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LASENOR LAUNCHES A NEW DAUGHTER COMPANY IN COLOMBIA. LASENOR ANDINA

This new addition will reinforce Lasenor presence in Latin America and Caribe, strengthening customer relationships thanks to a direct supply to the end-users. 

With the establishment of this latest sales and distribution office in Cali, Colombia, Lasenor focus on sustainable growth and offer value-added products to our customers in the region.  

Lasenor Andina has been created because of the acquisition of IGH Colombia SAS, following fruitful cooperation from 2018 that from the first steps put the focus on developing strategic alliances in the Colombian food industry. The acquisition agreement was formalized on Tuesday 18th of January 2022 and stood for a step forward in the “glocal” strategy of the Lasenor group. An essential part of Lasenor’s goal is to offer logistic advantages in the supply chain. Lasenor Andina will play a crucial role in this aim for delivering our products directly to the food manufacturers.  

Santiago de Cali or Cali in Colombia was chosen because of its strategic location, proximity to the market and Buenaventura seaport in the Pacific. This vibrant city is the capital of the Valle del Cauca department and the most populous city in Southwest Colombia. As the only major Colombian city with access to the Pacific Coast, Cali is the main urban and economic centre in the country’s south and has one of Colombia’s fastest-growing economies. From this strategic location, Lasenor Andina will be able to service directly reach the market, supporting customers in the region with local personnel. 

Colombia map

The structure of the new-born Lasenor Andina will mirror other Lasenor business units in the rest of the world. The new company will be a new subsidiary with local, in-house teamwork managing Quality Assurance, Research & Development, Supply Chain & Logistic, Administration and Sales. Lasenor Andina will focus on setting up direct negotiation with the food manufacturer, benefit from having Lasenor production and expertise already part of its nature. 

This investment gives evidence of the Lasenor group’s strategic move to expand its growth towards foreign markets. The group is already present in more than 105 countries worldwide through 5 foreign subsidiaries. Therefore, showing this new operation is a further step towards an already announced corporate growth. 

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FSSC22000: LASENOR USA OBTAINS A NEW CERTIFICATION

Good news for the Lasenor Group. Its subsidiary in the USA has obtained the FSSC22000 certification for food safety management systems. 

The Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000is a complete certification scheme for the auditing and certification of Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS). As a risk-based food safety management system, FSSC 22000 provides a robust solution to meet food manufacturing challenges through third-party certification, assuring effective management to control food safety hazards, minimize risks, and assure safe food production. Using the international standards; ISO 22000 for food safety management with ISO 22002-1, the prerequisite programs for food manufacturing together with additional FSSC 22000 requirements for certification, FSSC 22000 ensures consistent, high-quality audits which monitored by an integrity program to measure and maintain the performance of delivery all over the world. 

FSSC22000 USA

SGS auditing team proceeded with the Food Safety management system certification assessment in December 2021. Lasenor USA team successfully achieved the certification with the scope of manufacture and distribution of sunflower and soy lecithin. 

Lasenor USA, based in Salem, Ohio, was created in June 2019 to introduce Lasenor Group’s extensive lecithin and emulsifier product lines to producers in the North American marketplace. In its desire to offer the highest possible quality standard, Lasenor USA strengthens its presence as a manufacturer of food emulsifiers in the country, where it provides local support to existing multinational companies and local customers in the region. 

Congratulations to the entire Lasenor USA team! 

Quality and food safety; one of Lasenor's main goals

Instilling a culture of quality and food safety is one of the most important challenges that Lasenor has always kept in mind in its business management.

This commitment is demonstrated by the 11 certificates currently held by the company, which guarantee compliance in its full product range according to standards of quality, safety, sustainability, organic production, traceability of non-genetically modified organisms, etc.

Each one of these certificates is evidence of Lasenor’s commitment to the regulatory requirements demanded by the food sector and its clients.

A question of culture

“Getting everyone who works at Lasenor to be able to combine their job activities with the shared tasks of ensuring the quality and safety of food is the big challenge we are currently facing,” says Meritxell Arenas, Lasenor’s Quality Director.

The development and implementation of a culture of quality and food safety is a comprehensive task, involving all departments and employees of a company, as well as its own suppliers and customers. Its objective is to achieve the greatest efficiency and flexibility in all the company’s procedures, in order to obtain the highest quality of its products and services. This allows the most demanding needs of its customers to be satisfied.

As one of the company’s main values, a culture of quality and food safety enables companies to develop an internal process of continuous improvement. In addition, to improve their competitiveness externally and be a distinguishing aspect in national and international markets.

