NEOS ALIAKMON

It's all about quality

Quality Certification

The fresh fruits of Neos Aliakmon Coop come from fully controlled estates that meet the strictest quality standards according to the operating protocols of the Cooperative. The fertile plain of Imathia with its special soil and climate conditions, combined with the cooperation of the producers and the scientifically qualified technical department of the cooperative, result in the production of top quality fruit, absolutely safe for consumers.

At every stage of cultivation, quality measurements and controls are included that ensure the unique aroma and special taste of our fruits, as well as their rich content of nutrients.

A.S. Neos Aliakmon has adopted and faithfully implements the following quality management protocols:

The International Food Standard (IFS) is a certification standard that defines the specific requirements for the safety, legality and quality of food products that must be met by businesses that process and/or package food products. It is aimed for companies in the food chain that are active in the production, processing and/or standardisation of food products and is still a useful tool for companies exporting their products or supplying large retail chains (supermarkets).

The BRC standard was developed by the Retailers' Association of Great Britain and is a fundamental, globally recognised standard that sets out the requirements for food safety and quality management systems. The BRC standard was the first to be recognised by the international organisation GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative), placing particular emphasis on good industrial practice and good hygiene practice.

The GLOBAL G.A.P. standard is an internationally recognized standard, which is based on the Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) and is the passport for the export of Greek products. Its aim is the application of environmentally friendly procedures and practices, hygiene and safety of producers and workers. It can be applied either to individual producers or to a group of producers in crop production.

GRASP is an additional GLOBALG.A.P. certificate designed to extend the social standard of the GLOBAL.G.A.P. certification. It helps producers to create an integrated social management system on their farms, thus offering consumers additional security. It is a voluntary scheme developed to assess on-farm social practices to address specific aspects of worker health, safety and welfare.

SEDEX is a global non-profit organisation, with tens of thousands of member companies. Through the Sedex Advance platform, these companies manage and share data on their performance in terms of social responsibility, labour practices, environment and health and safety.

SMETA is the inspection methodology developed by SEDEX members with the aim of having a single protocol with principles, implemented by companies and verified by recognised inspectors. The key pillars for assessment under SMETA are as follows: Working Conditions, Health & Safety, Working Hours - Payroll, Discrimination, Environment, Business Ethics.

The ISO 9001:2000 standard applies to companies and organisations in the public and private sectors that are involved in the design, production or supply, installation and support of products and/or services. It is the most comprehensive of all the other standards in the family and covers all functions and departments of an organisation. This ISO standard gives a broader meaning to Quality Management by approaching Total Quality principles. Total Quality essentially refers to the management and improvement of the organization's processes to satisfy the customer, employee, community through optimal resource allocation, personnel management, effective strategy, policy and leadership so that business results are the best .

ISO 22000:2005 is an internationally applied standard that defines the requirements for the development and implementation of an effective Food Safety Management System. This international certification standard can be applied by any organisation directly or indirectly involved in the food chain, whether it is an organisation that produces, processes or distributes food, or an organisation that produces food contact materials or equipment or provides services to food businesses. The purpose of implementing ISO 22000:2005 is to enable food chain businesses to demonstrate their ability to monitor and control risks to the health of consumers and to ensure the availability of safe food. In developing and implementing the food safety system, the specificities of the business are taken into account, nutritional risks are minimised and good practices are applied.

AGRO 2.1-2.2 is an integrated crop management system, which was created in 1999 by OPEGEP, later AGROCERT. It concerns the certification of the production process of agricultural products. It is also based on compliance with legal requirements, the rational use of all inputs (water, fertilisers, plant protection products) and the monitoring and control of all phases of production in order to protect the environment and the consumer and to produce branded, quality, safe and competitive products.

Neos Aliakmon Coop remains true to its values and with a high sense of responsibility towards consumers and responds to their needs, ensuring excellent quality of fresh products.