Paramount Coffee names SQF leader, assistant plant manager
November 2015 — Christina M. Byers, formerly of Post Foods LLC, has been named safe quality food (SQF) practitioner at Paramount Coffee, one of the Midwest’s largest coffee roasters.
Before joining Post, where she managed ingredient and packaging suppliers, Byers was food safety coordinator at Cargill Kitchen Solutions, formerly Sunny Fresh Foods. She earned a bachelor’s degree in food science from Michigan State and has an HACCP certification. She is a member of the Great Lakes Section of the Institute of Food Technologists.
The company also named Dale Baller as assistant plant manager. Former owner and operator of a printing business from 1989-2001, Baller brings 13 years of production management and safety coordination experience to Paramount.
In 2014, Paramount Coffee earned Level 2 certification from the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Institute, establishing that the Michigan-based coffee roaster has effectively implemented rigorous food safety control systems. SQF is recognized by retailers and food service providers worldwide as the most trusted source for global food safety and quality certification. To attain certification, Paramount completed a process that included a third-party audit of the company’s food safety program, SQF seminars and training courses in personnel practices, plant maintenance and cleanliness.
Paramount Coffee is one of the Midwest’s largest and fastest-growing roasters, now in its 80th year of roasting and distributing coffee for major retail, private label and direct-to-consumer markets.