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Why should your logistics provider have BRC accreditation?

Posted on 15th October, 2019 Why should your logistics provider have BRC accreditation?

Making sure you have the latest and best accreditations in place is a key component of any company’s competitiveness.  It is equally important that your supply chain also has the latest and best accreditations in place too.  In particular, it is vital that the logistics partner that you choose to work with is fully aware of the correct procedures and regulations when it comes to food handling and storage.  

The British Retail Consortium, or BRC, is a trade association in the UK and a BRC certification is an internationally-recognised accreditation in food safety and quality. British Retail Consortium Global Standards (BRCGS) is a global brand and consumer protection organisation. Any company can apply to receive a certificate, which can be achieved by undertaking a third-party audit. This will measure the company against the Standard’s requirements and is carried out by an accredited certification body. The BRC rates certification bodies on their technical performance and efficiency in providing customer service.

To safeguard your business reputation, it is important that you partner with a good logistics operator

Going through the process

It’s a comparatively straightforward process to become BRC certified. Firstly, you must purchase the standard, so you are able to assess your level of compliance with current BRC Standards. It can be bought from the BRC Global Standards Bookshop. You must then apply for auditing, which will determine if you need to make any corrective actions to gain the certificate. Once you meet the criteria, you will be awarded your certificate. With over 28,000 sites in more than 130 countries, BRC is the most widespread global standard underpinning brand and reputation, through compliance.

BRC accreditation provides you with confidence

A BRC certificate is now a fundamental requirement for leading retailers, manufacturers and food service organisations, such as Boughey Distribution. The accreditation provides the framework for companies to fulfil their legal obligations to product quality safety and provide protection for the end consumer as well as their own brand. It is based on a standardised quality, safety and operational assessment. Benefits include increased customer confidence and the potential opening of new market opportunities. Aspects such as product safety, quality, integrity and legality are all covered comprehensively, with clearly-defined risk-based requirements. Those compliant with BRC will also enjoy benefits such as being included in the online BRCGS Directory, a comprehensive support package and exclusive and free access to the BRCGS Professional Program. Originally introduced in 2006, the Global Standard for Storage and Distribution provides a certification link between the range of BRCGS manufacturing Standards and the end user, such as a retailer or food service company.

The Global Standard for Food Safety has been initiated by food industry experts including retailers, manufacturers and food service organisations. It is also benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). The standard provides a framework for the management of product safety, integrity, legality and quality by defining the necessary operational controls for manufacturing, processing and packing of food and food ingredients. The Global Standard for Food Safety focuses on such areas as senior management commitment and the development of a culture of product safety. It identifies significant food safety hazards for products and processes, to ensure the safety of products based on hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) and a food safety plan. It also addresses quality management systems, environmental and operational conditions for the production of safe food, food fraud prevention, and the requirements for high-risk, high-care and ambient high-care production risk zones.

Need a good logistics partner with all the right accreditations in place?

The same high standards are also applied to Materials Packaging, which is a fundamental part of any brand. It defines product integrity and security, and drives innovation. The Global Standard for Packaging Materials was the first Packaging Standard in the world recognised by the GSFI committee. The Global Standard for Packaging Materials is suitable for manufacturers of primary, secondary and tertiary packaging materials, and producers of packaging materials for conversion or printing and suppliers of packaging materials from stock where additional processing or repacking occurs. Both accreditations are an essential part of any successful logistics business strategy and Boughey is proud to have secured both the Food Safety and Packaging Materials certificates.

To find out how we can help with your warehousing and distribution needs, and strengthen your business, please get in touch.

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