Howard Tenens Logistics’ Swindon warehouse has been awarded with the highest possible, AA-grade BRC accreditation. This time under issue 4 of the Storage and Distribution Global Standard. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) award is an internationally recognised standard that is fast becoming a fundamental requirement for logistics customers. It has become a benchmark for best practices in storage and distribution, guarantying the standardisation of quality, safety and operational criteria. The Standards audit confirms Tenens’ adherence to strict quality, safety and operational criteria and ensures that manufacturers fulfil their legal obligations and provide protection for the end consumer.

This year, a new version of the standard was released. This saw the following adaptations take place on-site; complete allergen management and segregation of produces, implementation of a product safety and quality culture plan, expansion of the HACCP team including the introduction of a deputy team leader, fraud vulnerability and integrity checks, as well as a plaster log for reporting all injuries both inside and outside of the workplace that result in the need for a plaster to be applied. There is a focus on ensuring all operational staff understand the BRC requirements and as such, they have all attended a training session. Briefings for regular suppliers and/or subcontractors are also conducted.

Alexandra Rothery, HSEQ Supervisor for Howard Tenens Swindon, comments: “This really has been a labour of love and wouldn’t have been even slightly achievable without the relentless hard work from our Coffee Network team.

When BRCGS announced that they were releasing a new version of the standard, we knew it was going to be tough to achieve an AA grade again. We have had to rethink some processes and really adapt our approach to work here on the Coffee Network. However, the team have taken it all in their stride, they have been enthusiastic and productive, all while relocating the operation at the same time!”