partners – East African Trade Hub’s Dr. Fred Kong’ong’o and Ms. Margaret Ouma – who guided the company towards attaining this certification.
“East Africa Trade Hub supported several companies through the process of certification and Melvins Tea is the first among them to be successfully recertified,” said Dr. Kong’ong’o, adding that the company achieved this milestone by working hard and being focused.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 22000:2005 is a food safety management system that can be applied to any organization in the food chain – from farm to fork. It gives confidence to customers as it shows that a company has a food safety management system in place. Having an ISO 22000 certification can help make customers feel more secure in the safety of a business’s product.
“Melvins is a high performance organization and we believe that this standard has helped us in the past ( and will continue to help us) unlock new markets while growing our market share in Kenya,” said Ms. Flora Mutahi, the founder and CEO of Melvin Marsh International.
The company sees this as a step closer to achieving its vision.
Melvins Tea has been in the tea business for the last 25 years. It introduced flavoured teas into the Kenyan market. “Innovation is a key pillar for us and we continue to be at the forefront of developing products to make tea exciting and refreshing for all age groups and communities, “Ms. Mutahi concluded.