Our quality commitment

<strong>Our ingredients</strong>

Our ingredients

For a manufacturer of top-quality agri-food products, the key step in the process is the choice of raw materials and ingredients. Over the years, the company has upheld a policy of maintaining a close relationship with the farming sector of which Mr Jean Hénaff was a part. A central concern of this policy, framed by progress plans, focuses on the Human factor and the living world. Proof of its firm quality commitment, over the hundred years of its existence, the company has chosen to take control of the slaughtering of the pigs used to make Hénaff charcuterie products. The company maintains close ties with the local farms.

Another example of Hénaff’s rigour and attention to detail is the selection of its ingredients, i.e. our pepper. As of 2012, the company chose to go organic by participating in the creation of a supply chain with a cooperative in Sao Tomé in the Gulf of Guinea.

The company demonstrates the same care and attention to its choice of all its raw materials, with no exceptions, thus guaranteeing the exceptional quality of Hénaff products, a factor of crucial importance in the eyes of the company’s founder.

Specific expertise and know-how

Jean Hénaff has its own slaughterhouse, built on a human scale, thus guaranteeing the traceability of its meats. Whether for the Pâté production chain or the fresh and dried sausages production chain, we employ reasonable and sustainable throughput rates, i.e. a maximum of 40 pigs slaughtered per hour, against 500 to 800 at other slaughterhouses. The workers have the time to butcher the carcasses with the proper care and attention, in compliance with the quality principles articulated by Hénaff.

Traceability

Traceability

Quality, safety, reliability: from production to distribution, all Jean Hénaff products are tracked. This means that we are able to guarantee:

  • The origin and characteristics of the raw materials.
  • The characteristics of the packaging.
  • The proper use of ingredients during the manufacturing phase.
  • The tracking of products, from their distribution up to their stocking on store shelves.

« From farm to fork »: since 2005, all fresh Hénaff products display the name of the livestock breeder who supplied the pigs used to make the product, and often even include their photo… ensuring full transparency (see our CSR report for further details)!

Quality control

Quality control is an integral part of our High Product Quality (HPQ) policy. Our goal is to offer products that are both healthy and good to eat, and that are conform to consumer expectations and our taste requirements. As such, we carry out physical and chemical, microbiological and organoleptic (texture, taste, appearance) analyses on raw materials and finished products throughout the whole manufacturing process. To ensure continuous progress in this domain, our work methods undergo methodological checks via internal and external audits (see our CSR report for further details).

Conquering the U.S. market

Conquering the U.S. market

Hénaff products – Conquering the U.S. market. Hénaff first entered the U.S. market in 1972, the year when the company obtained its first USDA certification. This approval authorises Hénaff to export its meat-based products to the United States. USDA authorisation is based on specific regulations and is delivered following an audit carried out by U.S. authorities. This certification has enabled us to strengthen our day-to-day quality control, both at our slaughterhouse and at our company premises. Today, our goal is to maintain this level of requirement throughout our company. This is a major challenge as it involves ongoing questioning and reassessment of our business methods and directions.

To find out more:

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Regulations_&_Policies/Eligible_Foreign_Establishments/index.asp

Pepper grains

Hénaff products – Conquering the U.S. market. Hénaff first entered the U.S. market in 1972, the year when the company obtained its first USDA certification. This approval authorises Hénaff to export its meat-based products to the United States. USDA authorisation is based on specific regulations and is delivered following an audit carried out by U.S. authorities. This certification has enabled us to strengthen our day-to-day quality control, both at our slaughterhouse and at our company premises. Today, our goal is to maintain this level of requirement throughout our company. This is a major challenge as it involves ongoing questioning and reassessment of our business methods and directions (see our report for further details).