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RSPCA – Freedom Foods

December 2nd 2011

freedom food RSPCA logoOn December 2nd 2011, Highland Farms were successfully audited by the RSPCA and our premises and systems were granted Freedom Foods Certification. Below is information supplied by the RSPCA with regard to their Freedom Food Scheme.

Freedom Food is the RSPCA’s farm assurance and food labelling scheme. It is the only UK farm assurance scheme to focus solely on improving the welfare of farm animals reared for food.

Whether it is an egg-laying hen, a salmon, or a sheep (or for that matter, any other animal covered by the scheme), we believe that animals reared for food deserve a happy, healthy life. This means providing them with an environment that meets their needs – needs not confined to space, food and water but psychological needs too. So providing a stimulating environment that enables the animals to exhibit their natural behaviour is very important.

We also believe that any farm can rear animals to higher welfare standards as long as the will to do it is there.  Not just small, niche farms producing premium products but also larger farming businesses that supply a wider range of more affordable food.  As more of us look for food with higher welfare credentials, more farms are being encouraged to invest in farming this way. In fact you can already find Freedom Food labelled products in most of the major supermarkets, including  Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morison’s, Waitrose, Booths, The Co-Operative and Budgens.

The Freedom Food scheme covers every stage of a farm animal’s life, each stage governed by strict and compulsory RSPCA welfare standards. So not only do we inspect farms against the RSPCA welfare standards, but we also check the animals are handled, transported and slaughtered to the RSPCA’s standards too.

You can find out more about how Freedom Food works, the RSPCA welfare standards and where you can buy Freedom Food labelled food on this site. http://www.rspca.org.uk/freedomfood

FDA, Establishment Inspection

September 26th – 27th 2011

Highland Farms were selected by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to have a plant inspection and audit (Establishment Inspection Report EIR FEI: 3008581102) at our plant here in Maryport, Cumbria.

The inspector from the FDA, Mr Thomas E. Cote was scheduled to be with us for a full 2 day audit between September 26th and 27th.

We are pleased and very proud to announce that the inspection and audit went well with no violations what so ever reported. We feel that this process can only help and enhance the relationship between the FDA and Highland Farms as we fully support and cooperate with the US Government on all issues relating to Food Safety especially when Highland Farms are one of the major exporters of Frozen Salmon Fillets to the USA. Full details of the report are available directly from either the FDA www.fda.gov of from Highland Farms directly.

Highland Farms of Maryport, Cumbria, Achieves BRC Grade A status

October 2011

Salmon processor, Highland Farms of Maryport, Cumbria, is one of a select number of companies in Europe to achieve the much coveted British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety. It is used by certification bodies world-wide and is recognised as the benchmark for best practice in the retail supply chain.

Following rigorous audits, Highland Farms has successfully achieved grade A status for its manufacturing site, based at Maryport, Cumbria. The news brings major benefits for everyone concerned - from the dedicated workforce to a growing list of international customers. It verifies Highland Farms commitment to the highest standards of food safety, integrity and quality, and compliance with legal obligations, allowing consumers to buy with confidence.

According to the company’s Managing Director and Founder, Jonathan Brown, gaining and maintaining the standard requires an on-going, dedicated team effort. He said: “The foundation of our reputation depends on the outstanding quality and safety of our Salmon products. In order to grow our business and to diversify our customer base in a fiercely competitive International marketplace securing a globally recognised quality standard is critical to our current and future success.”

Highland Farms are committed to Food Safety

Food Safety Training

May 2011

Highland Farms are committed to Food Safety.  As part of this commitment we recently organised a training session for all staff on Food Safety Level 2 (formally known as basic food hygiene).

This course is certified by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health a good and successful day was had by all.

Highland Farms Reach the final of the Seafood Prix d’Elite


March 17th 2011

Our “Salmon Infusions” have been selected as finalists at the world’s most prestigious seafood show; The  European Seafood Exposition held in Brussels 3-5 May 2011.

The Prix d’Elite Competition is part of the famous International Seafood Fair and honours the best innovative products within the Seafood Industry.

The winners will be announced at the show in Brussels on May 3rd during the awards reception after being judged by a prestigious panel of professionals.

Don’t miss us at the European Seafood Exposition and be amongst the first to see this world class innovative product.

Highland Farms Goes To Brussels

european seafood expositionFebruary 2011

Come and meet us at our stand at the European Seafood Exposition in Brussels 3-5 May 2011 where we will be presenting our new innovative product range for 2011.

European Seafood Exposition in Brussels

Commitment to Sustainable Packaging

sustainable_packagingJanuary 2011

Highland Farms have appointed Smurfit Kappa, Tannochside, as the main supplier of packaging for its Maryport production facility.

Our packaging now comes from a company certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council www.fsc-uk.org ensuring that all the trees that are harvested and used for our packaging are replaced or allowed to regenerate naturally.


Expanded Poly Styrofoam (EPS) Recycling Facility Now Open

December 2010

Highland Farms has made the recycling of its EPS packaging material a top priority. On a daily basis up to 1200 EPS boxes with fresh Salmon are delivered to it Maryport production facility which was previously sent to local landfills and buried. EPS is not easily biodegradable and with the new landfill taxes and the long term effect on the environment this was seen as problem of the highest priority.


Marine Hotel Association, Inaugural European Conference & Trade Show

marine hotel associationNovember 2010

Early in November Highland Farms attended and exhibited at the Inaugural Conference & Trade Show in Europe for the Marine Hotel Association (MHA). The event was held at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona and it was a resounding success for our company. The conference and trade show is attended exclusively by cruise line industry executives so it was a great opportunity for us to catch up with some of our existing customers from both the USA and Europe and it gave us the opportunity to introduce ourselves and our products to new potential customers.

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