Interfilm Achieves ‘Superior’ Rating in AIB Audit
GREENVILLE, S.C.—Interfilm Holdings Inc., a national value-added distributor of thin-gauge plastic films, recently received its first-ever audit from the American Institute of Baking (AIB) at the company’s headquarters facility in Greenville. With a possible top score of 1,000, the company scored 900 points, which places it in the ‘Superior’ category, the highest of the audit categories.
The AIB audit evaluates the entire production process, from receipt of raw materials through shipment of finished goods. Operational methods, food safety maintenance systems, cleaning, pest management, and food safety program adequacy comprise the specific assessment categories.
“Our packaging market includes many customers in baking and food processing,” explains Cindy Simpler, senior vice president of operations for Interfilm. “Achieving a Superior rating from the American Institute of Baking validates Interfilm’s commitment to quality and food safety, which are understandably critical concerns for our customers.
“We have found that customers in all of our markets have increasingly high standards for product quality and safety. More customers scrutinize supplier products, processes, systems, and controls as part of their approval process,” Simpler added.
The AIB is an international corporation founded by the North American wholesale and retail baking industries in 1919 as a technology transfer center for bakers and food processors. The AIB audit program includes: a systematic evaluation to determine if programs and related activities achieve planned expectations; the review or challenging of written programs, documentation of activities, corrective actions/trends; an aid to determining the correlations between documented procedures and activities and actual execution; and, a potential assistance in identifying root cause, which can lead to long-term corrective action.
Interfilm’s goal is to have all of its converting facilities audited by the AIB in the next 12 to 18 months.