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Libanais Foods Achieves SQF Certification
Skokie-based Libanais Foods brand undertook rigorous Safe Quality Food certification to bolster its standing as the brand expands its distribution
Skokie, IL (February 2, 2024) – Libanais Foods has attained SQF (Safe Quality Food) certification, one of the most rigorous certifications in food manufacturing. Libanais Foods produces Lebanese, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean baklava, cookies, and bread from its dedicated facility in Skokie, IL. As the company seeks to expand its distribution, SQF certification is increasingly a pre-requisite to even start the conversation with larger retailers.
The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) administers the SQF Program, “a rigorous and credible food safety and quality program that is recognized by retailers, brand owners, and food service providers world-wide. Recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the SQF family of food safety and quality codes are designed to meet industry, customer, and regulatory requirements for all sectors of the food supply chain,” per FMI and the SQF Initiative.
Attainment of this certification was the natural next step in the company’s growth and gives buyers confidence Libanais Foods products meet the highest possible food safety standards. “SQF certification sends a strong message to the industry and to our customers: We value safety and quality above all else at Libanais Foods,” says Nadia Lazar, Director of Food Safety and Quality Control. “The third-party validation and certification itself is a wonderful accomplishment, but the real achievement is that Libanais Foods has a sound, tested food safety program that protects our company and our customers.”
With distribution online and in 1,000+ retailers nationwide, including Jewel, Mariano’s Woodman’s, as well as other chains and independent retailers across the country, Libanais Foods is on target for a record-breaking year after shattering its own sales records in 2023.
About Libanais Foods
Since 2012, Libanais Foods has been dedicated to making “little desserts” like baklava, maamoul, Anise cookies and more from scratch, and prepared fresh daily with simple natural, and GMO-free ingredients. Libanais also makes a variety of Pita breads baked daily. With a team of 50 employees, the company produces more than 15,000 pounds of baklava and cookies weekly, and more than 50,000 loaves of pita bread daily, which is distributed to 1,000+ food retailers, grocers, and food service facilities, and available online and on Amazon.com. More information at www.libanais.com and via Facebook and Instagram.