Processing / Food Safety for Dairy Processors / Operations / Dairy Processor News
Food safety

Cloverland Dairy achieves SQF level 3 certification

Cloverland Dairy, Baltimore, has been awarded a Level 3 Certification from the Safety Quality Foods Institute (SQF) -- the highest possible qualification, which testifies to appropriate protection being in place from standard hygiene issues all the way up to, and including, terrorist attacks.

Cloverland said it invested $250,000 in preparation for the SQF review, which included rigorous testing of the dairy's quality management system. The formal certificate of registration, which covers dairy food processing as well as ice, drink and beverage processing, is valid through August 4, 2013.

“Consumers demand proof that food safety control systems have been implemented by those who produce and supply food items that they consume," says Ralph Kemp, president of Cloverland. “As dairy farmers and milk processors, we're a family business dedicated to providing the public with the most wholesome milk products available. And this SQF rating testifies to the extent of Cloverland's commitment to safety.”

SQF is among the leading global food safety and quality certification and management systems. Recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the SQF program assures buyers and customers that food has been produced, processed and handled according to the highest standards.

The SQF certification process involves multiple steps. After selecting the desired, goal level of certification, Cloverland Dairy engaged in a lengthy pre-assessment to expose potential weaknesses or shortcomings. Then, SQF conducted the actual Level 3 certification audit, a three-day facility audit that also included a comprehensive review of relevant company documents.

Cloverland's processing facility has 338 employees. A significant portion of all milk sold throughout the surrounding region -- to schools, retail stores, military bases, hospitals, and other locations -- passes through this plant. The dairy processor also manufactures ice cream, beverages and water. It reported to Dairy Foods 2011 sales of $125 million, making the firm one of the 100 largest dairty processors in North America. 

Founded in 1919 by the Kemp family, Cloverland Dairy of Baltimore is a major producer of fluid milk throughout the Baltimore/Washington, DC market area. 

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Dairy Foods Magazine. 
You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

Anderson Erickson Dairy, Des Moines, Iowa

 From this one plant, AE Dairy manufactures a full range of Grade A dairy beverages and foods, including white and flavored milk, ice cream mix (packaged for retail sale and for commercial use), 50 flavors of Greek and conventional low-fat and nonfat yogurt, buttermilk, whipping cream, cottage cheese, juices, sour cream and dips.  


This photo gallery contains additional, unpublished photos of dairy processing facilities featured in Dairy Foods magazine. To view more Behind the Scenes galleries go to our archives page!

1/26/15 8:15 am EST

President's Address --2020 Vision

On Demand They say hindsight is 20/20, but IDFA President and CEO Connie Tipton is turning that old adage on its head. She plans to look forward to the next five years with a focused vision on important changes ahead for the dairy industry. In her address Tipton will challenge industry leaders to be willing to shake things up. She will unveil plans to ramp up IDFA activities during the run up to 2020.

Dairy Foods Magazine

dairy foods january 2015

2015 January

Our annual supplier spotlights issue; A look inside Anderson Erickson Dairy; plus our detection systems Q&A

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Dairy Foods in 2015

Which dairy food do you plan to eat more of in 2015?
View Results Poll Archive


Tharp & Young on Ice Cream: An Encyclopedic Guide to Ice Cream Science and Technology

An at once an all-inclusive guide to the meaning of hundreds of technical terms and ideas needed for ice cream manufacturing, as well as a practical introduction to the ingredients, freezing methods, flavoring, and packaging of ice cream, sherbet, sorbet, gelato, frozen yogurts, novelties and many other kinds of frozen desserts.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Facebook logo 40px 2-12-13 Twitter logo 40px 2-12-13  YouTube logo 40px 2-12-13  LinkedIn logo 40px 2-12-13google plus

Dairy Foods Buyers Guide

cover df july 2013Resource for buyers in the dairy processing industry to find information on the leading suppliers and manufacturers.

Find Ingredients, Equipment, Distribution, R&D and More.

Start Your Search Today.