DuPont Nutrition & Health recently hosted the 12th annual Food Quality Award reception and ceremony, honoring Taylor Farms of Salinas, Calif., for their commitment to food safety and quality. More than 300 food industry professionals attended the gala event during the 2013 Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, Md.
David Charest, global leader for antimicrobials at DuPont Nutrition & Health, served as the evening’s emcee and co-presented the award with Marian Zboraj, editor of Food Quality magazine. “Global food security is a major focus at DuPont,” said Charest, “and in support of that, we are proud to recognize outstanding achievements by food companies such as Taylor Farms in promoting a culture of food safety and quality throughout their business.”
Mark Borman, president, and Jason Kawata, director of quality assurance, accepted the award for Taylor Farms , sharing a video that highlighted some of the award-winning practices that have helped them become North America’s largest supplier of fresh produce to the food service industry.
“Food safety is a top priority and the driving force in all we do at Taylor Farms,” said Borman. “With the most advanced fresh cut processing plants in the world, combined with our investments in state-of-the-art processing facilities, our customers know they can trust us to provide fresh, safe and high-quality produce.”
Prior to the award presentation, Olivier Mignot, vice president of quality management for Nestlé USA, presented a keynote address that described his company’s focus on consumer trust and how employee actions at all levels are key to maintaining the Nestlé brand promise.
Sponsored by DuPont and presented by Food Quality magazine, the annual Food Quality Award recognizes a North American Quality Assurance/Quality Control department or program that has made significant improvements in food safety and quality with a positive impact on business results. Taylor Farms was selected this year for its outstanding commitment to food protection through technology, research, innovation and training.
DuPont Nutrition & Health addresses the world’s challenges in food by offering a wide range of sustainable, bio-based ingredients and advanced microbial diagnostic solutions to provide safer, healthier and more nutritious food. Through close collaboration with customers, DuPont combines knowledge and experience with a passion for innovation to deliver unparalleled customer value to the marketplace.
DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit www.dupont.com.
Mark Borman and Jason Kawata accept the award on behalf of Taylor Farms from Marian Zboraj, Food Quality magazine and David Charest, DuPont Nutrition & Health