Papua New Guinea’s Banz Kofi Fektori owner Patrick Killoran is thrilled his company has now gained full HACCP Accreditation. 

Patrick Killoran of Banz Kofi Fektory, Papua New Guinea at a trade show in Auckland.

This certification potentially opens export doors further into Australia and Europe and other countries requiring HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points)  certification.  The HACCP Certification and the Food Safety Programme covers all coffee roasting operations from the receipt of ingredients, packaging, production, storage and final dispatch in line with HACCP Australia’s Food Safety certification systems.

Mr Killoran thought that “…with some luck, this will help sales.”

HACCP certification is an important step for Mr Killoran who worked closely with advisors from the Pacific Horticultural & Agricultural Market Access (PHARMA) Programme to achieve this goal.

Sidney Suma, Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Program (PHAMA) PNG Country Manager in an email congratulated Mr Killoran on his success and acknowledged the collective effort from the various organisations to get the HACCP certification over the line.  Including HACCP Australia and Coffee IWG and the PHAMA office in Suva.

The HACCP is a management system of food safety is the analysis and control of biological, chemical and physical hazards through a food process from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product.

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) has had a good long association with Mr Killoran and Banz Kofi with PTI offices from Auckland, Australia and Europe inviting him to attend their Food Shows over the past several years and seeing the company’s progression.

Mr Killoran’s Arabica coffee beans are grown and harvested in the Waghi Valley Region of the Western Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. The company began in 1990 initially as a coffee cherry parchment company producing green beans.  By 2007, Mr Killoran began roasting. His Banz Kofi café is a short 5-minute walk to Kagamuga Airport in Mt Hagan.  The café already has its fans on international travel site Trip Advisor with 17 reviewers giving them a 4.5 rating and a high number of positive responses.

HACCP is an international standard defining the requirement for effective control of food safety base on seven principles – Conducting hazard analysis of biological, chemical or physical food hazards and determining the control points where controls is applied and food safety hazards can be prevented or eliminated in areas such as cooking, packaging and food handling.

For more information email: Ian Furlong, PTI NZ Trade Development Manager on ian.f@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz

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