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Beacon Foods retains BRC status

01 April 2010

Ingredients specialist Beacon Foods is celebrating after retaining its British Retail Consortium Global Standard for Food Safety status with distinction following a recent 3-day audit

The multi-award winning Brecon-based company is delighted to have retained the important status, which is regarded as the benchmark for best practice in the food industry, with a grade A.

The BRC is the lead trade association representing UK retailers, many of which will only consider doing business with suppliers who have gained certification to the appropriate BRC Global Standard.

"We have achieved BRC Global Standard for Food Safety grade A for the second year running and this year's audit showed a further improvement, which is fantastic news for the company and a reward for a great team effort by staff," said Catrin Davies, Beacon Foods' technical manager.

"The standard provides a measure by which food manufactures and suppliers can demonstrate to potential and current customers a level of competence in food safety and quality systems.

"The BRC audit is very thorough as it inspects all areas of the business, from production and new product development to technical, quality assurance, transport and maintenance, paying close attention to Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) policies.

"It's all about customer confidence in our products and the good reputation of our business.

"It's difficult to say if we have won any extra business as a result of achieving the standard, but it reinforces to existing customers our commitment to food safety and quality."

The company has also had its organic accreditation renewed by Organic Farmers and Growers. Mrs Davies said the accreditation gave the company the flexibility to produce organic products as and when required.

Established in Brecon with just four staff in 1993, Beacon Foods now employs 105 people in a purpose-built food processing plant. The family-owned company, which is run by managing director Edward Gough is the UK's leading specialist producer of roasted and char grilled vegetables and fruit ranges, relishes, chutneys and compotes.

The company supplies a wide customer base of manufacturers, food service and smaller independent companies. It also produces a small range of award-winning ready meals for the Really Welsh Trading Company.

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