Jersey’s only independent dairy has achieved SOFHTe, the certification scheme from The Society of Food Hygiene and Technology especially designed for smaller food businesses
Classic Herd Limited, which has a small herd of organic Jerseys and processes all of its own milk into various products including organic creams, cheeses and yoghurts as well as ice creams supplies Waitrose, who suggested that the company undertook the certification scheme. SOFHTe certification is accepted by Waitrose and Greggs from smaller food businesses who may find schemes such as the BRC too time consuming and onerous.
SOFHTe certification – which is completed on-line with an unannounced audit – was secured by Classic Herd for its mini dairy and its dairy products. As well as supplying quality retailers such as Waitrose, Classic Herd products are sold mainly in the Classic Farm and Butchers Shop at St Peter in Jersey.
“With a web-based certification system such as SOFHTe, we were able to do things at our own pace, gathering information together as we went along. When running a business it is important to be able to pick up and put down a certification scheme to suit you, otherwise it can be very time consuming. Waitrose suggested the scheme as a lower cost alternative to the recognised scheme we were using at that time in order to ensure our presence in their stores,” explains Julia Quenault from Classic Herd Limited.