Fighting food fraud for over 40 years

SGF was founded in 1974 in Germany as instrument of industrial self-control, re-establishing free and fair market conditions in the juice industry. Since then we have been successfully fighting food fraud.  

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2010-2020

2011

  • Cooperation agreement with the Chinese Citrus Research Institute (CRI), Chongqing
    focused on safety and authenticity data of Chinese orange juice

  • Cooperation agreement with the China Chamber of Commerce of I/E of Foodstuffs, Native Produce & Animal By-Products, Fruit & Vegetables & Industrial Food Dept China (CFNA)

2012

  • Project agreement "QUALITHAI" between the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and SGF
    to improve product safety and quality for the Thai fruit juice industry

  • Cooperation with the Turkish fruit juice association MEYED

  • Contract with the Association of Russian Fruit Juice Producers RSPS
    about an IRMA service programme

  • Contract with the South African Fruit Juice Association SAFJA
    about an IRMA service programme

2013

  • Dr. Joachim Tretzel new SGF President
    as successor of the former long-time president Dr. Karl Neuhäuser who is nominated as honorary president.

  • Pilot Audit Tank Cleaning Stations

2014

  • New SGF company logo
    presented at the General Assembly in Antwerp, Belgium

  • First digital audit via tablet
    The auditors now handle the data retrieval, data input and data transmission during the audit with the help of the newly developed app through a tablet. This paperless system is environmentally friendly, cost and time efficient and less prone to mistakes.

  • SGF International e.V. celebrates 40th jubilee
    during the Juice Summit in Antwerp with a gala evening attended by around 500 guests. From the first analysis of finished products on the market, SGF has developed into the acknowledged global system for fruit juices that serves the industry regarding all aspects of production, quality, authenticity, safety and sustainability.

2015

  • Successful conclusion of the SGF-project QUALITHAI
    (project to improve product safety and quality for the fruit juice industry in Thailand) at the “SGF/IRMA Conference Thailand and Far East” 

  • Presentation of the SGF corporate movie "Be Part of a Safe System" at the General Assembly in Antwerp, Belgium

  • First certification of a German transport company of the fruit juice sector

  • Approval of AIJN CoBC with principles on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability is obligatory for SGF members

2016

  • 4th Auditors’ workshop in Mainz, Germany,
    regarding current developments at SGF and a new version of the audit app

  • SGF/IFU Road Show in five Latin American countries
    in order to intensify the contact to the local members and to inform about new developments of the fruit juice sector

  • First successful SGF certification according to ISO 9001:2015
    SGF has implemented and maintains a Quality Management System in the scope of the voluntary self-control of the worldwide juice industry that fulfils the requirements of the ISO 9001:2015 standard

2017

  • SGF/IFU ASIA Roadshow in India, China, Thailand and Japan

  • New SGF Membership Fee Regulations
    approved by the General Assembly in Antwerp, Belgium

2018

  • 5th Auditors’ workshop in Mainz, Germany,
    regarding calibration of the audit process

  • SGF/IFU AFRICA Road Show
    in Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, Kenia and Algeria

  • Participation in the CSR Platform field trip to Brazil

  • Founding of the informal “Union of European Juice Control Systems” (EJCS) as successor of the legal entity EQCS

2019

  • SGF/IFU EURASIA Roadshow
    in Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Serbia, Turkey and Ucraine

  • First SGF Broker Workshop in Hamburg, Germany
    with working groups on Food Safety Management System, HACCP, Organic Products, Pesticides and the Purchase of Non-System Goods

  • Co-operation Agreement with ABA Arab Beverages Association
    gives SGF the mandate to control the products that are produced by our members for the Arabian market including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Egypt

  • Release of the new member service FFVA
    (Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment) to assess the probability of food fraud for single fuit types

2020

  • 6th Auditors’ workshop in Mainz, Germany,
    regarding current developments at SGF, new audit checklists and the calibration of the audit process

2000-2010

2000

  • Start of SGF hygiene audits
    following a hygiene checklist for all members of the group IRMA/Processing

  • Start of Quality Initiative South and East Europe(SGF/Quisee)
    with the goal to initiate local control systems in the EU candidate countries in East-Europe and to support the set-up of such systems in South-Europe

2002

  • SGF data base published on the SGF Website
    on the basis of values from authentic samples from all over the world 

  • The fruit juice industries of Sweden and Ireland
    join SGF/RQCS to be involved in SGF market and bottler/packer controls

  • Start of EU research project "Pure Juice"
    under the leadership of SGF

2003

  • SGF/RQCS
    The bottlers of Denmark and Czech Republic join SGF/RQCS for market and bottler/packer controls

  • SGF/IRMA
    service expanded into Poland and Czech Republic

2004

  • SGF International e.V.
    General Assembly of Schutzgemeinschaft der Fruchtsaft-Industrie e.V. approves the reform of Statutes and Structure on 13 May. Official Headquarter moves from Bonn to Frankfurt/Main. New structure of the Boards: Executive Committee, IRMA-Board, RQCS-Board.

2005

  • "Fruit Risk Assessment Project for Pestides" (FRAPP)
    starts

  • EU-Project "Pure Juice"
    runs out

  • Amendment of the contribution order
    approved by the General Assembly on 24 May

2006

  • SGF/IRMA Code of Conduct (CoC) implemented
    Central issues in the Code of Conduct include among others working time regulations, the payment of appropriate wages, the prohibition of child and forced labour and the ban on discrimination. The Code of Conduct also covers sustainability issues related to the environment.

