Our Commitment

Setting Standards for Food Safety & Certifications

The Importance of Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls

Here at F&S Produce Company, we know the importance of processing safe produce, so we are regulated by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA).

Another important part of our attention to detail is our Hazard Analysis & Risk-based Preventive Controls Food Safety Plan. Our products are analyzed from farm-to-fork to anticipate and prevent potential food safety and quality issues from becoming problems. HACCP is designed for use in all segments of the food industry from growing, harvesting, processing, manufacturing, distributing, and merchandising to preparing food for consumption. The principles of HACCP and now HARPC have been universally accepted by various government agencies, trade associations and food industries around the world.

Our food safety plans analyze more than 50 product types or flows in our plants and encompass best practices in food safety and quality assurance methods.

SQF Certification at Level 3 – Comprehensive Food Safety and Quality Management System Recognition

An example of our commitment to Freshness and Safety, F&S Produce was an early adopter and pioneer in achieving our Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certification. Since 2009, we have received the highest level of SQF certification, the SQF 2000 Level 3.

SQF is a globally trusted and accepted food safety and quality program, recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and administered by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). It is designed as a food safety program but also covers product quality, a feature that is unique to a certification program of this type. Top global retailers and food service providers around the world support SQF-certified suppliers.

Organic & Kosher

What is Organic?

Organic food refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. Organic crops must be grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes which would make it a genetically modified organism (GMOs), petroleum-based fertilizers, or sewage sludge-based fertilizers.

F&S Produce is able to offer our customers a wide variety of organic vegetables and fruits for retail, industrial, or food service use. F&S operates under the USDA National Organic Certification Program, under the direction of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA). As a certified USDA NOP organic handler, we can procure and prepare almost any type of organic fruit or vegetable product and includes USDA supervised organic meats and poultry containing salads.

What is Kosher?

Kosher foods are those that conform to the regulations of Jewish dietary law. Many vegetarian restaurants and producers of vegetarian foods acquire a hechsher, a certificate stating that a Rabbinical organization has approved their products as being kosher.

F&S Produce is able to offer our customers a wide variety of kosher vegetables and fruits for retail, industrial or food service use. Our kosher products are under the supervision of either the Orthodox Union (OU) or Star-K authorities, to meet the needs of our consumers.

USDA Organic, Kosher, and SQF Certified

Sustainability

Sustainability is Built into Our Process

Being good stewards of our community and our planet, F&S Produce is a leader in environmental sustainability and corporate environmental responsibility, and has extensive programs in place to renew our land, and reduce, re-use and recycle our materials. Our comprehensive strategy includes innovative initiatives in vegetative waste composting, water conservation, energy conservation, and recycling programs.

Vegetative Waste Composting

Our composting operation delivers over 30 million pounds of self-generated fruit and vegetable waste each year, such as the peels, cores, seeds, scraps, and material with decay back into our soil. In this green operation of sustainability, more than 500 acres of company- and other- owned farmland is greatly enriched for our own farming community. By reducing the need for chemical fertilizers and not dumping this material into local landfills, we’re helping the environment and rebuilding the soil with rich, organic matter.

Water Conservation

F&S has installed subsurface water seepage pits and rapid infiltration basins to replenish the aquifers with water used in our vegetable and fruit processing operations. This innovative solution has resulted in a significant reduction in consumptive water usage. In addition, water is used for crop irrigation instead of pumping from agricultural wells.

Sourcing

Our growers are an extension of our company and a key driver behind our continued success – this has been and continues to be one of our guiding philosophies at F&S Produce. We take great pride in the strong relationships we've built with our growers and supply partners. Since the beginning, we've partnered with farmers that share our goal of sustainably grown, quality produce. We collaborate with our growers to ensure they understand and can meet our strict, quality requirements and can tailor their growing practices to meet our customer's needs.

We are committed to supporting our local farmers right here in southern New Jersey and the surrounding areas. Our local season on many agricultural products spans from June through October. Beyond our network of local growers, we have developed a diverse sourcing supply chain with partners throughout key growing regions to ensure we have a continuous twelve-month supply across most agricultural products.

Local Sourcing and Food Miles Focus

With the utilization of over 100 million pounds of agricultural raw materials each year to supply our operations, we actively source about 30 percent of our local raw material needs whenever we can from farms across New Jersey. In addition, we utilize agricultural products from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York.

Our own fleet for outbound shipments make it an effective program to maximize our loads, minimize the number of trailers on the road, and backhaul ingredients and/or other products as a service to our customers. We also utilize rail when possible, which reduces the amount of energy needed to haul our inbound raw materials.

Organic Production

As a service to our customers, F&S Produce is able to offer a wide variety of organic vegetables and fruits, for retail, industrial, or food service use. F&S operates under the USDA National Organic Certification Program certified by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) Division of Marketing. Each year, we have seen increased growth of organic products in all sectors, including packaged retail products.

Distribution

From the Mississippi to the Eastern Seaboard

  • Centrally Located to Reach Large Population
  • Certified Refrigerated Trailers
  • FSMA Sanitary Transportation Compliant

F&S is centrally located in Rosenhayn, NJ, with access to all of the major interstates on the Eastern Seaboard. Our distribution area allows us to reach an estimated 100 million customers with our fresh-cut fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.

F&S Produce guarantees daily on-time delivery through our sister company, Pipco Transportation. Pipco owns a fleet of 50 power units and 100 refrigerated trailers and operates a full time truck and certified refrigerated trailer maintenance shop. By owning and controlling Pipco Transportation, F&S can ensure that it consistently achieves high customer service levels by maintaining product quality in transit and delivering our wholesome products on-time.

Pipco Transportation and F&S Produce participate in requirements to meet the FSMA Sanitary Transport of Human Foods regulations. Our refrigeration units are designed to log temperature and unit performance for analysis. We comply with customer requirements for temperature data loggers placed in products or on pallets. Documented cleaning, loading temperatures and other critical parameters are recorded for each and every load.

F&S Produce Company, Inc.
P.O. Box 489, 913 Bridgeton Ave.
Rosenhayn, NJ 08352

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