Almaty, Kazakhstan, July 26, 2012—IFC,
member of the World Bank Group, and food retailer Metro Cash & Carry
have launched a new program to help Kazakh food producers ensure the safety
of their products while becoming more efficient and competitive.
IFC and the grocer are reaching out to producers across the country, offering
assessments, workshops, and advice on food safety. The program began with
a four-day training session for consultants in Almaty designed to build
local knowledge about food safety management systems. Participants were
introduced to Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP), an internationally-recognized
safety system, and visited local food producer Beńker for a first-hand
look at its industry-leading safety systems.
“As a large wholesaler, we are responsible for delivering high-quality
food to our customers,” said Lyazzat Sarbassova, Deputy General Director
of Quality Assurance Department at Metro Cash & Carry Kazakhstan. “This
project will help us work with our suppliers to ensure we deliver the safest
The initiative is part of IFC’s new Global Markets Program, which is designed
to harmonize international standards in food safety for food producers
linked to international retailers.
“Ultimately, it is customers who will benefit from the implementation
of international food safety standards in Kazakhstan,” said Yuriy Zvazhenko,
an IFC Food Safety Specialist. “At the same time, following international
standards will help food producers streamline their business and become
Since 2009, the Ministry of Finance of Austria has supported IFC’s Food
Safety Project in Europe and Central Asia, a program active in Ukraine,
Belarus, Georgia, Armenia and now Kazakhstan. Besides providing advisory
services to local food producers, IFC is raising awareness about food safety
and helping companies implement international food safety standards.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development
institution focused exclusively on the private sector. We help developing
countries achieve sustainable growth by financing investment, mobilizing
capital in international financial markets, and providing advisory services
to businesses and governments. In FY12, our investments reached an all-time
high of more than $20 billion, leveraging the power of the private sector
to create jobs, spark innovation, and tackle the world’s most pressing
development challenges. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
About Metro Cash & Carry
Metro Cash & Carry is represented in 29 countries with over 700 self-service
wholesale stores. With more than 100,000 employees worldwide, the wholesale
company achieved sales of about € 31 billion in 2011. METRO Cash &
Carry is a sales division of Metro Group, one of the largest and most international
retailing companies. In 2011 the Group reached sales of around €67 billion.
For more information about Metro Cash & Carry, visit www.metrogroup.de