BALTIMORE, Sept. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Pompeian, Inc., the maker of the number one selling extra virgin olive oil in America, opened the Pompeian Quality Control and Research & Development Center today, a best-in-class facility dedicated to ensuring the quality, purity and full traceability of Pompeian products. Coming on the heels of the creation and subsequent American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS) accreditation of the Pompeian Sensory Panel, the center is the latest proof point in Pompeian's ongoing commitment to quality and will serve as a hub for research and development.
The Pompeian Quality Control and Research & Development Center is fully equipped with a state of the art laboratory poised to perform quality and purity analysis on approximately 15,000 samples per year in accordance with International and National quality standards and certifications, including the Codex Alimentarius, International Olive Council (IOC), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Union (EU). In addition, the center houses Pompeian's unique traceability software system, which allows for every oil batch to be traced to where each olive is grown and harvested. Architect Gil Even-Tsur, who specializes in making buildings with an emotional content, cultural depth and strong sense of interiority, designed the center. The facility also features:
Specialized lighting system to allow for proper evaluation of color and all visual aspects of raw materials
Sensory Preparation Room to store and prepare samples for sensorial evaluation by the Pompeian Sensory Panel
Temperature and light controlled Olive Oil Shelf Life Research Room to mimic store shelf conditions
Pompeian's specialized team of olive oil experts, food scientists, award winning and AOCS approved chemists, biologists, food engineers and highly qualified quality assurance technicians, led by Dr. Luisito Cercaci, Pompeian's Vice President of Quality and Research & Development, will grow by 20% with the introduction of the center. In addition to Pompeian's investment in its expansion, the team will also undergo continuous internal training to increase skills and capabilities at the new 4,500-square foot facility.
"At Pompeian, we are very proud to have developed a uniquely skilled team leading us to become the industry's leader and innovator in quality," said Luisito Cercaci, VP of Quality and Research & Development, Pompeian. "The completion of the Quality Control and Research & Development Center marks the company's latest demonstration that quality is our number one priority."
In addition to daily internal testing exceeding the strictest of International standards, Pompeian engages in numerous third party audits and certifications to ensure the quality of its products. Pompeian is the first National brand to attain the USDA Quality Monitored Seal for extra virgin olive oil and all Pompeian olive oils carry the North American Olive Oil Association (NAOOA) Certified Quality Seal. To learn about Pompeian's commitment to quality, visit Pompeian.com.
About Pompeian, Inc. Baltimore based since 1906, Pompeian, Inc. is America's largest national brand of olive oil, best-selling wine vinegars and a variety of cooking sprays. In addition, Pompeian is the first brand to carry the USDA Quality Monitored seal on its extra virgin olive oil.