QUAYCONNECT BECOMES NZ’S ONLY BRC-ACCREDITED WINE STORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION FACILITY
By achieving a globally-recognised food safety accreditation from British Retail Consortium (BRC) this year, the QuayConnect team is now offering even greater support to NZ’s wine industry. BRC, a consortium of British retailers, established the accreditation process with the aim of harmonising food safety standards across the supply chain, so that food stuffs produced internationally, are safe to eat, legal and of high quality.
Many retailers in the U.K. including the large supermarket chains, will only stock products handled or stored in facilities with BRC certification. As a consequence, QuayConnect’s BRC accreditation will help many more Top of the South wineries to access the U.K. market.
The audit took place in April this year with a two-day visit by a BRC auditor who examined every aspect of the QuayConnect operation including documentation, warehouse management, safe food handling, sanitation and staff training. The auditor not only approved QuayPack’s BRC certification, but gave it an AA-rating. As a result, QuayConnect is now the only wine storage and distribution facility in NZ with BRC accreditation.