KENYA – SimpliFine, one of Kenya’s leading producers of bread, meat and vegetable products, has announced that it has renewed its International Organization for Standards 22000 certification (ISO 22000) for its bakery division, just two weeks after its meat division was FSSC 22000 certified.
ISO harmonizes the requirements for food safety management ensuring a focused, coherent and integrated food safety management system.
The company’s Business Manager Kyle temple-Murray, expounded that ISO 22000 delivers a framework for food safety management using best practices to ensure consumer safety.
“By extending ISO 22000 certification to SimpliFine Bakery, we are further demonstrating our deep commitment to food safety for our customers,” he said.
SimpliFine launched its bakery division in October 2021 following the acquisition of Ennsvalley Bakery by its parent company, BlackIvy, a U.S. company that builds, operates, and scales businesses that drive long-term growth and resilient value in essential sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Ennsvalley is a premium bakery known for its healthy breads, rolls and pastries. It supplies its products to major supermarket chains throughout Kenya, major hotels and restaurants, airlines, embassies, United Nations, Government Institutions, Fast food chains and schools.
The bakery is one of the largest in Kenya and was formerly owned by Unga Group before Simplifine snapped it up.
Over the past five months, Simplifine has renovated the acquired facility and implemented safe handling and baking standards and has launched in the market with a range of 21 baked products including breads, buns, muffins, croissants and cakes, under the SimpliFine and Ennsvalley brands.
The company’s President, Steven Carlyon, noted that with this accreditation of the bakery division and their partnership with BigCold Storage and Logistics, SimplFine’s customers were assured of the highest standards of food production, handling, storage and distribution.
“I am proud of the leadership team and all of our colleagues in the bakery division of SimpliFine. We are looking forward to continuing to serve quality SimpliFine and Ennsvalley products to Kenya and the region,” he said.
During Ennsvalley’s acquisition, Carlyon vowed to honour its heritage by continuing to deliver quality and value to customers. The ISO 22000 recertification is a sure indicator that he has indeed raised the banner.
In addition to the acquisition SimpliFine will took over the production of baked goods at Chandarana Foodplus supermarkets.
The partnership with the retail chain entails driving investments and bringing innovations that will benefit every Chandarana Foodplus store across the country.
Meanwhile, SimpliFine has invested in an Individual Quick Freezing (“IQF”) processing line, a move aimed at expanding its production of fresh French fries to offer frozen French fries.
The company recently conducted the inaugural production run of its retail Frozen French fries, scheduled to launch across the country over the next couple of weeks.