Coffee Solutions

Ensure the safety, quality and sustainability of your coffee products, processing and supply chains.

Consumers expect coffee products on store shelves and restaurant menus to be of high quality while delivering an uplifting, flavorful experience and an authentic connection to the flavors of the region of origin. At the same time, regulations surrounding the safety, quality, authenticity and traceability of coffee are becoming more stringent. We can help you to meet consumer and regulatory demands, so you can make your business more efficient and your products more marketable. SGS is leading the way in the new era of food safety, transparency of data, and technology.

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Inspection and Field Services

We monitor consignments of coffee products around the world through crop monitoring, precision farming, fumigation, pre-production hygiene inspections, initial and during production checks, final random inspection (pre-shipment), container inspection/temperature monitoring and loading supervision.

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Using cutting-edge technology and the most up-to-date testing standards, we provide multiple forms of microbiological, chemical, physical and sensory testing to analyze the safety, quality and authenticity of coffee. Through a global network of food laboratories connected with the coffee belt, we can help you to comply with buyer specifications as well as import/export regulatory requirements for certificates of analysis, validation of process preventive controls and environmental monitoring.

SGS’s advanced chemical analysis includes pesticide residues, mycotoxins, heavy metals, acrylamide, MOSH/MOAH, caffeine, and polyphenol compounds. We test coffee beans (green and roasted), ground and soluble coffee, soil, irrigation water and packaging.  Samples from farm to retail are tested.

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Authenticity and Integrity

Due to the significant price difference between Arabica and Robusta, there is an economic incentive to illicitly replace Arabica with Robusta. SGS helps defend against coffee fraud by verifying the authenticity of coffee, distinguishing between the two types. Using our validated DNA testing methods, we employ an advanced fragment analysis that allows us to discriminate between species and to assess their relative amount in a sample.

Our isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) testing can be used to verify geographic origin, test the authenticity of ingredients labeled as natural, identify undeclared additives and detect the use of synthetic fertilizers in organic products.

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Audits and Certification

We offer a broad range of auditing and certification services to help you comply with industry, national and international regulations. Our specialist teams will ensure that your processes and operations exceed the required standards.

Do you need to comply with ISO 22000 or the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmark standards? We provide certification to the BRCGS Global Standards, FSSC 22000 (Food Safety System Certification), GLOBALG.A.P., International Featured Standard (IFS Food) and Safe Quality Food (SQF). We also offer a wide variety of additional programs, including Vegan, Vegetarian and Kosher, and can create customized audit solutions for you.

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As the global leader in professional training, we provide innovative learning and development solutions, covering multiple areas and industries, tailored to meet your needs. Our courses are delivered in both face-to-face and eLearning environments, ensuring you achieve your training objectives no matter where you are. Our training portfolio covers everything from BRCGS, FSSC 22000 and FSMA to GMP and HACCP training, food safety, risk management, traceability, hygiene, regulations, food safety culture and more.

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Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Our FSMA certification, audit, training, testing and technical services can help you to ensure compliance across your food facilities and supply chain. Through our global network of auditors, trainers and food testing labs, we can help you with compliance to product safety and integrity requirements, as well as personnel qualification and foreign food facility certification under FSMA TPP or the voluntary FSMA FSVP standard. Our testing services help you with the validation of process preventive controls, environmental monitoring, water testing, and the supply chain and allergen management requirements of FSMA.

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Sustainability and Social Accountability

We can help you to demonstrate to consumers your commitment to sustainable practices. Our sustainability services include program design, pre-audit vendor and in-house communication and training, corporate social responsibility audits, desktop or onsite closeouts of corrective actions, environmental assessments, and data management of results and trends.

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Technical Services

We offer support on all aspects of food safety, new technologies and new governmental opinions or regulations. We will guide you through complex food safety laws, the latest industry updates and best practice. Our services include food fraud assessments, import/export regulatory guidance, retail store checks, private label services, nutrient composition analysis, label review and GMO labeling requirements.

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Digital Innovation

New technologies, such as SGS Digicomply and Transparency-One, deliver knowledge, regulatory insight and transparency. These tools will boost your team’s efficiency and help you manage quality, safety and profitability.

SGS DigiComply

Simplify import/export compliance with SGS Digicomply – the regulatory intelligence network that transforms compliance data into user-friendly actionable knowledge. Our powerful knowledge management platform combines high technology with human expertise to sort and classify multiple data sources into one coherent data feed.


Discover, analyze and monitor all suppliers, ingredients and facilities in the supply chain. Transparency-One uses real-time data to reduce risk, identify ingredient origins and ensure compliance. Cutting-edge cloud-based technology allows you to check supplier certification, reduce risk, respond quickly and effectively to potential crises, provide customers with up-to-date information, and gain consumer loyalty and trust.

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