“Portola has an ongoing commitment to food safety. By pursuing SQF’s
stringent, independent auditing process, this was just one more way we
could prove to brand owners that we hold ourselves to the highest
possible standard,” said Jason Bauer, director of corporate quality,
Portola was the first closure manufacturer to achieve the SQF 2000 Level
2 certification. This means that the company successfully demonstrated
how its operations comply with federal food safety legislation,
including certified Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points
(HACCP), and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs). The certification
process took six to eight months to complete and each facility received a
rating of “excellent.”
“Many of our primary customers--dairy, juice and water brand owners—are
pursuing SQF certifications for their own facilities. As a result,
these manufacturers are likely to mandate that their suppliers also be
certified. We wanted to make sure we’ve already met that benchmark when
the request comes in,” Bauer said.
Additionally, all of Portola’s U.S. facilities are ISO-9001 certified.
Its Guadalajara, Mexico plant received its ISO-22000 re-certification in
“Portola employees are also consumers. As such, we are heavily invested
in the safety of our employees and their families outside of the
workplace. So, we want to make sure that every closure that leaves our
plant and ends up on a bottle or container supports those safety
objectives,” Bauer said.