Local brand wins top global award for quality products

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A Kapampangan brand and nationally known food product has just conquered global recognition as it recently received a coveted award in quality, productivity and excellence in Europe.

Mekeni Food Products (Mekeni), considered as a top quality foods maker based in Porac town in Pampanga, was conferred the Diamond Award in the prestigious 30th World Quality Commitment (WQA) Awards in Paris, France.

The awards under the auspices of Business Initiative Directions (BID) recognizes and promotes companies, organizations and institutions that understand the dedication, continuous improvement, innovation and relentless pursuit of productivity that leads to excellence.

BID is a 30-year old organization founded in US and Spain. It is regarded today as the most effective and cost efficient organization working globally in the promotion and practical application of the Total Quality Management Models.

The primary mission at BID is the recognition, education and promotion of quality culture among leaders of prominent companies and organizations.

In accepting the award in Paris, Mekeni president Pruds Garcia attributed their success and various recognition to the support of everyone.

“We dedicate this award to all the great people behind the success of Mekeni. Firstly, to our founder, Tatay Felix, his unquestionable desire to help others gave birth to Mekeni. For our family who unselfishly shared their resources and time to sustain the operations of the company,” Garcia said.

“To all the employees regardless of rank for sharing their knowledge, skills and expertise in areas where they are assigned, to our valued suppliers, government agencies, friends, relatives and customers, without them, Mekeni will not be in its place in the industry today. We are forever grateful to the support and all these recognitions and accolades, we bring back to our Almighty! To God be the Glory!”

Garcia further said the “honor belongs not only to Mekeni Food Corporation and their team but also to the Philippines and the Filipinos across the globe because it only shows that Filipinos can be globally competitive and at par with the European Union stringent standard.”

Mekeni, accredited with Triple “A” rating by the National Meat Inspection Service for its processing plant, is a multi-awarded food company, with grand slam Best Meat Processing Plant award from 2004 to 2006.

Mekeni also has integrated the requirements of the ISO 22000:2005 standard (Food Safety Management System) in its operations. It successfully satisfied the requirements for ISO 22000 certification during the audit for the same facilitated by TUV-SUD. In the process, it earned the following reputation: The first ISO ISO 22000:2005 certified Meat Processing Plant in Asia; The first ISO 22000:2005 certified Food Processing Plant in the Philippines; and, the second ISO 22000:2005 certified Meat Processing Plant in the world.

Mekeni is also the First Hotdog and Marinated Meat Processing Plant with Food Safety System Certification 22000:2010 in the Philippines as certified by SGS International.

In 2012, Mekeni was awarded in Geneva for its Quality Leadership by the BID. In 2013, it was conferred Platinum Award in Frankfurt Germany in recognition of the company’s Quality and Technology Innovation Program.

Mekeni is not only highly regarded for its products. Its management executives have recently joined the ranks of other top honchos of Philippine corporations in the MVP Bossing Awards.

It also takes care of employees very well, balancing its labor standards and benefits. Proof of that is its recognition by DOLE to be compliant when the agency conferred Tripartite Certificate of Compliance with Labor Standards (TCCLS).

Currently, Mekeni products are present in the United Arabs Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Australia and other GCC countries. Mekeni has also started to export their meat products in Japan. Mekeni is the first and only meat company in the Philippines that is allowed to export to Japan under the strict supervision of the Japanese government. — With Cha A. Cayabyab