Albuquerque, New Mexico (PRWEB) April 03, 2013
El Pinto New Mexican Restaurant and Salsa Company in Albuquerque New Mexico has achieved Level 2 Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certification for the hot fill factory producing salsa, red chile, and green chile products. SQF Certification is the most rigorous in the food business as an overarching best practices standard encompassing ISO 9000, Hazard Analysis, Critical Control Points and other processes into one all encompassing certification. The SQF Certification will make El Pinto's fully automated hot fill factory attractive for co-packing partnerships.
“SQF Certification documents El Pinto manufacturing is of the highest quality and opens the doors for El Pinto Foods to do work with national firms in hot fill manufacturing,” said Salsa Twin John Thomas, El Pinto co-owner. Twin brother Jim Thomas explains, “We went after SQF for the quality and safety the standard brings to El Pinto products, yet we know the SQF certification is something that makes us stand apart from others when national brands are looking for co-packing partners.”
The salsa factory is a 8,500 sq foot facility built from the ground by John and Jim Thomas and a team of expert engineers. Producing over 2 million jars and over 500,000 single serving cups annually, it has the capability to produce 24,000 jars per working shift. The hot fill processing methods utilize various innovative processing techniques to maintain the signature flavor of all natural El Pinto salsa with fire-roasted green chile that has been the favorite of locals and tourists alike since 1962.
El Pinto Restaurant and Salsa Co. continues to expand in its 51st year. El Pinto Restaurant has grown from a few tables in one room started by John and Jim Thomas' parents, to become the most famous restaurant in New Mexico with beautiful patios, natural wood burning fireplaces, and healthy New Mexican cuisine. El Pinto Salsa has recently expanded with the addition of the convenient single serving cup which reduces product waste and increases consumer satisfaction. Recently over 1,000 additional Walmart stores nationwide have placed the 4-pack of single serving cup sleeves on the shelve. The restaurant and salsa manufacturing facility are co-located on property in the North Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
About El Pinto Restaurant & Salsa Co:
Established 50-years ago, El Pinto is a quintessential icon for New Mexican cuisine. Conveniently located in the North Valley of Albuquerque just off I-25, the serene patios located under beautiful cottonwood trees provide an iconic experience. El Pinto is known nationally for its fire-roasted green chile and fresh flavorful salsa distributed across the national in local grocery stores. The salsa and green chile factory is located on the same grounds as the restaurant. For an authentic taste of New Mexico, visit El Pinto for its iconic food, traditional margaritas, and award winning chile. elpinto.com