We’ve been working during the last few years on upping our game in our certifications. It’s alright saying that Steenbergs is good at this and that, but quite another thing to prove it.
In 2016, we began working on both halal and kosher certification. So far, we have completed kosher certification with the London Beth Din (Kosher London Beth Din) – finalised on 16 December and confirmed 3 January 2017.
After an audit visit and lot of paper trails to be proved, this has enabled over 250 products to achieve kosher certification. At the start, we won’t have any logo showing that our products are kosher certified, but as new labels are printed we will be incorporating the KLBD logo for certified lines. This will begin with a rebranding of the organic extracts range in the first half of 2017.
Now, we’ve started on halal certification with Halal Certification Europe. Because of a different methodology , it means that only those products we blend can be certified and so it will be a much, much shorter list.
At Steenbergs, the key theme is that we must be able to demonstrate that we both appreciate and are addressing customer’s differing requirements for Steenbergs herb, spice and tea products. This is not only about environmental (Organic) and social (Fairtrade; SEDEX), but also about religious and other ethical factors.
We will address vegan and/or vegetarian in the near future, but have slightly put that to the back of the queue because Steenbergs’ products are plant-based and we seek (so far as possible) to ensure no animal products are used in fertilisers.