As one of the country’s largest Honeycrisp apple growers and a supplier to retailers around the world, Borton Fruit understands how reputation, a quality product, and cutting edge technology all go hand-in-hand.
When Jeremy Leavitt, the Food Safety and Compliance Director started with the Company four years ago he saw an opportunity to increase structure based on his previous food experience. Jeremy had a strong background in quality assurance and environmental monitoring programs so he was eager to bring this knowledge along with the latest technology to Borton Fruit to develop an effective food safety program.
Before overhauling what was in place, he needed to first observe how the facility functioned as well as the vast acreage the Company owned and operated.
As a fresh produce company, Borton Fruit does not have the cooking and heating steps that processed food goes through as it is manufactured. Without these steps, it becomes increasingly important to have a rigorous and well organized Environmental Monitoring Program. When analyzing their current program, Jeremy found that:
To help the team restructure their current program, create automated reports that track spending and food testing, streamline their maintenance process, Borton needed a dynamic technology solution. With a properly structured program, automated reporting, and more efficient maintenance process, the Borton team could spend more time doing what they love - bringing fresh, flavorful produce to the homes of many Americans.
Once Borton switched out their old folder system for Corvium, a food safety platform, they were able to get more insights and data to help them make educated decisions on testing.
The software then allows employees to know how they must handle a positive test, by defining a very clear and precise remediation process. Knowing all tests results and remediation’s are in one place better prepares them for unexpected administrative and third-party audits. The brush beds were replaced with brush beds made with antimicrobial material and are now easily cleaned in place during shifts, which helps keep the facility running smoothly and prevents pathogens from building up.
Borton is also able to look at how much money they're investing in their sanitation programs. With Corvium they were able to increase their ROI, by being able to use better tools, expeditor of time, and better focus on areas where they're getting pathogen hits.