Sonoco is now an official participant in the Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier Network (APASS). The APASS program was designed by Amazon to help support vendors, sellers and manufacturers to obtain certification of their products as Frustration Free Packaging (FFP), Ships-in-Own-Container (SIOC) or Prep-Free Packaging (PFP). Sonoco now provides APASS services directly to vendors, sellers and manufacturers related to package testing in compliance with Amazon’s certification test methods. In this capacity, Sonoco partners with brands to design and certify packaging that meets Amazon's unique requirements and helps companies protect and sell products more cost effectively. Click Read More below for additional information.
Rapak North America, a business unit of DS Smith Plastics and market leader in Bag-in-Box packaging and filling systems, announced today that two of their facilities located in the United States of America, achieved excellent scores of 98 out of 100 points on the new SQF, Edition 8.0 certification audits last month. Rapak has continually scored ‘E’ for Excellent at all locations since 2015.
The SQF, Edition 8.0 Food Safety Code for Manufacture of Food Packaging certification is a company-wide initiative to supply safe food packaging products and a requirement of Rapak’s top key customers within the food industry. Receiving an Excellent score on these audits validates the commitment and dedication of Rapak employees to supplying safe products to their customers.
The annual preparation for the audit is an ongoing process of internal audits, employee training and following daily safety practices:
Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) training twice a year
Follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) daily
Sanitize equipment daily at the start of each shift
The SQF, Edition 8.0 Code requirements are benchmarked food safety standards to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). SQF is an international mark of excellence for certified suppliers and a standard that is currently used by food suppliers in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Far East, North and South America and Australasia. At a time when individual consumers, consumer advocate groups, and governments are demanding safe, quality food, an SQF certification provides a competitive advantage to suppliers like Rapak North America. Rapak plans to continue to maintain this level of superior results and meet any additional customer specific requirements in the future.