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Newsletter 2016 Q3: BRC Certification

Sonoco Consumer Products Europe plants receive top marks in BRC certification

Given the essential role of hygiene for food packaging, pro­duction at Sonoco Consumer Products Europe plants strictly adheres to the provisions of the world’s leading program for product safety and quality certifications, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard. All of the packaging specia­list’s European plants were promptly awarded the recently introduced AA grade of excellence in the current certification process; the only exception is the plant in Inofita, Greece, where the audit is still pending.

The AA certification under the BRC Global Standard confirms that Sonoco continues to meet the highest international hygienic standards. By introducing the new grade of excellence, the BRC has responded to the changing face of safety, quality and hygiene requirements in the food industry, which have grown increasingly stringent over the past several years. The new grade is part of Revision 5 of the Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Material, which also raised the bar for suppliers in the food industry. The BRC Global Standard now requires certificate holders to provide more rigorous risk analysis throughout the supply, production, and transport chains. It also places allergens and food defense, i.e. protecting food against intentional con­tami­nation, more in the spotlight of risk analysis. As a result, certified companies are called upon to develop preventive measures to best protect the consumer.

Highest standards in hygiene, quality and energy efficiency
Sonoco’s BRC certification applies to all areas of the company. Buildings, hygiene management, and the supply chain – they all have to meet strict criteria to be awarded with the excellence grade AA. Accordingly, Sonoco holds trainings for employees on a regular basis and selects its suppliers very carefully.

Along with its hygiene management policies, Sonoco strives to meet the highest quality and energy efficiency standards, and is certified in these areas as well.

By 2018, Sonoco will have combined the norms of the three areas in its own Integrated Management Systems, enabling the company to monitor all of them centrally. Not only will this make Sonoco’s internal processes more efficient; it will enable the systems to seamlessly complement each other without overlap.

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