MEMBER BENEFITS

Plant of the Year

Nina Solari and Pete Katzakian accepting the 2020 Plant of the Year Award  

PLANT OF THE YEAR

Honoring those that go above and beyond

Every year, our food safety team conducts hundreds of  Food Safety GMP Audits, HACCP verifications, and Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) audits on our DFA member facilities as one part of our continuing member services in the realm of food safety. 

At the end of the audit year, the DFA food safety team nominates companies they think showcased the highest level of food safety, quality, and consistency. The review process is strenuous, every year our team searches for excellence, and discovers it many times over among our DFA member facilities. 

Plant of the Year Criteria

The “Plant of the Year” facility goes above and beyond in implementing best food safety practices. This company sets industry-leading food safety policies company-wide and acts as an exemplary role model for others to follow. 
The Plant of the Year is a facility that has demonstrated:

#1 – A commitment to continuous improvement, as evidenced by their facility enhancements

#2 – Success as a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Certified facility

#3 – Dedication to establishing an on-site food safety culture, as demonstrated through food safety training programs for employees, employee awareness and implemented best safe-food practices

#4 –  Among the top scoring facilities during unannounced member audits conducted by Safe Food Alliance

Plant of the Year Winners

Keenan Pistachio
2021
Avanti Nut
2020
El Dorado Almonds
2019
Blue Diamond Growers, - Salida 
2018
Carriere Family Farms
2017
Sacramento Valley Walnut
2016
Primex Farms, Inc
2015
Chico Nut Company
2009
Sun-Maid Growers of California
2008
Riverwest Processing, Inc.
2007
Valley View Packing
2005
Zoria Farms, Inc
2004
National Raisin
2003
Diamond of California
2002
Madera Quality Nut
2001