BRC: the BRC (British Retail Consortium) global standard is one of the most used operational tool for selecting suppliers of the food supply chain, especially by the large-scale retail trade (GDO). This standard represents the company’s continuous commitment to safety, quality and compliance with the health and hygiene regulations governing the agri-food sector.
IFS: the IFS (International Food Standard) standard is designed to promote the effective selection of suppliers, especially those branded by GDO, on the basis of their ability to provide products that are safe and compliant with legal requirements; moreover, it constitutes a model recognized both in Europe and in the rest of the world. It is one of the food safety standards recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), an international initiative whose main purpose is to strengthen and promote food security along the whole supply chain.
PGI: the quality of Piedmont hazelnuts PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) is guaranteed by the Consorzio Tutela Nocciola Piemonte, commissioned by MIPAAFT. The name PGI guarantees users and consumers the quality and authenticity of the product. The Piedmont Hazelnut PGI it is universally known as the best in the world.
ORGANIC: this is a product certification of primary environmental value, which guarantees compliance with precise processing methods throughout the supply chain up to the final consumer. It is a certification that guarantees environmental sustainability, product quality and origin of raw materials.
RAINFOREST ALLIANCE: the RAINFOREST ALLIANCE protocol for cocoa is a worldwide certification program whose aim is to ensure that primary production is implemented correctly and without annoyances for workers and local populations. The main advantage of this protocol is to clearly identify a product whose realization has taken into account ethical and environmental aspects in order to create a more sustainable product.
KOSHER: Kosher refers to the set of religious rules that govern the nutrition of observant Jews. The certification is obtained following a process of control by a specialized rabbinical body that supervises productions in order to ensure that they comply with Jewish dietary rules. The extreme rigidity of these rules constitutes a protection for the consumer regardless of his religion and, over time, has made Kosher certification a quality label recognized in all over the world.
HALAL: the “Halal” certification is used to certify that the products of agri-food chains comply with the ethical and hygienic standards of the law and the Islamic doctrine, which can therefore be marketed in all the countries of Islamic religion. This is a quality, supply chain and product certification that includes not only all the quality control systems, the procurement phases of raw materials and the transformation phases and processes, but also the internal logistics, storage and transport, until reaching the final destination.
FAIRTRADE: choosing the FAIRTRADE ethical certification label means choosing to have a positive impact on the lives of millions of small farmers and workers in developing countries and to obtain supplies from sustainable supply chains, demonstrating a responsible approach to their customers. Fairtrade offers support to local producers from a social, environmental and economic point of view and guarantees access to a fair market.
SEDEX: is a non-profit organization committed to increasing the diffusion of ethical principles along global supply chains and constitutes the largest platform in Europe that collects and processes data on the ethical behavior of supply chains.The Sedex methodology has not created a new certification standard, but has proposed a procedure (SMETA) for conducting audits at its suppliers which collects best practices regarding conducting audits in an ethical and social context.