On April 26, 2005, Yarra Valley Farms became HACCP certified by SGS who is a prominent certifier and world leader in HACCP and other Quality Assurance Program audits. They are also the nominated auditor for the Woolworths Quality Assurance.
SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With 39'000 employees, SGS operates a network of about 1'000 offices and laboratories around the world
This certification was done within one month of application. This is a credit to Yarra Valley Farms and the stringent processes they apply in the day-to-day health and safety and the seriousness in which they take quality assurance.
In 2003-2004, Yarra Valley Farms in conjunction with the CSIRO developed processes to optimise the quality of their produce.
Here at Yarra Valley Farms we hold our produce under three different temperatures 2°, 9°, and ambient temperature. Although not compulsory for HACCP standards, we consider it essential to provide quality produce that maximises shelf life for our customers. It is a scientific fact that different produce breaks down faster if kept in temperatures below 5° and other common produce breaks down faster if kept in temperatures above 5°. This same problem occurs for produce not kept at ambient temperature.
Yarra Valley Farms' sophisticated purchasing system help forecast our replenishment needs. As well as bulk buying daily, our buyers can quite easily determine what produce needs we have coming up over the following days. This allows us to turn over produce much faster and so further improve the quality and freshness of the produce you receive. Furthermore, it allows us to time the purchasing of our produce better and so benefit from upcoming price hikes and so save our customers even more money.