Chester Company Receives Global Food Safety Initiative Certification; Expands Commercial Sales

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Thanks to a State University of New York workforce development grant that allowed Satin Fine Foods to provide its entire employee workforce with specific training programming provided by SUNY Orange’s Continuing and Professional Education Department, Satin Fine Foods recently received its Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification.

The certification will allow Satin Fine Foods (SFF), of Chester, to continue its growth in worldwide commercial and retail cake decorating markets. As a benefit of the growth in new sales, the company has contracted with multiple local businesses--including landscapers, electricians and plumbers--to assist with the maintenance and improvement of its physical plant, located on Elkay Drive in Chester.

Satin Fine Foods has invested in new equipment for the purpose of doubling production capacity, and has hired 15 new employees, including three management/office positions, in addition to employing three temps and two summer interns.

In cooperation with the College’s CAPE staff, SFF implemented several training programs that assisted the company with both the certification process and recent expansion. Training included HACCP for Food Manufacturing and Compliance to FSSC 22000 Standard. Every employee in the company participated in training thanks to the SUNY grant and company General Manager Alan Standish attributes the successful completion of the certification process directly to the training supported by the grant.

SUNY Orange is able to offer a variety of customized training and workforce development programs for organizations. For more information, contact Linda Ferris at (845) 341-9380 or

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