Wholesaler Castell Howell is celebrating after being awarded the highest level AA grade BRC Global Standard Accreditation.

Developed by the industry to identify best practice, the BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution is specifically designed for logistics operations dealing with food, packaging and consumer products and sets a benchmark for the sector.

The Caterforce member based in Carmarthenshire was awarded the top AA grade as the wholesaler demonstrated the highest quality product safety, integrity, quality and legality throughout the storage and distribution process.

“We’re absolutely delighted with this recognition,” said Matt Lewis, Director, Castell Howell. “Not only does this reflect the incredible hard work of our team, particularly during the challenging period of the pandemic, but it also provides Castel Howell customers with complete peace of mind that they will receive the very highest level of service from our dedicated, hard-working team.”

During the audit, the wholesaler was put under the microscope with elements such as organisational structure, responsibility and management, hazard and risk analysis, site and building standards, facility management, personnel and much more were put under scrutiny, but passed with flying colours.

Richard Davies, Head of Compliance, Castell Howell, said: “This accreditation is testament to the continued efforts of our loyal workforce, effectively co-ordinated by Jayne Griffiths, Food Safety Manager and Beverley Thomas, Technical Supervisor.”

Castell Howell was established in 1988 and during the past 33 years, it has grown to become Wales’ leading independent foodservice wholesaler, supplying all of Wales, the Border Counties and the South West of England. Proud of its Welsh roots, Castell Howell supplies and promotes regional products alongside bestselling brands, and remains a family-run business focussed on continual growth and success.

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