Scotland-based ACA has secured the BRC Global Standard (BRCGS) for Packaging materials. The company secured a Grade AA rating for food packaging. It is believed to be the first finishing house in the UK to achieve BRCGS Issue 6: 2019 certification.
Now ACA is able to safely handle materials that come into direct contact with food as well as those with an intervening barrier, in other words primary as well as secondary packaging. The scope of certification activities is defined as ‘Foil blocking and nesting of printed cartons, sleeves, trays, and inserts for food packaging’.
Dara Changizi, Director, says, “Having successfully operated a BRC facility for packaging materials for the past few years, we identified a need, from customer feedback, for nesting cartons and sleeves which come into direct contact with food. To achieve the standard set out in a 115 page document, our business management system was revised to include additional policies and procedures to meet the requirements with further controls put in relevant to primary packaging. The revised system was rolled out along with investment in staff training, machinery and resources. We were delighted when the auditor came in and recommended us for the AA grade.”
ACA, which has a 5,000 sq ft clean room or BRC room within its 40,000 sq ft factory adjacent to Glasgow Airport, believes that this new certification will attract more business. It has strong logistics including its own fleet of vehicles which allows it to collect and deliver work thoughout the UK. It handles jobs for small independent businesses through to large international packaging groups.