BRC (British Retail Consortium) is an international standard for food safety management system, one of the certification systems certified by GFSI. It understands the requirements of the food processor for an effective food safety management system. The standard applies to any supplier, regardless of product or country of origin, and sets the standard for food manufacturing plants.
BRC (British Retail Consortium) is an important commercial & Trade body for British retailers. Whether the retail store or large department store or a department store or a small independent store, BRC protects there interest. Obtaining the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety certification gives your brand an international reputation for quality, safety and responsibility for food products. The program is fully endorsed by the Global Food Standard Initiative (GFSI) and is designed to be effective, reducing the need for multiple audits and helping you improve your processes and save time and resources. By being part of more than 18,000 BRC-certified manufacturers in 100 countries, you will enjoy increased consumer confidence and open up new opportunities.
The ASCENT INSPECTA provided assistance for the development of the BRC standard. Our in-depth understanding of the BRC standard has allowed us to bring real benefits to our customers through ASCENT INSPECTA's unique Commercial Insurance Review methodology..
This ensures that we focus on the areas or issues that are important to your business. Our auditors are experts in the food industry who understand the needs of your business and can perform effective and efficient audits of your system.
BRC certification supports retailer objectives at all levels of the manufacturing and distribution supply chain. This is achieved through improved supplier standards and consistent operational controls to prevent product failures.
In line with the goal of the Global Food Security Initiative (GFSI), "once certified, accepted everywhere", the BRC certification aims to reduce the redundancy of audits for certified operations. This is accomplished through additional intended modules applicable to both Food and Storage & Spreading standards to enable certification of other activities required by customers.
The experience of the past few years has shown that the strategy adopted by the distribution companies, oriented to the development of the retailer brand, has led to the redefinition of the organizational approaches of the retail companies themselves. Among the other consequences, the retailer has subjected the suppliers to a growing number of inspections to check the compliance with contractual requirements; for this reason, towards the end of the 1990s, the largest distribution chains in the UK market defined a standard including hygiene and safety requirements, quality assurance and the respect for the working environment, which, if respected by the producers, can guarantee complete conformity for the activities involved.
The development of such a standard was initially driven by the need to meet legislative requirements but was quickly seen as having significant benefits to the suppliers of products to the UK retailers and there has been considerable interest internationally as this standard has been implemented. In fact, the neutral of the Technical Standard and Practice for Companies Supplying Retailer Branded Food Products (shortly, BRC food technical standard) is to postulate food safety and quality criteria required to be in place within a manufacturers organisation to supply creation to retailers.
The new strategic trends of distribution companies have led to the introduction of retailer brand names onto the market, which is the branding of the product with the distributor’s name rather than the producer’s, where products are processed by industrial companies on behalf of the distribution company.
In this context, the role of the brand name takes on a different, and more important, meaning, as it provides the consumer with a guarantee not only of the quality of the product but the quality of the whole distribution company who becomes responsible for satisfying specific consumer demands.
This greater commitment to the management of the goods supplied through the sales network is repaid by the great advantages of a distribution policy based on the use of a retailer brand name, as can be summarized below:
In addition to the core BRC Standards, Ascent INSPECTA can help you with a range of Additional Modules that can be added to the standard audit process.
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