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Food expert joins expanding organic team

Date Published: 25/08/2005

Organic Farmers & Growers has boosted its growing processor department with the addition of a new expert.

New Senior Processor Certification Officer, Susan Berry
New Senior Processor Certification Officer, Susan Berry

Experienced food scientist, Susan Berry, is the latest specialist to join OF&G.

Susan has been appointed Senior Processor Certification Officer following a spell with the business on a temporary contract.

The 51-year-old brings a wealth of experience in the food industry to the expanding processor department of OF&G – one of the UK’s leading organic certification bodies, which has its national headquarters in Shropshire.

With a degree in food science and 25 years in the industry, Susan’s move to OF&G follows time with major food companies and retailers, including Sainsbury’s, Heinz, Grand Met, Hazlewoods and Holland & Barrett. She has also run her own food safety consultancy, tutored in food hygiene at a variety of colleges, is an experienced organic inspector, BRC auditor and Fellow of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health.

Susan’s new position at Organic Farmers & Growers will see her take an active role in the continued expansion of the company’s work to inspect and certify organic food processing.

She said of the move: “I’ve believed for a long time in the ethos of organics and in buying and eating fresh, wholesome food which is seasonal and home grown.

“I see working for OF&G as a natural progression of my passion for the best food and food standards and it’s proved to be a very dynamic place to be, which provides a first-class service and is very effective in spreading the organic message.”

Organic Farmers & Growers is a leading player in the inspection and licensing of organic farming and food processing across Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

OF&G Business Manager, Richard Jacobs, said: “We are delighted to have Susan on board in this new position. The market for organic food is growing rapidly and our Processor Certification Department needs the vast skills she brings to continue giving our licensees the service they deserve.”