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Pernod Ricard New Zealand (formerly Montana Wines) is the first wine company in New Zealand to achieve five top international industry standards relating to quality, environment, health and safety, for all its vineyards, wineries and packaging facility.

All production units of New Zealand’s premier wine and spirits company now comply with the ISO 9001 standard for quality management, ISO 14001 for environmental management and ISO 18001/AS/ANZ4801 for health and safety systems. The Tamaki Packaging and Distribution facility in Auckland is certified to British Retail Consortium standard (BRC) for food safety, while all other sites have been accredited to ISO 22000 for food safety.

Fabian Partigliani, Managing Director of Pernod Ricard New Zealand, said, “We recognise our responsibility to adopt the best safety, quality and environmentally sustainable practices in all aspects of our business. This is not only beneficial to our staff, customers and consumers, but also to the wider community and the New Zealand environment.”

“Achieving these global standards has long been a major focus for us and we were also a founding member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) eleven years ago. The programme provides a framework for best practices in the areas of vineyard and winery management and SWNZ is the only wine industry sustainability vehicle in New Zealand, regarded as one of the best programmes of its kind in the world.”

Over recent years, the company developed an integrated QSE management system which was audited independently by SGS New Zealand Limited, the auditing body for the International Standards Organisation (ISO). SGS approved the certifications for Pernod Ricard’s wineries and vineyards in Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne, Waipara and the Tamaki packaging and distribution facility.

“The integrated QSE systems established allows us to benchmark and continually improve all our operational processes towards best practice” says Vijay Singh, Quality, Safety and Environment (QSE) manager for Pernod Ricard New Zealand.

He lauded the company’s operations team for their support and commitment towards continual improvement of QSE systems. “This is key to driving further improvement in our quality, safety and environmental performance.”

Julie MacDonald, New Zealand Business Manager for SGS New Zealand Limited, comments “Pernod Ricard is the first winery in New Zealand to have its management systems assessed and successfully certified against five international standards at the same time.”

“These standards were audited by the New Zealand SSC division of Global Certification body SGS. These certifications confirm Pernod Ricard New Zealand’s commitment to best practice in quality, environment, health and safety and food safety at an international level and to undertake multiple certifications is a credit to Pernod Ricard's Quality team.”

“Our latest achievements show our commitment to the goal of helping New Zealand maintain its clean, green image,” said Partigliani. “We’ll continue to develop sustainable winegrowing so that we can satisfy current needs without compromising the needs or options of future generations.”

For more information, please contact:

Julie MacDonald
New Zealand Business Manager
Systems & Services Certification

SGS New Zealand Limited
17 Maurice Road, Penrose 1061
P.O. Box 13518 Onehunga, Auckland New Zealand
t: +64 9 634 2593
Website: www.nz.sgs.com

About SGS

SGS is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With over 56,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.