Granny’s Jar Joint Stock Company (Babushkina Krynka, Mogilev) has been awarded the Government’s 2008 Prize for Sustained Quality. Granny’s Jar CEO Igor Kononchuk took the crystal token from the hands of Prime-Minister Sergei Sidorski.
Granny’s Jar has been awarded for implementing advanced tools and technologies for quality control, which resulted in competing products.
It has been a second time Granny’s Jar gets the Government’s Quality Prize, Kononchuk told Interfax-West.
In his words, the criteria for this year’s quality contest were close to EU standards, which resulted in tough competition.
Kononchuk reckons the considerable funds invested in the technical upgrade of dairy products has born fruit. With BYR 25 billion invested in Belynichi Cheese Factory (run by Granny’s Jar), Belynichi-produced cheeses have been getting the highest price quotes at the Belarusian Mercantile Exchange.
Granny’s Jar (formerly known as Mogilev Dairy Factory) was founded in 1975. It was incorporated in 1995. At the moment, the company employs 1,300 people.
At the moment, the company offers 250 kinds of dairy products, including 190 produced under Babushkina Krynka brand (named the best brand of 2004 in its category). That includes 20 kinds of chocolate-grazed cheesy curds under the Merry Grandchildren brand, while products under Life Energy brand are spiced with Bifidobacteria.
Products by Granny’s Jar as well as the entire production cycle complies with international quality management standards.
The company runs an integrated management system that includes an ISO 14000 environment management system, an HACCP quality control system and an STB 18001 labour security system.
The company’s closed cycle production technologies fully meet ISO 9001-2001 standards.
The company’s products are exported to Russia and marketed in all regional centres of Belarus, the City of Minsk and other large cities of the country.
In January-November 2008 Granny’s Jar produced BYR 236 billion worth of goods, or 20% up on the year.