Gurme212 has 4 sites in Akhisar. One is Gurme212’s frozen & chilled product factory called EkoFood, 11000m2 and 4000m2 closed area. Second one is Ekofoods’s canned & ambient food factory with pasteurization and sterilization abilities in addition to packing jars, tins, cans, pouches, doypack, PP Trays as well as other packing options. Third site is Ekofood’s frozen warehouse in Ercili which has a
Fourth site is Ekofood’s logistics center which is 15 000m2 capacity where we use only 3000-4000 m2 at this moment.
All facilities are built as per global HACCP norms (explained below) and all of them BRC AA certified.
What does BRC mean?
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is a trade association for the UK food retail industry created in 1992. The BRC has published standards for best practices for the food and manufacturing industries for two decades, and also publishes the On-Pack recycling standards for the UK.
With rapidly growing expectations from regulators, consumers, and retail outlets, companies must be more proactive in their approach to food safety practices. Food safety is of critical importance when working at any stage of the food supply chain to protect consumers, meet customer requirements, and to safeguard your brand. This is most important for Gurme212 products. They are BRC certified which assures safety of the product you consume. #eatsafe #livesafe
What is HACCP?
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) is an internationally recognized method of identifying and managing food safety related risk and, when central to an active food safety program, can provide your customers, the public, and regulatory agencies assurance that a food safety program is well managed.
HACCP is a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product. The HACCP system is used in all Ekofood sites.
Many of the industry’s largest companies adhere to the system as a basis for their food safety management programs and for compliance with GFSI audit schemes.
At Ekofood, we also have HACCP consultants that help us implement systems and procedures to minimize risk in all Ekofood sites.
A food safety program, however, does not just stop with HACCP. To be effective, prerequisite programs such as pest control, traceability & recall, hygiene and sanitation need to be developed and implemented. Additionally, the issue of ensuring that suppliers and distributors also have a food safety program needs to be addressed through development of ingredient specifications and a vendor assurance system.
These procedures also adhere to our farmers and suppliers. Ekofood’s food engineers audit all farms and suppliers to ensure that all products / ingredients used in our products have the accredited certifications.
Which products are HALAL?
Market researches shows that the demand for Halal products is increasing globally. This is also true in the Turkish food market. The major religion is Turkey is Islam which requires food products to be labelled as halal. Here at Ekofood we have over 50 products labelled as Halal, including our vegetable and fruit ranges. We particularly focus our certification for our products sold within the United States of America, as well as locally.
The term Halal is best translated to “permissible or lawful” and is particularly associated with dietary laws, with specific accordance to meat processing. Essentially, vegetarian cuisine is halal is if does not contain any alcohol.
At Ekofood, special ingredients are used in order to produce Halal products. For example, when adding vinegar to pickles or tomatoes, non-alcoholic vinegar is added. Ekofood has
Which products are KOSHER?
There are three main kosher food categories; Meat, Dairy and Pareve (neutral) for foods that are not meat or dairy, including fish, eggs, and plant-based foods.
As of 2020, Ekofood has over 25 products that have received Kosher certification.
Furthermore, all utensils and equipment used to process and clean meat and dairy must be kept separate — even down to the sinks in which they’re washed. Although Gurme212 has not any meat and dairy processing, we use special procedures to prevent any kind of cross contaminations.
Pareve food items are considered neutral and may be eaten alongside either meat or dairy. However, if a pareve food item is prepared or processed using any equipment used to process meat or dairy, it may be reclassified as meat, dairy, or non-kosher. There is a restricted rule about using the Kosher Logo on the labels. The process of having a product labelled as kosher is an extraneous process that relies heavily by an onsite audit of the facility / site in question, followed by external testing. Yearly audits are also performed in order for the products to maintain Kosher certification.
How to get EU ORGANIC?
Since Ekofood sells its products globally, we are interested in the food regulations and systems of each country. But the being organic is a little different. Organic food is the product of a farming system which avoids the use of man-made fertilizers, pesticides; growth regulators and livestock feed additives. Irradiation and the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or products produced from or by GMOs are generally prohibited by organic legislation. Organic certification has different rules for each country. EU Certification enables your organic products to be commercialized within the European Union. In order to obtain the green EU logo and the mention “organic”, your products must be certified by a certification body approved by the competent authorities. On the other hand, farmers (as a producer) have to comply EU organic certification. From seed to plant, from plant to fruit, you should save the organic chain to achieve organic product.
Here at Ekofood, we have obtained both the RU Organic Certificate, as well as the USDA Organic Certificate. We have over 20 products on both certificates.
What is special with USDA ORGANIC?
If you want to sell Organic Products to the USA, you have to obey certain rules while producing them. The National Organic Program (NOP) develops these rules & regulations for the production, handling, labeling, and enforcement of all USDA organic products. This process, referred to as rulemaking, involves input from the National Organic Standards Board and the public.
What is SEDEX and social responsibility?
Big or developing companies have to obey some rules related to labor rights and social and environmental responsibilities. Ekofood has a system that regulates these manners called Smeta 4 Pillar (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) and we are well implementing these rules for us (our workers and the environment that we live) first and we consider it globally.
SMETA is an audit methodology, providing a compilation of best practice ethical audit techniques. It is designed to help auditors conduct high quality audits that encompass all aspects of responsible business practice, covering Sedex’s four pillars of Labour, Health and Safety, Environment and Business Ethics.
We try to teach this system to all our supply chain, from farmers to packaging suppliers, to maintenance services.