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 established 37 years ago by a Swiss baker.
Over the past five months, the Company has renovated its facility and implemented safe handling and baking standards.
SimpliFine launched in the market with a range of 21 baked products including breads, buns, muffins, croissants and cakes, under the SimpliFine and Ennsvalley brands.
Certification an indicator of quality
The company’s President, Steven Carlyon, noted that with this accreditation of the bakery division of SimpliFine 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 honor 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.
Yesterday the company hosted the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Akunna Cook and Prosper Africa COO Leslie Marbury to discuss ways the U.S. government can support Kenyan businesses, like SimpliFine, in producing quality, affordable, locally-grown foods in Kenya and distributing across East Africa.
In January this year, the company 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 conducted the inaugural production run of its retail Frozen French fries three days ago, scheduled to launch across the country over the next couple of weeks.
“Today marks another exciting step in our Kenyan success story – the inaugural production run of our retail Frozen French fries, launching across the country over the next couple of weeks. Great work team,” shared Carlyon in a LinkedIn post.