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SGS is pleased to announce that Theresa Almonte will join the company as U.S. Agricultural Audit & Certification Manager, effective Nov. 2. The addition of Theresa to our team will add depth to our focus of growth and development of the U.S. Agri Audit Services business, which concentrates on farm, feed and other agricultural audits.  

During her 20+ years of experience, Theresa has held multiple leadership positions, including with SGS from 1994-2010 in a variety of roles including managing agri-food laboratories and as Business Development Manager with a focus on Fresh Produce.

Theresa has Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Food Science Major) and a Master of Science in Cereal Chemistry, both from University of Manitoba. Theresa’s knowledge of the agri-food industry, especially within the feed and fresh produce sections, will make this addition seamless for both clients and staff alike.

In this role, Theresa will oversee the current agricultural audit service offerings, including:

  • GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance certification
  • Non-GMO certification and Identity Preserved verification
  • Nestle Responsible Sourcing Guidelines assessments
  • GlobalGAP Integrated Farm Assurance certification
  • International Sustainability & Carbon Certification
  • Ethanol Quality Assurance certification
  • Juice Products Association Tanker Wash program
  • And other 2nd and 3rd party GAP, ISO- and HACCP-based programs

In addition, Theresa will focus on developing and growing new verification and certification programs for the agriculture supply chain, with particular emphasis on non-GMO certification programs and other sustainability initiatives.

Finally, her in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Food Safety Modernization Act will provide an important resource for clients working to meet these regulations prior to the upcoming implementation deadline.

Nichole Berkenhoff, who has held the dual role of Audit Manager/Finance Manager for the last several years, will assist Theresa in the transition of the audit business. Nichole will then turn her full focus to the role of Finance Manager for U.S. Agricultural Services.

We are grateful for the loyalty of our clients and the opportunity to continue to serve them with best-in-class service and further expand the audit and certification services SGS can offer.

For more information, please contact:

Theresa Almonte
U.S. Agricultural Audit and Certification Manager
t: +1 775 560 0509

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 80,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,650 offices and laboratories around the world.