There is nothing more important to Kellogg than the quality and safety of our foods and the safety of our people. Both are foundational to our K Values and a commitment every employee makes every day.
To reinforce the importance of food safety at Kellogg, we have a companywide food quality and safety training initiative that is mandatory for every employee and all new hires. Employees working in our manufacturing facilities also undergo food quality and safety training annually.
To ensure that our high food safety expectations are met, we have comprehensive, global food quality and safety standards that are clearly articulated in our Kellogg Quality Management System and manufacturing standards for external partners. All company-owned and contract-manufacturing facilities, as well as ingredient suppliers, either meet or exceed Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standards. Our facilities in North America are Safe Quality Food Institute (SQF) certified.
We began unannounced audits of our Kellogg-owned facilities in 2016 and contract manufacturers globally in 2019 and made this our standard practice in 2019. We also conduct regular audits of ingredient suppliers.
In 2019, we invested nearly $37.5 million in new equipment and facility improvements to support additional advancements in our food safety systems and processes.