May 27, 2020
New certification provides enhanced assurance regarding the safety of flavor ingredients produced at Emerald’s Widnes, UK site
Emerald Kalama Chemical, a global supplier of flavors, antimicrobials and other ingredients, completed the certification of its food safety management system in Widnes, UK to meet FSSC 22000 standards.
With the new Widnes certification, Emerald has expanded the portion of its ingredient portfolio that is produced according to FSSC 22000-certified standards. The site’s food safety system was already certified to meet HACCP and GFSI. Emerald’s other food-grade operations—located in Kalama, Wash. and Rotterdam, The Netherlands—are already certified to FSSC 22000.
“FSSC 22000, HACCP and GFSI are important, globally recognized standards for food safety. Especially during this time of a global health emergency, there is heightened awareness about the importance of hygiene and sanitation, which are critical to protect the food supply chain and keep it moving,” said Wendy Herbst, vice president and general manager, Consumer Specialties.
Herbst continued, “We use rigorous, proactive controls at all of our sites to protect the quality of our products. By achieving FSSC 22000 certifications at all of our food-grade operations, we can guarantee that these controls meet the highest benchmarks in the industry for food safety.”
Emerald acquired Innospec Widnes Ltd in 2015, which included the Widnes site, and expanded the range of flavor and fragrance ingredients offered in the company’s Consumer Specialties portfolio. Since then, Emerald has continued to make strategic expansions at the Widnes facility, including the introduction of new ingredients, such as Kalama® Peach Lactone in 2019, and a $40 million USD investment in dual-source production of Kalama® Hexyl Cinnamic Aldehyde.
“The investments we’ve made at the Widnes site have brought a lot of additional value to our customers by enhancing our capabilities. The FSSC certification is a logical next step; it will provide our food and beverage customers with additional quality assurance, as well as alignment with our other food-grade operations globally,” Herbst said.
Kalama® flavor ingredients produced at Emerald’s Widnes site include Peach Lactone (gamma undecalactone), C-9 Aldehyde (nonanal) and Cyprinal (α-methyl cinnamic aldehyde). These ingredients are nature-identical to the compounds found in many fruits, spices and other plants. They bring fruity, creamy, citrus, rose and cinnamon notes to a wide variety of foods,beverages, cosmetics and home care products.
Emerald’s Consumer Specialties business also offers a wide range of solutions in antimicrobials, aromatics, other flavors, fragrances and multifunctionals. The company’s portfolio of ingredients is trusted by many global consumer brands for its high quality, value and consumer-friendly profiles. These products bring performance to foods, beverages, cosmetics, household care products, perfumery, pharmaceuticals, animal feed and agrochemicals.
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