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Nutrition

How to guarantee quality and safety in every can of tuna?

We dedicate maximum attention to the selection of raw materials, carry out stringent controls across the supply chain and support consumers in their wellness choices with educational and research and development projects to continuously improve the quality of our products.

Safety and control standards

Bolton Food and Saupiquet boast an ISO 9001 certified quality management system as an example of their commitment to guarantee the products’ quality and the satisfaction of their clients.

Further, both the Cermenate and Quimper factories are certified according to a set of standards approved by the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative), a global organization aiming at fostering the continuous improvement of the food safety management systems. In this field, the Cermenate factory has a FSSC 22000 certification, while the Quimper factory complies with the International Featured Standards (IFS), which cover food risk management processes across the production chain.

Bolton Food and Saupiquet boast an ISO 9001 certified quality management system as an example of their commitment to guarantee the products’ quality and the satisfaction of their clients.

Further, both the Cermenate and Quimper factories are certified according to a set of standards approved by the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative), a global organization aiming at fostering the continuous improvement of the food safety management systems. In this field, the Cermenate factory has a FSSC 22000 certification, while the Quimper factory complies with the International Featured Standards (IFS), which cover food risk management processes across the production chain.

We are committed to carry out stringent and widespread controls across the production chain, from the raw materials to the finished products, using certified external analysis laboratories every year.

When choosing potential suppliers, we only consider companies that can guarantee high standards of quality and hygiene. During the purchasing stage, the selected suppliers undergo a series of audits finalized at assessing their knowledge of aspects related to the quality, hygiene and safety of raw materials. These audits are designed to test the effective ‘goodness’ of the practices used during the sourcing and processing stages as well.

At the same time, we also invite our key suppliers to visit our factories. This gives them an opportunity to get a better understanding of our production processes as well as our principles of conduct and our approach to quality and sustainability

We periodically perform quali-quantitative researches on finished products in order to monitor consumers’ sensory perception of our products.

In 2016, in order to develop innovative methodologies for the conservation and sterilization of our products, we signed a collaborative agreement with the University of Western Brittany’s Laboratory of Biodiversity and Microbiology.

The traceabilty of our products

Traceability is a key tool to guarantee food safety and promote protection of the marine ecosystem.

For this reason, in 2015, we were the first Italian company and among the first in the world to obtain international ISO 22005 certification (Traceability in the feed and food chains) from DNV-GL. This certification enables us to monitor a complex supply chain like the one of tuna.

The project:

  • involves more than 500 items on 10 production lines,
  • checks all our suppliers, globally, in real time, rapidly monitoring and controlling procurement data,
  • enables us to provide consumers, who access the Rio Mare and Saupiquet websites to request information, with detailed information certified by an independent third-party body.




The nutritional benefits of our products

We believe that a company like ours should play a key role in promoting proper nutrition through a process aimed at the nutritional and qualitative appreciation of our products.

An important step in this direction has been the implementation of a study on the consumption of canned fish.

The most interesting aspect that emerged from the dossier in nutritional terms was that canned fish has the same health benefits as fresh fish. Both products were found to contain the same nutrient-rich properties, including noble proteins and Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids that make fish an essential element in a balanced diet. The fact that the working processes involved in canning fish have a negligible influence on the composition of the finished product and are only limited to a few micronutrients shows that canned fish is a valid alternative to fresh fish. In addition to being equally nourishing, it is pre-seasoned, ready-to-eat, high quality, safe and sustainable.