Lawrence Foods is proud to announce that it has been awarded Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certification-Level 2, by the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), a globally trusted and accepted food safety and quality program. SQF Level 2 is recognized as a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmark, meeting international food safety requirements, and is considered a mark of excellence in the industry. GFSI is the result of collaboration between some of the world’s leading food safety experts from retailers, manufacturers and food service companies.

In order to achieve this level of excellence, suppliers must complete a rigorous training and audit process covering GMP’s, Document Control and Records, Food Safety Fundamentals, Food Safety Plans, Verification and Validation, Product Identification and Traceability, Site Security, Allergen Management and Training, Supplier Audit and Approval, Customer Complaint Documentation, Production Control, Sanitation, Material Management, and Shipping and Receiving.

Les Lawrence, CEO, sees the certification as a reflection of the corporate mission: “Lawrence Foods success is measured by the value we deliver to the public we serve. And safe, wholesome food is a critical component of our responsibility as a manufacturer. In this regard, we are a family owned business that treats the people that eat our products as family!”

“Every member of the Lawrence Foods team is committed to the high SQF standards because we all understand that food safety must be our top priority,” noted Marc Lawrence, COO. “Our culture has always been built around continuous improvement with safety as a preeminent focus.”

Lawrence Foods is a full line manufacturer of bakery ingredients. LFI serves a broad customer base, from retail bakers through CPG industrial customers. Production capabilities include fruit fillings and toppings, icings and glazes, confectionery ingredients such as fondant and rolled fondant, dips and spreads, and dry mixes. The company is headquartered in Elk Grove Village, IL.