Quality and certification

Quality commitments of the cooperative

A rigorous quality policy
Quality is a major competitive advantage for COOPENOIX. The IFS certification (obtained at the end of 2007 on inshell walnuts and in 2010 on shelled walnuts), enshrines the voluntary high quality approach implemented by the cooperative.
IFS CERTIFICATION:

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The organization of quality managment imposes the implementation of many procedures intended to ensure the traceability of the process and the quality of the products, from the reception of the walnuts through the work-in-process of manufacturing to the shipments to the customers. This approach based on continuous improvement at all stages of production requires the participation and involvement of all the staff in order to bring satisfaction to the customers. Certification is renewed annually during an audit by an independent certifying company.

CONTROLS OF THE PRODUCTS:
DIAGRAM of PRODUCTION (to come)
THE APPROVAL OF INSHELL AND SHELLED WALNUTS:

The first step before products can enter the cooperative's production circuit is the approval.

In the presence of the grower, each and every lot is inspected to determine its classification and so its destination within the cooperative.

The following criteria are analysed :

INSHELL WALNUTS
SHELLED WALNUTS
  • The variety
  • The caliber,
  • The colour of the shell
  • The waste rate = rate of external defects (empty shells, unshelled shells etc...) rate of internal defects (kernels)
  • Humidity rate
  • The color of the kernels
  • The color (white, amber, oil purpose)
  • The form (halves or broken)
  • The quality of the kernels
  • Humidity rate
  • The presence of foreign bodies (walnut shell)

The grower price list rate integrates all these criteria in order to obtain a corresponding payment on the quality on each approved lot.

CERTIFICATION ON TECHNICAL ADVICES

The cooperative has a technical hub of 2 agricultural technicians following-up the orchards and advicing on phytosanitary treatments.

And so, it has an obligation to be certified "PHYTOCONSEIL".

Both technicians have been trained to obtain their individual certificate, and the cooperative is itself certified from 2013.

The aim of this certification is to keep note of all the phytosanitary treatments tips that technicians would have adviced to our producers.

ORGANIC CERTIFICATION

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The cooperative itself is also certified "organic" - meaning that it can receive and work organic inshell and shelled walnuts from growers and guarantee the individualisation of the products.

Several times a year, the cooperative is audited by the "Ecocert" organism.

It also has the "Bio Suisse" certification which allows exportation of organic products to Switzerland.

Growers certification

COOPENOIX is attached to the value of a nuciculture respectful of quality and the environment. Growers cultivates their orchards in compliance with environmental rules. These good practices, both within agricultural holdings and in the cooperative, enables to guarantee consumers a natural and healthy product.
GLOBAL G.A.P

Under the leadership of Coopenoix, a group of growers engaged themselves in a process of GLOBAL C.A.P. certification GlobalG.A.P

It is a guideline document of good agricultural practices, developed by the European large retailers whose main objectives are:

  • rational production;
  • hygiene and food security;
  • protection of the environment;
  • social protection, workers safety and health.

Farms are certified each and every years after an audit carried out by an independent certifying entity Bureau Veritas.

I.F.P. Integrated Fruit Production
  • The IFP is a production system of high quality fruit giving priority to safer ecologically methods, minimising the undesirable side effects and use of plant protection products in order to improve the safety of the environment and food security
  • The implementation of this method is well-accompanied by Coopenoix's technicians who actively participated in the drawing of this walnuts Charter.
ORGANIC

Each year 300 tons of inshell walnuts from organic agriculture are delivered by fifty gowers at the cooperative which is ECOCERT certified.

These figures are slowly increasing each year.

Each grower is audited by a certifying entity. They have the obligation to communicate to the cooperative their organic farming certificate.

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