Certified Quality

L’Isola d’Oro is an Italian fish preserve company that was born and developed in Parma, the Food Valley of Italy, a key food district and headquarters of the European Food Safety Authority, EFSA.

The founding partners’ wealth of expertise is rooted in over 60 years’ experience in the fish supply chain. L’Isola d’Oro’s deep knowledge of raw material, production and handmade processes, as well as its great focus on graphics, packaging and recipe innovation, have contributed to making a nutritionally premium product like fish unique and irresistible.

The company selects the best raw materials certified on the domestic and international markets (Mediterranean, Atlantic, Cantabrian and Pacific), which are then processed in the company owned plants in Italy and Morocco. 
Change is part of L’Isola D’Oro’s DNA. Indeed, successfully promoting fish preserves requires the ability to manage both branded and private label products, to choose sea-through glass or light food-grade plastic containers, traditional packs combined with high performance bags, various weights and sizes to meet every requirement and preference of the retail and horeca markets, different packaging solutions to ensure maximum product quality and yield. 

The synergy among the company systems – research and development, quality control, marketing, production and sales – is highlighted in the finished product, which will deal with all the customers’ requests in terms of financial, cultural, health and ethic matters.

Our certifications

BRC

The BRC standard (Technical Standard and Protocol for Companies Supplying Retailers Branded Food Products) was developed by the British Retail Consortium that represents the major British retailers (accounting for 90% of the retail market in the United Kingdom and 50% of the private label market).
In 1998 BRC issued a standard for companies that supply food products bearing third-party brands. It is a model recognised in the UK that is growing rapidly all over Europe: its current version has been drawn up by the most important British retailers. The BRC standard has been developed to make sure that the branded products are manufactured according to well defined quality standards, to assist wholesalers and Large Retailers in complying with the legal obligations, and to ensure maximum protection for the customers. The standard has been designed to audit processing methods and hygiene and safety criteria of suppliers against shared standards.

MSC

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is an international non-profit organisation founded in 1997 by Unilever and WWF as a response to the remarkable reduction of the world’s fish stocks. Independent since 1999, it continues operating with the purpose of improving the responsible management of fish sources ensuring the sustainability of the world’s fish stocks and preservation of the entire marine ecosystem.
An MSC certification proves that the fishing area from which the product comes is managed according to sustainable and advanced management programmes.
BENEFITS: an independent third party checks the sustainability of the whole marine ecosystem upon request from a part of the market and the public opinion; differentiation of the products offered in an increasingly more competitive market; evidence of a good management of resources to the community and stakeholders.
SUSTAINABILITY PRINCIPLES: protection of fish stocks; environmental sea impact; effective management system.

IFS

IFS is an operational tool to qualify suppliers according to requirements of quality, safety and compliance with food standards. Whilst the BRC standard is a document designed by British large retailers, IFS is an equivalent tool issued by the major German and French retailers with the purpose of checking the processing methods, the hygiene and safety standards of suppliers. The pillars of the two standards are similar because they draw inspiration from the same principle, namely the quality system, the HACCP management, the respect of food regulations, the management of staff, the management of product/process, the management of the work environment, the respect of GMPs (good manufacturing practices) and of the production site. IFS, designed as a score check list, establishes “KO” requirements that are a prerequisite for certification and a compliance with score with a mandatory minimum for certification.

FRIENS OF the SEA

The Friends of the Sea project is the result of the success and tangible results previously achieved by Dolphin-Safe (fishing for tuna minimizing dolphin fatalities, 98% reduction of dolphin mortality since the beginning of certification) of the Earth Island Institute (international non-profit NGO based in San Francisco) whose mission is to promote sustainable fishing and aquaculture products. Following the FAO guidelines, Friends of the Sea has defined very selective certification criteria. One of the assessment criteria aims at keeping “accidental catches” under control, i.e. the catching of species not destined for production, thus killed needlessly. To be Friends of the Sea the percentage of bycatches has to be below 8%, while it is even up to 90% in uncontrolled fishing.