Quality care and certificates

To guarantee certainty

Quality is a measurable concept. A concept that can be measured in accordance with the standards of different quality systems. GlobalG.A.P. is one of them. It is a system developed by the representatives of a number of European supermarkets. GlobalG.A.P. has been set up as a system to optimally safeguard food quality in supermarkets. The system describes the requirements that must be met by fruit and vegetable growers and suppliers.

Most supermarket organisations in Europe support GlobalG.A.P.. A number of organisations even set having the GlobalG.A.P. certification as a requirement. You can, naturally, assume that a leading company such as Lans complies with these requirements.
Lans is also certified in accordance with other schemes: Planet Proof, Tesco Nurture and Higher Level CBl-BRC (for the packaging company Greenpack).

Global G.A.P.

GLOBALG.A.P. is an organisation within the private market that defines voluntary standards for the certification of agrarian (including aquaculture) products around the entire world.

The GLOBALG.A.P. standards are, in the first instance, intended to inform consumers about the production of foodstuffs at agrarian companies where the contaminating impact of the environment is restricted as much as possible, the use of chemical agents is reduced and that profile themselves as being responsible with regard to health and safety of workers and the well-being of animals.

GLOBALG.A.P. serves as a practical guide for good agricultural practices (G.A.P = Good Agricultural Practice) and can be applied anywhere in the world. The foundation consists of a good partnership between the agrarian sector and retailers who together want to define efficient certification standards and procedures.

The GLOBALG.A.P. website contains an extensive database with data for all interested parties: producers, suppliers, retailers, reporters and consumers. The clear and simple navigation of www.globalgap.org/ will lead you through the extensive information about the GLOBALG.A.P. standards and the related modules and applications.

Global G.A.P. website

GRASP, social paragraph in retail requirements

GRASP (GlobalG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice) is an addition to the current GlobalG.A.P. certificate. The GRASP module assesses whether the company meets a number of requirements with regard to personnel and payroll records, pensions and outsourcing work as well as other issues.

Global G.A.P. website

Planet Proof

What is On the way to PlanetProof?

The independent label On the way to PlanetProof proves (‘Proof’) that you buy a product that is produced more sustainably and is therefore better for nature, the environment, climate and animals. With On the way to PlanetProof, farmers and horticulturalists strive to balance their way of working with the carrying capacity of our planet. That is a process of taking further steps to reduce the burden on our earth (‘On the way to …’).

You can come across the label on dairy, fruit and vegetables, eggs, flowers, plants, trees and flower bulbs. It proves (‘Proof’) that you buy a product that is produced more sustainably and is therefore better for nature, environment, climate and animals.

Who may use the On the way to PlanetProof quality mark?

Only farmers and horticulturists who meet strict requirements may use the On the way to PlanetProof quality mark. These suppliers are certified if they produce or grow in a more sustainable way. Traders, packers and processors of products must also meet the PlanetProof criteria. All this is checked by external independent parties.

On the way to PlanetProof farmers and gardeners work on cleaner air, fertile soil, good water quality and animal welfare. They pay attention to more nature on the farm, processing circular waste and recycling. The requirements for PlanetProof are reviewed every year and tightened where possible.

On the way to PlanetProof focuses on six areas:

Soil, landscape & biodiversity
Production & consumption
Animal health and welfare

Planet Proof

You are a certified supplier of Tesco with Tesco Nurture.

Tesco Nurture (TN10) is a standard for growers of fruit, vegetables and agricultural products. Complying with this standard is a condition to deliver to Tesco. The standard has been developed to ensure that only top quality ends up on the shelves that originates from growers who produce in an environmentally responsible manner while observing the health and well-being of workers. What does it entail? You must prove as a grower that your procedures are in line with the requirements of Tesco Nurture. A few examples from the standard are:

  • All potential environmentally contaminating substances in the food chain must be established and reduced. Only substances or products that do not lead to risks with regard to the environment and human health may be used.
  • Energy saving and recycling. This encourages an even more efficient use of water and energy. Energy plans must stimulate the use of natural resources and recycling of raw materials.
  • Risks to the health of workers are identified and, where possible, reduced. The goal is to prevent accidents and health problems.
  • Growers are audited on an annual basis by an independent certifying institution. If the procedures are in line with the standard, the company is given a certificate. There are 3 certification levels to continuously encourage improvement.

Depending on the score during the audit, the company will be certified at the bronze, silver or gold level.

Tesco Nurture website

British Retail Consortium (BRC)

The Greenpack packaging company where the Lans products are small packaged for its clients and in every required packaging format is fully BRC certified. Below we explain what this entails.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is an inspection protocol used by British retailers and comprises requirements that must be met by suppliers. The BRC demands that a quality system is available, that HACCP are applied and that the environment, product and personnel are included in the system (Good Hygiene Practice requirements).

The BRC scheme consists of an inspection protocol and a technical standard. The inspection protocol is meant for inspecting institutions. The technical standard, an extensive checklist, is what is important for food suppliers.

There are two levels at which a supplier can fulfil its BRC technical standard: the BRC Foundation Level (basic requirements) and the BRC Higher Level (additional requirements). In addition, a number of recommendations on good practice are given. Each of these levels is examined during the assessment, but the company must at least meet the foundation level. The intention is that the company must develop more and more so that the highest level is met at a given moment in time.

A producer meets, in principle, in one go all requirements that the British supermarkets set with a BRC certificate. The BRC certificate is widely appreciated because it has a cost saving effect for the producer and buyer. The European Retail Organisation (CIES) has now approved the standard.

The BRC standard can be compared to the verification criteria of the HACCP Centraal College van Deskundigen (Central Body of Experts) with regard to content, but then supplemented with specific requirements with regard to business set-up, hygienic working practices, personal hygiene, etc.

The Dutch Food Retail Association (Centraal Bureau Levensmiddelenhandel; CBL) has developed the CBL-BRC code in the Netherlands. The CBL-BRC code demands the application of HACCP, a documented quality system and the control of products, processes, personnel and standards for the factory environment. The CBL-BRC code makes provisions for a certificate that is issued on two levels: a foundation level and a higher level.

BRC website

Samenwerkingsorganisatie Beroepsonderwijs Bedrijfsleven (SBB)

Education and the business community play an important role when training young professionals. Upper secondary vocational students learn a lot in practice. Professional work placements and apprenticeships are required for this in a safe environment of an approved work placement company and while being appropriately supported by a workplace trainer.

The approval and support of work placement companies has been placed in one organisation: the Samenwerkingsorganisatie Beroepsonderwijs Bedrijfsleven, SBB, Business and Industry Professional Education Partnership Organisation

To learn in a practical environment we have…

An organisation that approves all work placement companies
One contact for the work placement company and school
One website for work experience and apprenticeships
One Service Desk for all your question
SBB ensures the following:

That there is a good partnership between the school and the work placement company in the region;
That there are sufficient and good work placement companies;
That attention is paid to the interests of the sectors;
That you also have personal contact with your practice-based learning adviser.

SBB ensures together with you that professional education fits in optimally with practice. Students are given the best practical training with a job as the end result and business and industry are guaranteed the professionals that they need.

SBB. Learning in practice

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Tracking and Tracing

The optimum possibilities for Tracking and Tracing have been ensured through different investments at the production companies and our own packaging station. Containers, for example, are already coded during the harvest to ensure that the cause of any problems that may arise can be tracked and traced quickly and efficiently.