2007

  • New method for analysing fruit juice: SGF-Profiling (Spin Generated Fingerprint Profiling)
    Developed by Bruker Biospin in cooperation with SGF, the SGF-Profiling is an efficient pre-screening that makes quality analysis of fruit juice more efficient.

2008

  • Success of the Code of Conduct
    Since its introduction in 2007, the Code of Conduct has been endorsed by 90% of all SGF raw material suppliers and traders.

  • Change of name of the market and bottler control system
    RQCS (Regional Quality Control System) in IQCS (International Quality Control System)

  • "2008 Industrial Award" for the SGF-Profiling
    as efficient pre-screening in fruit juice analysis in the category industrial automation

  • Cooperation between GlobalG.A.P. and SGF International e.V.
    in the area of safeguarding minimum ecological and social standards on the level of fruit farmers and suppliers in the fruit juice industry

2009

  • Restructuring of the EQCS (European Quality Control System)
    Changing from the legal form of a European Economic Interest Group (EEIG) into the legal form of a non-profit organization under Belgian law (AISBL – Association Internationale Sans But Lucratif) with new statutes and guidelines

  • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for long term cooperation between CIQA and SGF
    From now on, the China Inspection Authority for Import and Export (CIQA) advises all China’s fruit processors to join the SGF, participate in the SGF/IRMA control system and comply with the IRMA audit and inspection standards. Furthermore, all Chinese importers of concentrated fruit juice, purees etc. are advised to purchase from suppliers audited by SGF/IRMA

  • Foundation of the Quality Juice Foundation (QJF)
    with headquarters in Mainz. The QJF assumes the SGF’s assets in the improbable event of the SGF going into liquidation

  • 20th anniversary of international raw material control by SGF
    SGF/IRMA (International Raw Material Assurance), founded in 1989. The successful work of industrial self-control is being presented by a five-minute video clip

2010

  • Cooperation between CBIA (China Beverage Industry Association) and SGF
    Based on mutual association membership the quality of fruit juices and their raw materials on the Chinese market shall be assured

  • Mutual membership between CitrusBR and SGF
    The Brazilian Association of Citrus Exporters (CitrusBR) and SGF support the philosophy and commitment of the corresponding partner association

  • First SGF/IRMA auditor’s workshop
    to share experience and complete a training programme. In future, it will be held every two years.

1990-2000

1991

  • Start of Voluntary Control System in the new German Federal States
    The bottlers from the new German Federal States join the SGF as per decision by their association.

1992

  • Regional Quality Control System (RQCS)
    The Regional Control System originates in cooperation with the Austrian Fruit Juice Association. Controls of market, bottlers, and suppliers are expanded beyond Germany for the first time.

1994

  • Presentation of FLAIR/BCR project in Parma
    Within the scope of a scientific symposium, SGF presents the results of its EU sponsored study in advanced methods for fruit juice analysis.

  • Cooperation of SGF/IRMA with the Swedish fruit juice industry
    After Austria, Sweden is making use of the SGF/IRMA service.

  • EQCS (European Quality Control System)
    European control system from different EU countries join under the umbrella of the EQCS.

1995

  • SGF service expands into Hungary, Finland, and the Netherlands
    Bottlers from these countries join the control system.

1996

  • SGF/IRMA takes over central raw materials control
    in Europe for all local control systems associated with EQCS

1997

  • Certification of the Voluntary Control System of SGF
    by EQCS with regard to fulfillment of all requirements, rules and "guidelines"

1998

  • Dr. Karl Neuhäuser becomes President of SGF
    succeeding A. Wiesenberger, President for many years

1999

  • SGF is the international industrial association with the most members
    namely more than 500 members from about 50 countries

1980-1990

1981

  • Expansion of member base
    The work of the SGF shall be supported by all German producers. An identical membership order of VdF and SGF supports double membership in both associations. Most of the VdF members also join SGF.

1986

  • Foundation of Voluntary Control System (VCS)
    For the first time, SGF controls compliance with VCS rules on quality assurance at manufacturers, bottlers and their suppliers. This completes the VCS control chain "from the tree to the bottle and back".

1989

  • Foundation IRMA (International Raw Material Assurance)
    SGF offers its raw material control service for bottlers in all of Europe. The Danish fruit juice industry is the first to make use of this offer.

1990

  • Publication of "Code of Practice" by European fruit juice association AIJN
    The Code of Practice defines a uniform commercial practice for the European market and describes authentic fruit juices taking the RSK system as model.

1970-1980

around 1970

  • Industry's image is at risk through adulterated products and unfair competition
    The industry is looking for a solution.

1972

  • Foundation of Interessengemeinschaft Zitrussäfte e.V. (IGZ)
    on initiative of the German Verband der Fruchtsaft-Industrie (VdF) for continuous monitoring of quality and labeling of citrus juices on the German market

1974

  • Foundation of Schutzgemeinschaft der Fruchtsaft-Industrie e.V. (SGF)
    as instrument of industrial self-control and re-establishing clean and fair market conditions

1975

  • Publication: "Steckbrief für Orangensäfte" by VdF
    The "Steckbrief" (Wanted poster) contains standard values and ranges for certain reference numbers (RSK values, Richtwerte und Schwankungsbreiten bestimmter Kennzahlen) for analytical evaluation of products. The self-control of SGF has scored first success. Major quality defects are being eliminated using legal assistance.

1976

  • Reorganization
    SGF now operates independently of its sister association VdF from its own office in Zornheim. IGZ merges into SGF.

1977

  • Further development of "Steckbrief für Orangensäfte"
    VDF compiles RSK values for other types of fruit juice.