Fresh produce, including all raw agricultural products but predominantly fruit and vegetables, is a global market worth over 250 billion USD. Of all fruits and vegetables grown globally, an estimated 80% and 70% respectively are sold as whole fresh produce.
In this substantial market, retailers and consumers have ever increasing demands not only for quality, but also for transparency into the ethical and environmental practices of producers. To meet expectations and secure the trust of consumers, it’s important to choose the right food safety, quality and sustainability standards.
Being a high-risk product category, fresh produce requires careful harvesting, suitable packaging, fast shipping and proper storage. Delays in your supply chain and disruptions in storage conditions can seriously impact product quality or lead to contamination. Failures at any stage can be detrimental. Quality and safety checks during harvesting, storage, handling and shipping can help you secure your fresh produce supply chain.
Beyond quality, demand for responsibly sourced, sustainable food is growing. Consumers want more environmentally-friendly and ethically produced food choices. Negative press due to worker abuse or destruction of natural resources is bad for brand reputation, and consumers want to know that producers are making sustainability a priority.
QIMA/WQS can help with a range of quality inspections, audits and certifications for the produce industry that ensure the quality, safety and sustainability of your products.
We can help you get certified under a number of internationally recognized schemes:
Demonstrate your commitment to quality and sustainability with QIMA and QIMA/WQS audits:
QIMA offers fresh produce inspections for the following:
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