Hilltop Ranch certified by British Retail Consortium

Posted on October 19th, 2012

Food safety and assured quality are best achieved by suppliers who control an organization that delivers reliable performance according to tested policies, procedures and documentation. To achieve and verify this objective, Hilltop Ranch, Inc. recently completed certification by the distinguished British Retail Consortium (BRC), the global standard for food safety, and received the coveted “Classification: A”.

The BRC Global Standards are a suite of four technical standards that require an organization to rise to the highest level of performance in production, packaging, storage and distribution of safe food products. The BRC standard has gained worldwide acceptance, and is specified by a growing base of industrial manufacturers in North America, the EU, and beyond.

Hilltop Ranch involved its teams in all areas of the company in making necessary improvements and changes in policies, procedures and documents, and then implemented these through training in all departments. Two auditors spent three days reviewing the entire organization, from the policy manual to the workplace floor. In conclusion, they found that Hilltop Ranch was at the highest level of compliance with the BRC standard, having examined operations in receiving, shelling, sorting, packaging, storage, and distribution of bulk almonds.

Dexter Long, VP and General Manager, said: “The BRC certification was part of our continuous effort in food safety and quality. We chose BRC due to our belief in its global recognition and stringent requirements. It required several thousand employee-hours and a significant financial investment, and will require the ongoing commitment of the whole company. We value our customers’ trust in Hilltop Ranch, and BRC certification is one way of answering that trust with our highest commitment to safe, high quality products.”

Cert available for download: BRC Certificate for Hilltop Ranch 2012 10

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