Retaining BRC approval for over a decade, responsible family business Oakland International has again maintained British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) quality standard for storage and distribution.
Oakland’s quality assurance manager, Louise Smith, stated: “We are again delighted to retain our BRC accreditation as it offers positive recognition for our customers and partners that we are a highly rated supply chain partner.
“An extensive range of food contract packing support services, Oakland’s frozen, chilled and ambient supply chain solution collaborates with UK, Irish and European producers and suppliers and our approach of optimising lean methodology and automation to ensure efficient processes, whilst removing any non-value added activities, is part of our culture and strategy for sustainable growth.”
One of the first businesses in their sector to receive BRC accreditation, Oakland’s business approach of working collaboratively with producers and retailers to optimise service, quality and consumer availability remain key focus areas. The BRC storage and distribution standard encompasses all activities undertaken by Oakland International that may affect safety, quality and legality of the products that are handled and stored at Oakland, with BRC’s standard undertaken and viewed by Oakland as a cross-functional responsibility, wholly supported by Oakland’s senior management and team members.
2016 has been a highly successful year for Oakland International, having been acknowledged with a number of awards, receiving the Business Initiative of the Year Award at The Grocer Gold Awards 2016, Highly Commended at the National Red Ribbon Awards and an IGD Award finalist for their distress load management service, whereby food losses are minimized for customers, loss adjusters and hauliers on distressed loads. Oakland’s Operations Director Lynsey McIntosh joined finalists in both the Women in Logistics UK Awards and FTA Everywoman Transport & Logistics Awards as well as the company recognised as a Top 100 Local Employer and ranked in the London Stock Exchange report in the Top 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain (March 2016).
Audited against Oakland’s Quality Management System, which demonstrates compliance with the BRC standard, with adherence to HACCP and the company’s quality statement and objectives, Oakland is a multi-temperature supply chain specialist dealing with UK and Irish retail, discount, convenience and wholesale markets from their UK and Irish based facilities.
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