With the success of the Sysco Sustainable/IPM Program, producers have expressed the need to similarly document and report their performance to buyers and others, including in conjunction with food safety audits. In response, we are working with the Azzule SystemsTM and PrimusLabsTM to develop a third-party sustainable agriculture certification — the Sustainable Food Group Sustainability StandardTM . The standard addresses soil health, pest management and agrochemicals, waste and recycling, water, energy, processing, employee relations and conservation.

The Sustainable Food Group will maintain the accredited standard, audit and supporting documents, train auditors and manage approved certification bodies. The certification will have international applicability to a wide range of specialty crop producers, processors and packers.