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The Value of SQF Certification in Food Packaging Manufacturing

Having a supplier that produces products to meet food safety standards recognized in the industry is important in today’s packaging world. Retailers, brand owners and food service providers need assurance that the food packaging materials they buy have been produced under the guidance of a food safety management program. Using an SQF certified supplier like Profol Americas offers this assurance.

Profol, a leader in food packaging cast film and sheet, sees SQF certification as an important validation for its food packaging customers. A key component of Profol’s brand promise is to make customers’ jobs easier. Profol strives for continuous improvement and believes that achieving SQF certification offers their partners another level of confidence for receiving safe, quality food-grade packaging film.

What is SQF Certification?

The Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) is responsible for developing and managing the Safe Quality Food (SQF) program. SQF is a food safety certification and management program based on sound scientific principles that applies risk-based thinking to control food safety hazards.

Once a company implements the SQF food safety management program, it is audited regularly by a third-party certification body. The food safety certification requirements of SQF provide a meticulous process to manage food safety risks and provide safe products for use by companies in the food industry.

SQF is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). The SQF codes are written with consideration of the industry, customer and regulatory requirements. SQF certification ensures that an arduous and credible food safety system is in place, which helps facilitate customer confidence.

Why is it important today? 

The SQF program is recognized by retailers, brand owners and food service providers as one of the most rigorous and comprehensive food safety and quality standards in the world. SQF standards require establishment of a detailed, comprehensive food safety program through every step of the supply chain. Being SQF certified lets your customers know that you have gone the extra mile to help them lower their risk and exposure. Brand owners can be confident that their products are packaged in consumer-safe packaging.

What can you expect from an SQF certified supplier?

  1. Reliable Food Safety System – Having an SQF certified supplier means controls are in place assuring you are getting a consistently produced product that is being properly evaluated.
  2. Product Traceability – Processes are in place to trace a product through the entire manufacturing process. Unique lot numbers allow traceability from raw material to the finished product.
  3. Increased Confidence – Brand owners can trust that an SQF certified supplier has implemented a food safety program that ensures compliance and safe, quality food for consumers. The third-party certification body performs regular audits of the system. This fact gives owners the assurance that food safety and sanitation issues will not threaten their brand or reputation.

Providing quality, safe, food packaging products to the industry is of paramount importance today. Using an SQF certified supplier such as Profol provides benefits to brand owners, food service providers and retailers that are immeasurable in today’s environment.

Why not take the guesswork and risk out of your supplier selection? Choose a provider that has earned the right to carry the label – SQF Certified Supplier.

Learn more about polyolefin packaging solutions from Profol

Profol Greiz GmbH receives ISO 9001:2015 certification.

Greiz, Germany (April, 2020) – Profol Greiz GmbH is the first German location of Profol to be successfully certified according to DIN ISO 9001:2015. “This certification represents an important milestone, especially in view of the expansion of our product portfolio to include lightweight composite materials for new customers in the automotive sector,” explained Jörg Dörfel, Plant Manager of Profol Greiz GmbH.

As a manufacturer of food packaging films, the plant in Greiz is already certified with the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety. ISO 9001:2015 underlines the further development of our quality management system. This new certification, which is issued by DEKRA Certification GmbH, applies in Greiz in the production of glass fibre reinforced semi-finished products and the manufacture of flat films for packaging, office supplies and technical applications. The certification was granted by DEKRA March 12, 2020. The Profol team began preparations for this certification at the end of 2018.

The quality management system according to ISO 9001:2015 helps in particular to reduce the effort of the widespread so-called “audit tourism.” For a long time, it was common practice for suppliers to have to prove their quality capability to a large number of customers by means of audits. In many markets, the certificate has now become a barrier to market entry. In the automotive sector, it is indispensable and is part of the uniform standard.

“We see the award of the certificate for our plant in Greiz as a starting point and challenge to establish the quality management system according to ISO 9001:2015 as the new standard in our plants of the Profol Group,” explained Dr. Philipp Schieferdecker, Managing Director of Profol.

About Profol

Profol is a global leader in cast film and sheet and has expanded to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of polyolefin cast films used in an ever-increasing list of commercial products – from flexible packaging to motor vehicles and household furniture. With locations in Europe, the Americas and Asia, Profol operates some of the most advanced cast extrusion facilities in the world. They have more than 500 employees worldwide who produce over 120,000 metric tons of plastic film and sheet products each year.

See remarkably lightweight automotive composites at JEC World in Paris.


JEC World
12–14 May 2020
Paris-Nord-Villepinte

Visit Profol at Stand C60, Hall 6 »

There will be 1,300+ exhibitors from around the globe at JEC World 2020, but there is one exhibit that will stand out. Be sure to visit the Profol exhibit to see Progano® Lightweight Composite, an advanced fiber-reinforced polymer used to replace aluminum and steel in automotive components.

Why come see us? You’ll get an up-close look at an actual full-size sheet of Progano, which is available in sizes up to 1.2 m x 2.0 m. This makes it the largest continuous glass fiber/polypropylene composite sheet of its kind. It is manufactured in a new, dedicated plant with the capability of producing 20,000 metric tons per year to support demand for high-volume parts. Profol brings 40 years of experience helping customers create product solutions using cast polypropylene materials.

Progano lightweight composite sheet is lighter than aluminum and as strong as steel. Progano helps automotive and other component manufacturers decrease weight, increase strength and improve production efficiency. It can be formed in many shapes using existing thermal presses and injection molding equipment.
Learn more about Progano »

Profol exhibits at PACK EXPO International 2018.

Thanks to everyone for coming out to the 2018 Pack Expo International. See you in 2019 in Las Vegas!

October 14–17
McCormick Place
Chicago, Illinois

Visit Profol at booth N-4984 in the Upper North Building.
Visit show site to see exhibit floor plan »

Profol’s packaging line of cast film and sheet are used for both food and non-food items. Applications include flexible packaging films for manufacture of pouch structures, peelable solutions including lidding, vacuum packaging film, anti-fog film, floral sleeves, textile, overwraps, and shallow-draw thermoforming. We offer packaging films that are FDA compliant, PVC free and BPA free.

Our new CPPeel® family of lidding solutions give manufacturers better options for sealing, protecting and marketing food products. While our CPPouch™ family of flexible pouch films are ideal for single-material recyclability, a wide range of sealing properties, and high-retort packaging applications. Profol also provides film for metalization, film for barrier bags, and many label applications including IML printing. Profol offers clear CPP film as well as film in custom colors, with exceptional tear resistance, and with biodegradable options.