Savona Foodservice achieves renowned BRC accreditation in Storage & Distribution
When Quality met Double A…
It’s been an eventful two years at Savona Foodservice. Following the acquisition of Ilfracombe Wholesale Grocers by Savona Provisions, the group have implemented a complete rebrand, developed a state-of-the-art freezer extension in the Oxford depot, doubled the cold store capacity of Ilfracombe depot and been awarded multiple contracts. The company refuse to sit still as it sets to launch its pioneering online ordering platform, which uses Artificial Intelligence programmed specifically for the food sector, to offer customers a sophisticated yet quick and easy service.
Through their modern-day thinking, enthusiasm and growing reputation, Savona Foodservice are fast-achieving premium status in the industry, as they continue to offer quality products, food safety, supply chain and customer service.
This approach goes hand-in-hand with the British Retail Consortium’s attention to detail and strong audit ethos, designed to show quality in processes. Recognised around the world, the top score for the announced audit scheme is AA.
Savona have been awarded BRC AA standard at both Oxford and Ilfracombe depots, an achievement that the company is extremely proud of as it moves to headline the future of the foodservice industry.
Establishing robust processes and then auditing them is far from new, which is why the BRC audit is so hard to get the highest score for. BRC auditors are experienced, well-practised and well trained, and subsequently know when it is just the appearance of quality they are looking at. Those organisations do not receive the AA standard.
“AA standard isn’t just another accreditation,” commented Mike Morgan, Director and General Manager at the Oxford depot, “it is an external recognition of the investment that we have made to achieve the highest possible quality assurances.”
Receiving BRC AA at both depots offers assurance and confidence to both existing and future customers. “We’ve always known that our company is built on quality,” commented Kelly Williams, Sales & Marketing Director, “and accreditation at the highest levels simply gives us third party verification and allows us to share this with prospective customers.”
Kelly and her sales team have certainly been sharing this quality ethos and the BRC audit news recently, achieving new annual contract revenues, something she attributes in part to being able to reassure multi-site catering organisations of consistent quality delivery.
BRC AA standard is a challenge to achieve – keeping it is more challenging still, which is why the internal audit team are continuing to monitor and advise to make sure that processes stay in control and data collection remains accurate.
With Online Ordering now in the customer pilot stage, rumours of geographical expansion and new staff being added to sales and operations teams, it is likely that there is going to be much more news from Savona Foodservice in the near future.
Kerrie Anson, Marketing Coordinator