The international success of the Outspan, Cape and Capespan brands is the result of Capespan's quality culture. Temperature and humidity are monitored constantly during transit from the orchards to the counter. Most pallets enter Europe through facilities at strategically located ports. However, direct deliveries to retailers have become the standard in various European countries. On arrival, pallets are checked and classified by a team of quality managers before being loaded onto road transport.
We consider the skills of our quality assurance and control teams to be of paramount importance. This provides not only minimum handling, but also traceability and fruit management throughout the distribution chain.
Capespan Continent takes all issues concerning food safety extremely seriously. Consequently, we’re at the forefront of food safety systems within Continental Europe. Although suppliers are responsible for ensuring product safety and that all pesticides applied are permitted and within EU maximum residue levels, we still check regularly whether products do in fact comply with EU pesticide residue levels.
The current minimum certification for all Capespan suppliers is GLOBALG.A.P. In addition, depending on customer requirements, supplied fruit may be required to attain one or more of the following: BRC, SQF, IFS, HACCP, ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO22000, BSCI, ETI and TNC et al. Depending on customer demands and our own due diligence requirements, suppliers are asked for a pesticide diary (Plant Product Protection Records list - PPPRL) and a full list of potential pesticides that suppliers may use (Potential Pesticide Usage List). This must be accurate and all applications declared.
Corporate social responsibility is close to our hearts and we won’t tolerate unlawful use of child labour. Work conditions must comply with local regulations, as well as either the Ethical Trading Initiative, Base Code or Business Social Compliance Initiative code of conduct.