Häns Kissle Company, LLC of Haverhill, Mass., recently was honored as winner of the 11th annual Food Quality Award at an event attended by almost 300 food industry professionals during the Food Safety & Security Summit in Washington, D.C.
Sponsored by DuPont Nutrition & Health and presented by Food Quality magazine, the Food Quality Award is given each year to a North American QA/QC department or program that has made significant improvements in food safety and quality, with a positive impact on business results. Häns Kissle was selected for this year’s award due to the quantifiable results it has achieved in meeting its goal of producing high-quality food in a sustainable environment, including technology improvements that reduced energy consumption by 15% and extensive training that produced 25% fewer distribution errors and 19% fewer customer complaints.
"Honoring companies such as Häns Kissle for taking a proactive approach to protecting our food supply is something we at DuPont look forward to each year," said Megan DeStefano, global industry marketing manager, DuPont Nutrition & Health. “As recipients of the Food Quality Award, these companies exemplify commitment in action."
Opening the ceremony was a keynote address by Cloeann Durham, corporate quality assurance manager at Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, who shared insights on closing the gaps in food safety through training and education.
Ken Potuznik, associate publisher of Food Quality magazine, and Megan DeStefano, co-presented the Food Quality Award to Robin Beane, director of operations, and Ken Venti, CEO, who accepted on behalf of Häns Kissle.
“Our company, our work, our products reflects each and every one of us,” Beane commented. “Our team takes great pride in our products and in the work environment that promotes professional and personal growth, respect, integrity and team spirit. Everyone truly cares about all employees and the products we produce.”
Häns Kissle is an independently owned upscale food manufacturing company that supplies salads and related products to retail and food service establishments throughout the country.