Classic Fruit Receives SMETA Certification for Guatemalan Melon Operation; Tom Ferguson Comments



Classic Fruit Receives SMETA Certification for Guatemalan Melon Operation; Tom Ferguson Comments


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CHAMPERICO, GUATEMALA - In an effort to differentiate its brand through its commitment to social and environmental responsibility, Classic Farms has achieved Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audits (SMETA) certification for its melon operation in Classic Guatemala.

Tom Ferguson, Sales, Classic Fruit Company
Tom Ferguson, Vice President of East Coast Sales, Classic Fruit Company

“We are very proud that Classic Guatemala earned the very stringent SMETA certification which highlights quality working conditions and environmental performance,” states Tom Ferguson, Vice President of East Coast Sales at Classic Fruit. “Our team in Guatemala worked diligently to secure this social responsibility certification, in addition to our Rainforest Alliance certification, which reinforces Classic Fruit’s commitment to growing quality melons in a sustainable environment with social accountability.”

SMETA is an audit that is recognized by leading retailers such as Costco, Walmart, Whole Foods Market, Target, and more, a release explained. It includes a rigorous evaluation of environmental compliance, labor standards, health and safety for workers, and ethics within one’s own operations and facilities.

Classic Farms has achieved Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audits (SMETA) certification for its melon operation in Classic Guatemala

Passing this audit is a tremendous accomplishment for Classic Guatemala as it adds additional value as a melon supplier to its customers.

This certification is just another testament to Classic Fruit’s mission to consistently provide safe, quality, sustainable melons to its customers during the offshore season.

Congratulations to Classic Fruit on this achievement!

Keep a tab open for ANUK to see how other produce businesses are dedicating themselves to sustainability and social responsibility.



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