SMAF Ltd: Quality Control Tailored for the Food Industry

12.2.2018

When you see our trademark on the products we delivery, you can feel safe about the fact that this mark is synonymous with quality and guarantee.

Market is increasingly demanding and requires always more information and certainties. Having a quality trademark which may allow to recognise and guarantee the product is essential. Our mark of Genuine Mediterranean Food and Beverage of Calabria has set itself this important aim since its foundation: the quality trademark and the guarantee label are the answer.

The Quality Trademark “SMAF Ltd” was created with exact purposes:

  1. certifying the Italian origin of the product, respecting environment,
  2. attesting the naturalness of food and beverage (no matter if Bergamot, Oil, Wine, Dairy or Salami),
  3. ensuring the high level of the process in full respect of the rules.

We’re dealing as a Society which loves to provide the Best and Authentic Mediterranean Food (we are S.M.A.F., a Society for Authentic Mediterranean Food) in accordance with a hard technical regulation that associated suppliers have decided to introduce. The aim is to promote the characteristics of Calabrian Food and to have it recognized throughout the world.

SMAF mark on our products is an informative tag that certificates the originality and naturalness of Calabrian Food, supplied by us or by our member producers.

Why the SMAF Ltd Guarantee label?
It will be an added value for the products, identifying a natural food and beverage (Bergamot, Dairy, Salami, Wine, Oil), ensuring the end consumer about the quality of his purchase and making him more conscious of what he buys.

 

THE HIGHEST QUALITY F&B PRODUCTS 

All of our associated supplier manufacturing facilities adhere to strict Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) to safeguard quality and supply of our products.
Their sites are approved by their respective Safety, quality and national health authorities, sometimes they also got the high regarded compliance with US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

We ensure that products are consistently produced and controlled to the quality standards appropriate for their intended use and as required by the Market Authorization.

We take quality and safety seriously, knowing that consumers deserve the best products. This principle guides every process we undertake, and shapes everything we build and create. This is how we meet and exceed customers’ and regulators’ expectations of quality and safety.

We continually assess the safety and quality of our food and beverage products. In this rapidly changing health care environment, we also look to design processes, process controls and customer feedback so we are sure we always meet the needs of our customers.

OUR QUALITY POLICY

We are committed to providing our customers and regulators with products and services that meet or exceed their expectations of safety, high-quality performance, reliability and service.

Our commitment to quality drives every aspect of our business processes and decision-making. We foster a culture of quality everywhere we do business. This means communicating our expectations to all employees and partners.

We monitor all product life-cycle stages to assess opportunities for improvement, including: manufacturing, marketing and promotion, storage, handling, distribution, use and service.

We are also subject to a variety of regulations and standards for products and quality management systems that ensure product labeling information, including marketing materials, is accurate and controlled. For all of our products, we employ robust labeling design processes directed at creation, review and approval of device labeling that is consistent with the applicable laws and regulations of all countries where we sell products. We strive to adhere to all applicable labeling standards and where necessary, include information regarding the sourcing of ingredients for the safe and effective use of our products.

 

CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

In support of our commitment, we have established global processes and procedures that allow customers to provide feedback. Information regarding device performance or services rendered is routinely reviewed so that customer feedback is a primary input to our continuous improvement mechanisms and to ensure the best quality.

 

CONTROL TAILORED FOR THE F&B INDUSTRY

Every year, hundreds of beverages get recalled due to cross-contamination with allergens, spoilage and fermentation, fears of plastic contamination, use of banned chemicals, and other safety concerns. To safeguard the quality of beverages supplied to the market, manufacturers must ensure compliance of the product’s components, packaging, and production processes at every stage.

SMAF Ltd offers extensive testing and quality control for all categories of beverages, helping brands and retailers preserve product quality from factory to shelf. We conduct or make conduct on-site inspections, audits, and lab tests to make sure that your beverages are manufactured, stored, and shipped in accordance with your specifications, and meet the safety standards of your destination market. For example the following standards:

  • Production monitoring and process control
  • Hygiene and GMP audits
  • Packaging checks and testing
  • Microbiological tests
  • Tests to identify pesticides, heavy metals, and other contaminants
  • Shelf life and stability
  • Beverage Lab Testing Expertise
  • Ingredient identification

Among controlled substances we can list:

  • Pesticide residue (plant-based ingredients)
  • Antibiotic testing (animal-derived ingredients)
  • Allergen and cross-contamination testing
  • Plasticizer contaminants
  • Trace elements
  • Unknown contaminants
  • Heavy metals
  • Sugar, acids, sugar alcohols (juices)
  • Water quality
  • Wine pollutants.

Authentic Calabrian Oil: SMAF Ltd selection

23.1.2018

We proudly present our line of Authentic Calabrian Olive Oils:  SMAF Ltd selection. All these oils are extra-virgin, and of two main types: Regular and Biological.

