As a nut-obsessed individual, I’m always on the hunt for growers and farmers markets selling farm-direct walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and pistachios. But when it comes to sourcing nuts to for food manufacturing, putting a premium on safety (especially given past salmonella scares) completely makes sense.
That’s why a press release about RF Biocidics, Inc., “a food safety company providing an environmentally friendly and chemical-free alternative for disinfection and disinfestation,” caught my eye.
Seems they sold a machine to Ready Roast Nut Company, a provider of value-added tree nuts to the dairy, snack food, bakery and confectionery industries in Madera, California. This machine delivers the type of safety you need in your foods, to avoid expensive recalls or other issues. Thomas Finn, Managing Partner says:
“We now have the potential to offer our customers another option for a validated, continuous process, kill step that is approved for both conventional and organic tree nuts. This technology enhances our ability to offer a wide range of roasted tree nuts.”
The Ready Roast facility was named “Plant of the Year” in 2013 by the DFA of California, an organization that promotes food safety and quality standards for the dried fruit and nut industries. Ready Roast is certified SQF level 3, a comprehensive certification of food safety/HACCP and Quality programs.
For smart sourcing, this nut processor find is just nuts, in a good way.
P.S. When wanting to source directly from a farm, ask how they process their nuts. They very well could send them to a place like Ready Roast then back to the farm, helping you meet all your goals!
Loving the harvest at Glashoff Walnuts