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Red flags in the supply chain

By Oliver Chapman

The supply chain is complex and ever-changing, which means dangers lurk within. Oliver Chapman, CEO of supply chain specialists OCI, outlines ways to spot red flags in the supply chain.

Lewis: 'In the countdown to Christmas, it’s not just the price for space that is spiralling, it’s also the demand and so the little remaining warehouse space for new stock becomes especially costly'


Warehouse costs: Auditing ahead of the festive period

By Andy Lewis

Andy Lewis, retail and operations director at surplus food redistribution expert Company Shop Group, discusses need for businesses to reconsider the stock that they currently have tied up in expensive third party warehouses ahead of the busy festive trading...

The GFSI has launched a new benchmark for food safety auditors

GFSI launches new benchmark for food safety auditors

By Gwen Ridler

The ‘first-ever’ set of Benchmarking Requirements for food safety auditor Professional Recognition Bodies has been launched by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) in a bid to raise the profile of the profession and attract and retain talent.

Mark White revealed a new best practice statement for future audits

GCA announces best practice statement for audits

By Gwen Ridler

A new best practice statement to respond to suppliers’ concerns about the way the large supermarkets are carrying out audits was unveiled by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) today (30 September).

Suppliers have compalined about the excessive burden of retailer hygiene audits

Reduce burden of hygiene audits

By Michelle Perrett

The burden of excessive retailer hygiene audits of their food and drink suppliers needs to be reduced, argues the head of the Provision Trade Federation (PTF).

Pyramid auditing can lead to 'another pointless, non-risk based audit': PTF

Pyramid auditing 'adds to manufacturers' costs'

By Michael Stones

Pyramid or cascade auditing – the practice of using third parties to conduct audits of food manufacturing premises – can result in needless expense, add to red tape and risks compromising the intellectual property (IP) of some businesses, warns the Provision...

The number of multiple audits suppliers experience could be reduced with the latest update to the BRC Global Standards Directory

BRC Global Standards update will cut multiple audits

By Rick Pendrous

Food manufacturers should be able to reduce the number of multiple retail food hygiene audits they are subjected to, with the updated British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standards Directory published yesterday (August 13).

Beat the ESOS bottleneck and a £45,000 penalty: Inenco

£45k penalty for ESOS scheme non compliance

By Michael Stones

Large food and drink manufacturing businesses that fail to complete a mandatory energy could face a penalty of £45,000 by next February, according to a recent seminar on the government’s Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

Tesco is under investigation by the Serious Fraud office, the GCA and the FRC

Financial watchdog focuses on supplier relations

By Rick Pendrous

The complex relationships between retailers and their suppliers is to be investigated by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) over the coming year, it was announced in its 11th annual report published today (May 29).

'The UK supply chain system was audited to death': Prof Chris Elliott

Retailers step up unannounced audits to fight fraud

By Rod Addy

Supermarkets are shifting to unannounced audits of suppliers in efforts to make their supply chains watertight in the wake of the horsemeat scandal, according to professor Chris Elliott.

Tacon: 'We will look at the results in more detail'

Suppliers slate retailers for shifting supply terms

By Rod Addy

Grocery suppliers highlighted retailers altering agreement terms as their top complaint under the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP), according to survey findings published a year after its launch.

Standard audits are unlikely to detect fraud, said the British Retail Consortium

BRC audit not designed to pick up food fraud

By Rick Pendrous

Conventional third-party hygiene audits of suppliers are unlikely to pick up examples of food fraud – such as the horsemeat incidents exposed earlier this year – a leading audit scheme owner has said.

BRC clamps down on competence

BRC clamps down on competence

By Rick Pendrous

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is increasing its focus on the competence of certification bodies (CBs) as it moves to introduce the sixth edition of its Global Standard for Food Safety, which was published in July and comes into force next January.

Retailers may spring surprise audits on suppliers

Retailers may spring surprise audits on suppliers

By Freddie Dawson and Ben Bouckley

Version 6 of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety could lead to more unannounced audits being forced on manufacturers, according to a third-party certification body.

Will the BRC's new Global Standard steal centre stage?

Will the BRC's new Global Standard steal centre stage?

By Ben Bouckley

The BRC claims its new Global Standard for Food Safety will prioritise auditor training and time on the factory floor, but one technical manager has dismissed it as a "complete sideshow", as large food manufacturers struggle with more thorough...

BRC: Tell us if you’ve got issues with our standards

BRC: Tell us if you’ve got issues with our standards

By Elaine Watson

Too much duplication in food safety auditing is “regrettable”, but the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard was never designed to replace customer standards or audits completely, but free up supermarkets to focus on “development and brand specific...

Too many food safety audits spoil the broth

Too many food safety audits spoil the broth

By Elaine Watson

As the BRC starts work on version six of its Global Food Safety Standard, leading UK own-label manufacturers have continued to question its relevance as the supermarkets have carried on – and in many cases stepped up – their own auditing activities with...

Mash Direct has been awarded an A* after unannounced BRC audits two years in a row

Are unannounced BRC audits a 'complete waste of time?'

By Elaine Watson

Less than 70 sites out of 12,000+ food production facilities audited to version five of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Food Safety Standard have opted for unannounced audits, has learned.

Red Tractor

FSA probes third-party assurance schemes

By Elaine Watson

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a probe into third-party assurance schemes such as the Red Tractor and Lion Eggs standard in a bid to understand the extent to which they improve compliance with food legislation.

BRC mends its ways

BRC mends its ways

By Rick Pendrous

The BRC tightens its standards in response to Tesco's concerns


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