Sunripe Certified Brands' standards in social responsibility and growing practices have officially been certified by Eleven Rivers Growers, a Sinaloa-based organization dedicated to offering consumers fresh, healthy, safe and sustainable products. The brand is one of only three companies certified by Eleven Rivers Growers, as the certification process requires an entry audit followed by weekly audits to ensure the highest quality standards demanded by consumers, buyers, and authorities across the globe.
Sunripe Certified Brands, also known as Vitanova Fresh Produce in Mexico, looked at a variety of certifications that would support the company’s commitment to its buyers and consumers. Ultimately, the brand chose to move forward with Eleven Rivers Growers because of their methods of auditing.
“We felt like Eleven Rivers Growers was the best certification because it was the only program that had consistent audits to ensure that companies maintain compliance with a rigorous set of expectations,” says Jon Esformes, chief executive officer for Sunripe Certified Brands. “Anyone can study for a final exam, but we appreciate that Eleven Rivers Growers tests us weekly to validate our high standards of quality expectations on an ongoing basis.”
The long-term effects of this certification will ensure that Sunripe Certified Brands continues to measure the traceability of its products, while supporting direct pay, health, and safety standards for employees.