Using a BRC accredited supplier can make a huge difference to your business offering. BRC accreditation is something to look out for when looking to be assured of the level of standards provided by a supplier. The accreditation is available to anyone who is involved in handling food, from its production to its arrival on the shelf. The standard is recognised by many leading retailers, manufacturers, ingredients companies, packaging companies and any other food handlers involved in the process. The audit process is acknowledged as a rigorous process, so that the relevant accreditation to your sector means that you’ll have exceeded the highest standards in gaining the accreditation. The audits themselves are carried out by industry experts.
A global standard
The British Retail Consortium Global Standards are used in over 100 countries across the world, with that standard providing a seal of approval of competence and expertise. The process to get BRC accredited begins when you purchase the standard from the BRC Global Standards Bookshop. You’ll then apply for an audit, which will typically take one to two days to review your application. The on-site audit of your company will decide if you are successful, and if you are, you will be awarded the accreditation. There is a range of companies that can carry out the audit for you.
The BRC Standard for Food Products requires a scored and graded audit – grade levels are A – D plus uncertified. Your grade level determines the frequency of subsequent reviews required to maintain the standard of certification. If there is a shortfall in the applicant’s requirements, corrective actions will need to be taken to raise standards. This can take up to 28 days.
The certification requires the adoption and implementation of a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system. This is a document and quality management system that addresses practices and procedures that relate to factory environmental performance, manufacturing and personnel.
A vital link in the chain
BRC certification is an essential part of the global food industry. Gaining BRC certification can help to enhance relationships with EU retailers, improve food quality and safety, make your company more efficient and even reduce the risk of recalls. It’s a vital link in supply chain efficiency and a fundamental requirement of anyone supplying food products to UK retailers. It’s also a demonstration to large retailers, such as supermarkets or other large retail organisations, that you comply with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and therefore might place you in a better position to be stocked by them. This is ideal if you are a smaller, up-and-coming company that is trying to break into a wider market and be stocked by high street names. As a result of its global recognition for high industry standards, any company bearing the BRC logo will gain competitive edge over its competitors.
Maintaining the highest standard
Finding the right logistics partner will build confidence in your business. Boughey Distribution has secured certificates in both Food Safety and Packaging Materials from BRC. The global standard for packaging materials is suitable for manufacturers of primary, secondary and tertiary packaging materials. It has recently been updated and as of 2020 will have considerable revisions to its criteria and the areas it covers. The food safety standard provides certification that food manufacturers who implement good manufacturing practices have supporting quality management systems. The BRC standard can be applied to any food processing or food packing operation, where open food is handled, processed or packed.
If you would like to work with a logistics partner that will give you a competitive edge, why not get in touch today.