Quality assurance

At Lasenor, the the Quality Assurance Department is responsible for managing and supervising quality and food safety systems and other implemented standards.

This department works on tasks such as the approval of suppliers, customer service, answering product and company questionnaires, as well as cleaning management, food defense, food fraud, audits, preventive maintenance, worker training in hygiene and best practices, along with a long list of additional activities (such as continuous improvement projects) that are carried out in coordination and collaboration with other departments.         

Another activity carried out by the Quality Assurance Department is the follow-up and analysis of incidents, whether they are related to products, raw materials, processes or services. This process makes it possible to analyze the cause, as well as establish corrective actions to prevent these incidents from recurring and to achieve greater efficiency in all processes and departments.

In order to evaluate compliance with national and international quality standards, the implemented standards are audited by a team of internal multidisciplinary auditors. They identify any non-compliance and, together with the different managers of each department, establish corrective actions to solve them. Likewise, audits are also carried out by external accredited bodies which issue a certificate as a guarantee that Lasenor complies with all the specific requirements of each required standard.

Our certifications

Currently, Lasenor has certifications that accredit its quality assurance system and organic production, in addition to the certifications related to compliance with dietary regulations and religious consumption practices.

Lasenor has the following certifications for its quality assurance system;

  • FSSC 22000 (Food Safety System Certification), food safety management certification.
  • ISO 22000, food safety management system.
  • GMP+ (Good Manufacturing Practice System), quality assurance in the manufacture of animal feed products.
  • Identity Preserved Non-GMO Soy, certification that guarantees lecithin made from non-GMO soybeans.
  • RSPO, certification that guarantees the use of sustainably grown palm oil.
  • ProTerra, a standard of social responsibility and environmental sustainability that guarantees the use of sustainably sourced soybeans.

In terms of organic certifications, Lasenor has the following:

  • CCPAE (Consell Català de Producció Agrícola) which is the European public control authority accredited for the certification of organic production. This certification guarantees that the products have been manufactured following the rules of organic agriculture and that they have been checked throughout the process of production, processing, packaging and marketing.
  • ECOCERT, from the National Organic Program (NOP), an accreditation that allows the marketing of organic products in the United States.

Moreover, in the environmental field, Lasenor works with Ecovadis and Sedex platforms for external verification of our commitments to labor rights, health and safety, environmental and business ethics activities.

Finally, with regard to religious diversity in the food sector, Lasenor holds Kosher and Halal certificates. The former is audited annually by a Rabbi to ensure compliance with Jewish dietary standards. The latter is also audited by the Islamic Board annually to attest compliance with the regulations for the use of the Halal Guarantee Mark.

Likewise, as Lasenor works with allergenic products such as gluten, soy and allergens, as well as animal derivatives such as milk, the company has implemented various measures to avoid cross-contamination with products that do not contain these allergens or animal derivatives. These measures enable the company to guarantee that its products are suitable for coeliacs, vegetarians, vegans and people who are lactose intolerant.

Customer satisfaction

Customers continue to place their trust in Lasenor for safe and quality products. This can be seen from the positive results obtained from the indicators implemented by the Quality Assurance Department during the last year, such as customer complaints, returns, along with the reports and audits carried out by the customers themselves at our facilities.

In addition to managing these type of incidents, the quality and food safety system implemented by Lasenor also allows us to detect other weaknesses and turn them into opportunities for continuous improvement.

LASENOR BRAZIL ACHIEVES THE FSSC22000 CERTIFICATION

Always in a will of maintaining the highest quality standard possible within all the Group, Lasenor decided to initiate the Food Safety System Certification in its different factories. For that reason, Lasenor is now proud to announce that LASENOR BRASIL, based in Potim, Sao Paulo State, has obtained the FSSC22000 certification.

Always in a will of maintaining the highest quality standard possible within all the Group, Lasenor decided to initiate the Food Safety System Certification in its different factories. For that reason, Lasenor is now proud to announce that LASENOR BRASIL, based in Potim, Sao Paulo State, has obtained the FSSC22000 certification.

RINA BRAZIL auditing team had proceeded with Food Safety management system certification assessment in January, 20 until 22th, 2020. With only two little no conformities detected, and already fixed, the Lasenor Brazil team achieves with success the FSSC22000 certification.

The success of this process allows Lasenor Brazil to penetrate the market even where high quality standards are required. CONGRATULATION to the entire team!