GlobalGAP and SGF International E.V. announce their cooperation. SGF will recommend its fruit processing members to buy with preference from GLOBALGAP certified producers.
`With the recommendation to our fruit processors to ask GlobalGAP Certification from their fruit suppliers, our industry completes the control chain by integrating the grower,` said Peter Michael Funk, General Manager of SGF International E.V. `As SGF we now offer a total quality programme from tree to bottle!`
Dr. Kristian Moeller, Secretary GlobalGAP said: `With this cooperation the GlobalGAP standard can meet the farm assurance needs also of a large processing industry. This is a major milestone on the journey towards global harmonization of farm assurance standards.`
Fruit growers need to meet the requirements of due diligence and Good Agricultural Practice in order to satisfy their customers and to allow the final consumers to enjoy good and healthy fruits and fruit based products without regret. This is the common basis of success for the fruit growers around the globe as well as for their customers of the trade and the industry. The fruit processing industry is the other large distribution channel for fruit growers.
SGF International E. V. is the association of the fruit processors and their customers in Europe, Australia and New Zealand and is in charge of a global raw material assurance and control scheme for safeguarding quality, safety, authenticity, traceability and sustainability of semi-finished goods for fruit juices. Its members account for about 90 percent of the European fruit juice market of about 8 Billion Euros.