The Ghana Standard Authority (GSA) has awarded International Standard Organization (ISO) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point System (HACCPS) certificate to fast rising beverage company, Twellium Industry Company Limited, producers of Rush Energy Drink, Verna Mineral Water, American Cola, London Oat Digestive, among others.
ISO, is a set of standards that helps organizations ensure they meet customers and other stakeholders needs within statutory and regulatory requirements related to a product or service, while HACCPS is a food safety system that prevents food safety from being compromised.
This means that, products coming from Twellium Industry Company Limited, a wholly Ghanaian owned company incorporated in September 2013 and started production in 2014, have met every standard required of them.
The award ceremony which was held on Saturday at the company's premises at Medie in the Greater Accra Region, was also used to officially outdoor the Effluent Management System, a part of the company, responsible for the management of waste generated from the factory.
Presenting the certificate, GSA's Okai Mensah, said Twellium Industry Company Limited, is one of the few companies to have successfully met the requirements needed to be granted ISO certificate.
Mr Okai Mensah said, the issuance of the certificate is an attestation that Twellium Industry, has met all the standards expected of them by stakeholders, especially regulators Ghana Standard Authority and Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).
He went on to encourage the company to continue to work even harder to satisfy their customers, who have come to accept the brand.
Head of the Biscuit Department, Alhad Patki, commended the efforts of all, saying it was gratifying to achieve so much at such a short period.
He said, the company arrived at this impressive stage due to hard work and serious effort, adding it is not easy to secure ISO certificate. He said the vision of the company, is to produce the best quality and nutritious products, including biscuits for its consumers.
Assistant Manager of Marketing Department, Emelia Gyasi, said a lot of work has gone into acquiring the certificate, especially because there are so much that is expected of a company to be issued ISO certificate, saying it comes with a lot of requirement and expectation. She was happy, her outfit was able to meet these expectations.
"At six now and today, we have been honoured with ISO certification. This means a lot to us because to have this certificate, it means you need to do a lot. You need to do standardization, processes, you need to produce quality products, you need to have quality staff, you need to get raw materials. Everything about you should be quality.
You know internationally, they don't just give this for just anything so that means that, we have passed through all these processes, that is why today we have been awarded that certificate".
Touching on the outdooring of the Effluent Management System, she said "After production, there are waste products that come out that is why we saw it as a need to follow the safety measures. So today, we also outdoored our Effluent Management System to take care of the waste management after production. We are law abiding citizens and we believe in doing the right thing so that is why today apart from ISO and the HACCP certificate we have outdoored this one too.
Ahead of the Christmas festivities, Emelia, implored consumers to continue to patronize products from Twellium Industry, citing affordability and quality as what must drive them to stick to the brand. She said, as part of the company's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), a quota is deducted from every product patronized to support the needy be it education, health and many others.
Acting Head Food Division at the FDA, Roderick Daddey Adjei commended Twellium Industry Company Limited for meeting all the requirements expected of them.
Mr Adjei said the FDA was satisfied with the work done so far reason it Okayed it certification after inspecting and directing them on what to do to arrive at this commendable stage. He encouraged other companies who are yet to acquire their certificates to put in extra effort adding the doors of the FDA is always opened for companies who need their support and guidance.
He commended management for working to achieving the quality assurance and control that were expected of the company. "We are very happy with what we have seen as it is comparable to any world company", he said after a tour of the company. He was particularly excited about the quality safety measures put in place to ensure that workers are protected.
President of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Ben Nuuno Mensah, praised Twellium Industry Company Limited, for supporting the country's sports over the years, saying the company has been a "blessing".
He called on Ghanaians to continue to patronize their product, so they will be able to continue to support sports development in the country.
The programme was graced by traditional rulers and many others, including brand ambassadors, such as former captain of the national team, the Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan, rappers Freda Rhymez, Eno Barony and Kofi Kinataa.