Madrid; October 11, 2016. NSF, an independent and leading international auditing firm, has confirmed the food safety and quality processes of the brands VIPS, VIPSmart, Ginos, Fridays, Starbucks and The Work, managed by Grupo Vips, not only comply with current law in Spain but also the highest international food safety standards. Therefore, the Grupo Vips quality processes are now considered to be some of the most complete and demanding food quality and safety programs in Spain.
NSF International is a global independent food safety expert organization which defines standards and analyzes and certifies products for industries related to health, food and water, among others, as well as consumer products in order to minimize health risks for consumers and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, it is one of the main entities that collaborate with the World Health Organization, among other institutions.
A pioneer auditing system in Spain
Grupo Vips has a disciplinary Food Safety and Product Research and Development team which participates in all of the processes involved with creating new dishes. The Grupo Vips excellence in quality standards and food safety is guaranteed with a pioneer auditing system in Spain which combines internal procedures and external certifications.
In collaboration with the R+D department, each one of the Grupo Vips brands has its own innovation team which is constantly researching and developing new recipes, always connected to the latest culinary trends from around the world.
Each month, the its brands’ executive chefs try and assess more than a hundred recipes at its Experimental Kitchen and perform more than 1,000 food controls, audits and analyses every year to guarantee the highest of product quality, controlling all phases of the supply chain from raw material selection to the preparation of each dish in each restaurant.
About Grupo Vips
Grupo Vips is one of the leading multi-brand and multi-format groups in the food service and retail sector in Spain. It includes restaurants, cafés and shops. The company manages a total of six well-known chains it either owns or operates under franchising agreements: VIPS (cafeteria - restaurant and shop), VIPSmart, GINOS, The Wok, TGI Fridays and Starbucks Coffee in Spain, Portugal and Andorra. Wagamama will soon be joining them. Moreover, the group has three unique restaurants, Lucca, Rugantino Casa Tua and Tattaglia, as well as a premium sandwich, salad and take-away product factory, BSF. The company manages a total of 350 locations serving more than 120,000 customers a day. It runs a pioneer and restaurant sector-leading loyalty program, Club VIPS, with more than 1,000,000 members throughout Spain. The app, which is unique in the market and was launched at the end of April 2015, has already been downloaded more than 450,000 times. Grupo Vips is a private equity company which was founded in 1969. Goldman Sachs Capital Partners acquired 30% of the company in 2006. Grupo Vips employs more than 9,300 people and ended fiscal year 2015 with 377.6 million euros in turnover.
About NSF International
NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards and analyzes and certifies products for the health sciences, food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to improving human health and safety throughout the world. NSF operates in more than 165 countries and is a World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.
NSF’s international water services include analyses, certification and auditing for municipal water treatment chemicals and components, plastic piping systems, plumbing accessories, point-of-entry and point-of-use water systems and filters.
More information on NSF International: www.nsf.org/es/