Upfield’s factory in Kenya has achieved an A classification in an AIB unannounced quality audit. This excellent audit rating of the new owners of iconic brands including Blue Band, Flora and Rama is an improvement from last year’s rating where the factory had received a B classification. The audit is based on globally recognised food safety standards and helps demonstrate compliance to good manufacturing practices. Upfield East and Southern Africa Managing Director, Peter Muchiri said the company had been intentional in applying and adhering to strict guidelines in its manufacturing processes to achieve the improved rating.
“Our commitment to quality underscores everything we do and advances our goal of being a company and brand that consumers trust. The consumer drives our business, and we work tirelessly to ensure that we are listening to, meeting and exceeding their expectations,” he said.
The internationally recognised AIB quality audit is conducted annually and focuses on good manufacturing practices such as process control and monitoring, personnel and hygiene standards, facilities and infrastructure as well as compliance to legal and regulatory product standards.
Upfield’s head of supply chain for East and Southern Africa, Alice Majani reiterated the fact that the company’s values inspire continuous improvement. “Our Upfield values of performance, passion and care, drive everything we do. The commitment by our team to these values got us this rating and I commend all Upfield factory associates for always giving their best to guarantee optimum quality to our consumers at all times,” said Majani. Upfield is the manufacturer of the Blue Band range of products and recently launched the Blue Band peanut butter, blue band mayonnaise and the Blue Band cold pressed canola oil in Kenya.