Litehouse Foods, the industry leader in premium refrigerated salad dressings, cheese, dips and herbs, is proud to announce that it received The Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 3 certification for its Simply Artisan Reserve manufacturing plant. This is the industry’s highest and most rigorous safety achievement.

Litehouse Foods is dedicated to providing its consumers with the highest quality food made with artisanal care in facilities that The Safe Quality Food Institude (SQFI) recognizes as promoting the most stringent safety standards. The SQFI is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world and by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), which require a rigorous, credible food safety management system and link primary production certification to food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management certification. The SQF Level 3 certification is the highest GFSI certification, requiring more comprehensive documentation of safety and quality management in addition to level 2 certification criteria.

"While Litehouse Foods is known for its heritage of salad dressings, our roots in cheese making go back over 20 years and while we have world-class production facilities, we still retain our roots in our dedication to cheese craftsmanship,” said Margi Gunter, brand manager for deli for Litehouse, Inc. "By achieving the highest standard in food safety, we want to underscore to our customers that food can be artisanal and crafted with the utmost care.”

Aged for 100 days with rBST free milk, the Simply Artisan Blue Cheese is crafted, flipped, and salted by hand. Master cheesemaker, Marvin Sharp, has been making cheese this way for over 40 years.

About Simply Artisan Reserve                                                                                                                                        
Simply Artisan Reserve is part of the Litehouse Foods family of quality products. The brand offers artisanal blue, gorgonzola and feta cheese that is made by master cheese makers with over 100 years of experience. Litehouse has been an employee-owned company since 2006, and each one of the employee owners is proud to carry on the high standards of quality and innovation, living up to the slogan… Because Taste Matters