Enstrom Candies earns key food safety certification

Enstrom Candies has earned a key food safety certification that will help the company expand wholesale production.

The company’s production facility in Grand Junction has earned a Safe Quality Food certification at Level 3, the highest level and one that requires a hazard analysis and critical control point-based food quality plan.

The SQF certification, benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative, offers assurance to retailers and food service providers who require a rigorous, credible food safety management system. Enstrom received the certification after months of preparation and extensive audits.

“An accomplishment like this validates all the hard work of our team, their commitment to the company and our customers,” said Patrick Zachary, the new director of manufacturing at Enstrom.

The certification will help Enstrom expand its wholesale business, including manufacturing under private labels, Zachary said.

Zachary brings to his new duties more than 15 years of experience in the candy industry, including a stint as president and chief executive officer of Zachary Confections.

“We’re very pleased to have Patrick join our team at Enstrom. He brings an ideal skill set to help us continue to grow as a significant player on the national scene,” said Doug Simons, president and CEO of Enstrom Candies.

“As Enstrom Candies begins to grow its wholesale line, Patrick will add his expertise in manufacturing, strategic planning, sales and marketing to the team,” Simons added.

A family owned and operated business for more than 50 years, Enstrom makes what it bills as its world famous almond toffee in addition to other candies, chocolates and premium ice cream. For more information, visit the website located at www.enstrom.com.