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BRC visits USA to raise awareness of its Global Standards

Senior members of the British Retail Consortium's (BRC) Technical and Commercial teams are visiting the USA next week (10 – 18 March) to raise the profile and awareness of the BRC and its Global Standards. Some of the high profile companies they will meet include Disney, Land O'Lakes, Supervalu and Cargill.

Wal-Mart has recently specified that its suppliers will have to comply with GFSI Standards and the BRC Global Standard was the first to be successfully benchmarked GFSI.

The BRC team will run several fact finding roadshows, the first taking place in Minneapolis on Monday 10 March. This will allow the BRC Technical and Commercial teams to fully understand the many opportunities to develop the Global Standards in the American market. They will meet with senior technical and quality personnel from leading retailers, manufacturers, suppliers and trade associations.

Dr Geoff Spriegel, Director of Global Standards and Technical Services commented about the visit: “The US Food industry is moving rapidly to adopting the principles of third party certification with an increasing number of retailers and producers specifying GFSI approved standards. Also recent concerns on consumer products have heightened the need for extra assurance in this area. So this presents a major opportunity for the development of BRC Global Standards in the American market. Our tour of the major retailers and producers across the USA will help to raise the profile and awareness of the BRC Global Standards, enable us to identify and meet the requirements of the key industry drivers and to expand BRC certification in this huge market.”

For further details of the BRC Global Standards please visit – www.brcglobalstandards.com

About the British Retail Consortium (BRC)

The British Retail Consortium is the lead trade association for the UK retail sector and is the authoritative voice of the industry to policy makers and to the media. The BRC represents the whole range of retailers, from large multiples and department stores through to independents. Our members sell a wide range of productions in town centre, rural and virtual stores.

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