The ‘much coveted’ British Retail Consortium (BRC) standard is designed to assess the ability of food processors to comply with food safety requirements and demonstrate due diligence. Atchison Topeka is one of the few 3PLs to have attained certification which is prerequisite for many of the UK’s leading food retailers and global food service companies.
Atchison Topeka’s Quality Manager, Joanne Bradley, believes that the accreditation demonstrates what can be achieved by a focused and disciplined team sharing the same objectives. She said:“I cannot emphasise enough what a huge commitment this is for the business and what team effort was involved in attaining this level of accreditation.”
She feels that the accreditation sends out a clear message to both existing and potential customers and adds: “As part of our continuation as a business we want to branch into the food handling sector. Inevitably with this comes a heightened expectation of food safety requirements ensuring the high standards our customers expect and themselves operate at are offered and satisfied.”
Operations Project Manager, Adam Cooper’s role in providing support to the operational and technical teams was pivotal to the success of the process and said: “The accreditation enables us to extend the scope of our services, adding value to the traditional supply chain model.”
The food industry is dictated by variable demands where processors and handlers can periodically find themselves full to capacity. “AT now has the potential to offer a range of ancillary services such as co-packing/ repacking, blending-powders or liquids, mixing and sachet packing which would help customers during those often unpredictable fluctuations:” adds Mr Cooper.
As an endorsement of technical competence and excellence the BRC ‘Global Standard for Food Safety’ accreditation will enable AT to offer a wider range of innovative and value added supply chain solutions. The extension of its core business provision demonstrates a commitment to its customers by its ability to deliver enhanced levels of service and competitive advantage.
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