 

QUALITY AND WELLNESS

SMAF LTD deals with all the olive oils labelled in Calabrian DOPs. However, among the oils, stand out the Calabrian “extra-virgin oil”, regular or biological.

Calabria is, now, the source of 25% PRODUCTION OF ITALIAN OLIVE OIL; at the same time, among the top six olive oil of the world, two are Calabrian, and, commercially, Calabrian oil is sold to wholesalers who take this dense, robust Calabrian olive oil and mix it with that of other regions.

Generally speaking, Calabrian olive oil is a very safe and HEALTHY FOOD for the every-day life, providing monounsaturated fats, which can naturally lower cholesterol and risk of heart disease. Further, extra-virgin oil contains antioxidants very useful for said heart healthy. This wholesome antioxidant-rich product also contains vitamin E, renowned for its anti-cholesterol and anti anti-ageing effect. Dubbed as olive oil’s most beneficial health component, its polyphenols are potent antioxidants that neutralize free radicals in the body and reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, digestive problems and certain types of cancer.

As a SYMBOL OF THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET, Calabrian extra virgin olive oil represents an important addition to export product range of Calabria. Its finest Organic Olives are carefully selected and cold pressed – enjoying all the full, fruity flavours of this healthy oil.

Calabrian Extra Virgin Olive Oil have colors ranging from green to straw-yellow and has a distinct fruity flavor and aroma with a slight tinge of bitterness.

After careful growing, a delicate harvesting by hand, and cold pressing in cutting-edge olive press, Calabrian extra virgin olive oil fully reflects authentic tastes and aromas of the land, where the trees grew. In fact, two mains, typical Calabrian Olive Varieties are CAROLEA and NOCELLARA.

Traditionally, these two type of olive trees have always had a symbiotic relationship with grapevines. Therefore, the interaction of the plants with the nearby environment influences the low acidity and a nice depth scent combined with a certain refinement of delicate tones of the oil. Calabrian oil are normally “fruity” with hints of almonds and artichokes as well as a pleasantly spicy note. This rare spicy note is sometimes called ‘pizzicante’ flavour of extra virgin olive oil, and is very important as an indication that the oil is rich in polyphenols. Further, this luscious oil always features fragrant hints of almonds, basil and parsley, and notes of artichoke, lettuce, wild thistle and chicory.

In GASTRONOMY Calabrian olive oil is ideal on fish and in fish sauces, but also substantial enough to match nicely with meat, game, and vegetables. Extremely tasty, this oil is ideal to enhance the flavour of a wide variety of dishes, from pasta to meat courses, cheeses and bruschettas. Especially, extra virgin olive oil from Calabria is ideal when paired with shrimp, lobster, turbot and sea bream, mushrooms, soft cheese, mayonnaise, couscous and yeast-raised cakes. Finally, sweet and fragrant, this aromatic oil will glorify the flavor of any dish to the fullest, embodying a well-balanced bitterness with a light spicy aftertaste.

The typical way to produce Calabrian oil are two: MULTICULTIVAR or MONOCULTIVAR.

The latter means that oil is made from a single variety of olives harvested (during the peak of Calabrian Autumn in October) from olive trees grown in the exquisite clay soil of the Calabrian region.

All the extra virgin olive oils produced in Calabria derive from cold pressing of olives, without the use of heat or chemicals. This ensures that oils maintain an acidity level of less than 0.8% and retain all the positive nutritional benefits of the olives, including good cholesterol, vitamin E and anti-inflammatory properties.

 

OUR SELECTION

SMAF LTD is an intermediary of Calabrian olive oil corresponding to the trade names provided for in Directive 136/6623 / EEC, Reg. EC 2568/91 and Reg. EC 1989/03.

The types we guarantee are:

  • Extra virgin olive oil with an acidity of less than 0.8%
  • Virgin olive oil with an acidity up to 2%
  • Olive oil composed of fine oils and oils of virgin olives with an acidity not exceeding 1%
  • Saffron oil and derivatives of saffron oil of raw olives.

 

SMAF Associates LTD operates in the Calabrian extra virgin olive oil sector as a mediator – national and international “Broker”. Our activity towards Calabrian extra virgin olive oil comes from a long experience in the agricultural products market, in the activities of buying, selling, import-export, logistics, sea-to-land transport, insurance and customs issues.

Our brokerage deals with import-export to USA, Canada, Europe and Eastern countries, from Calabria, Italy, for quality fruit and vegetables of the best brands. We give the right importance to quality Calabrian extra virgin olive oil by transporting it directly from the manufacturer. We guarantee our business partners the utmost seriousness and we have clients of great international prestige. Among the other brokerage countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Philippines, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Lithuania, Morocco, Mexico, Myanmar, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Hungary, USA and Vietnam.

Our company is the leader in the distribution of Calabrian extra virgin olive oil.

The presence of liaison offices in Calabria ensures us a strategic position for the supply and distribution of goods. We are the privileged interlocutor for the Commercial and Collective Catering World and all the business forms that need a service high level as well as a constant and customized quality standard.