The Bell Food Group has a comprehensive quality management system. The quality management system ensures that all relevant statutory regulations, the different standards, labels and customer requirements, and our internal guidelines regarding hygiene and processes are checked, documented and fulfilled. With this system Bell guarantees food safety.
The Quality Management team constantly prepares the plants and their employees for the controls and audits by the authorities (EU, food inspectorates, etc.), customers and certification companies (IFS, labels such as Bio Knospe, MSC, Berg-Alp, etc.) with internal audits, training courses in hygiene, GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice), HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) and other measures.
During the reporting year all locations were again audited for compliance with the IFS Version 6 GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) standard. All existing certificates were confirmed. The BRC (British Retail Consortium) standard was also audited and confirmed for some facilities. The same applies for organic labels such as Bio Knospe and other quality labels such as QS, Suisse Garantie, MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) and the Berg-Alp ordinance for the «pro Montagna» label. These certificates were also all confirmed through external audits at every relevant plant. The authorities constantly carry out risk-based audits of the authorisations to run operations, which were also checked in the reporting period. At least one audit was carried out at each plant. A number of customer audits at various plants rounds off the spectrum of successful inspections and certifications.
The Bell Food Group's sales revenue improved by CHF 327.6 million to CHF 2.1 billion in the first half of 2018. At 268.3 million kilograms, sales volume is up by 19.9 percent on the prior-year period. EBITDA improved by CHF 6 millio...