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Del Monte Fresh Produce Receives ISO-9002

Published: Thu 24 Aug 2000 03:45 PM
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Del Monte Fresh Produce Receives ISO-9002 Certification
CORAL GABLES, Fla., Aug. 24 RNewswire-AsiaNet/ -- Del Monte Fresh Produce (Asia Pacific) Limited today announced that its Philippines technical research and export services operation has received the ISO-9002 certification for its Quality Management Systems (QMS), from the Bureau Veritas Quality International (BVQI).
"I am proud of our Philippines operation for completing the rigorous third-party audit against the requirements of the International Quality Management System Standard 9002 and for earning the distinction of being the only Philippines certified ISO- 9002 banana and pineapple export service operation servicing the Asia-Pacific region," said Randolph Breschini, Del Monte Fresh Produce's Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific.
There are many benefits for the Company to establish an ISO-9002 certified QMS, most importantly the Company has been able to redesign its processes to better and more efficiently meet customer requirements. The audit covered every aspect of our business, including grower technical support services, inspection services, shipping coordination services, purchasing services and production estimating.
"Achieving the certification is not an end in itself, but only the beginning of a new challenge to maintain and elevate the quality standards to which Del Monte Fresh Produce so proudly adheres," concluded Mr. Breschini.
BVQI-North America is a worldwide-recognized leader in ISO independent third-party auditing and has certified over 1,500 North American organizations.
BVQI has a global network of offices that have certified more than 31,000 organizations in 60 countries to recognize international quality, environmental, social, and health & safety standards.
Del Monte Fresh Produce is one of the world's largest producers and marketers of fresh fruit, vegetables and other produce. The Company grows, distributes, transports and markets its fresh products to more than 50 countries worldwide.
This release and other press releases are available on the Company's Web sites, www.freshdelmonte.com and www.fruits.com./
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