Big Names Join SOFHT as Supporting Company Members

Three big names in the food and associated industries have joined The Society of Food Hygiene (SOFHT) as Supporting Company Members.

International Procurement and Logistics (IPL), a major procurement company for many of the retail multiples, Needlers, the UK’s leading specialist supplier of PPE products, safety products and hygiene products to the food industry and ISS Facility Services, the leading global supplier of facility services have joined the likes of Asda, Tesco and Sealed Air as major society supporters.

Established by SOFHT in 2003 as part of a major drive to enlist the support of larger organisations within the food manufacturing, retailing and related industries, Supporting Company Membership maximises the services provided to members, such as seminars and training events as well as helping to enhance SOFHT’s position as the ‘voice of food hygiene’.

The food retail sector is represented by Asda, Musgrave Retail Partners GB, Tesco, Waitrose, Tate & Lyle Sugars, Morrisons, Müller Dairy, Panesar Foods, Samworth Brothers and Greggs. Supporting the Society from the service sector are Sealed Air, Rokill, Ansell, ALcontrol, Biomaster, Byotrol and NSF International.  Senior representatives from each of these organisations attend meetings every six months. They recognise the key role they have in the development of the Society.  Asda and Waitrose have already hosted major one-day seminars at their head offices as part of their commitment to the Society.  The role the Society does, and can play, in helping the development in food safety management across the industry has been acknowledged by these companies.

Commenting on becoming a SOFHT Supporting Company Member, Needlers Managing Director, Alistair Needler said:

“Needlers has been involved with SOFHT for a number of years through our suppliers, and the calibre of members in the organisation makes SOFHT a very attractive proposition as we continue to grow our connections in the UK food industry.

“There’s a big shift in focus towards non critical supply chain traceability in food manufacturing, and as the only food manufacturing-specific, BRC accredited supplier of safety and hygiene products and services, we feel now is the ideal time to leverage our unique range of support services to add value to SOFHT as a Supporting Customer Member.”

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