Equitable Food Initiative Announces Certification of Rouge River Farms; Peter O’Driscoll and Margaret Stuart Discuss
WASHINGTON - Who’s the latest supplier to bolster their operations with an Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) certification? Recent announcements have revealed that Rouge River Farms has added a fourth location to its list of EFI-certified operations, resulting in the full certification of its supply chain.
“Rouge River Farms has been a great example of a collaborative partner, working with EFI since 2017 to achieve and maintain certification for its three U.S. farms,” said Peter O’Driscoll, Executive Director of EFI. “With the addition of their Canadian operation, Rouge River Farms has certified its entire supply chain, which is clear proof of the company’s commitment to continuous improvement through the inclusion of worker voice and agency.”
Rogue River Farms is a year-round supplier of fresh sweet corn with operations spanning from Florida, Georgia, and Virginia to Ontario, Canada. According to a press release, the producer had previously achieved EFI certification for its three United States-based operations, recently earning certification for its fourth and final location in Canada.
The EFI certification program will assist Rogue River Farms in reducing audit fatigue by meeting the labor, food safety, and pest management requirements of multiple retailers through a single certification; developing cross-functional collaborative teams that foster consistency and efficiency; promoting a culture of food safety through safer and healthier work environments; and more.
“Rouge River Farms is committed to responsible farming because sustainability and social responsibility aren’t just trends, they have a direct effect on our future success,” said Margaret Stuart, Senior Compliance Manager at Rouge River Farms. “The EFI certification program has allowed us to document marked improvements at all our operations. We’re grateful to have a partner in EFI that provides us with tools to support our workforce and continue achieving next-level success, which is why we chose to pursue the certification for our Canadian operation.”
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