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Howard Tenens’ Swindon warehouse has been awarded the highest possible AA-grade accreditation by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) after an audit confirmed its adherence to strict quality, safety and operational criteria.

A new version of the standard was released this year, prompting adaptations by the company including complete allergen management and segregation of produces; implementation of a product safety and quality culture plan; expansion of the HACCP team including the introduction of a deputy team leader, as well as fraud vulnerability and integrity checks.

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Alexandra Rothery, Howard Tenens Swindon HSEQ supervisor said: “This really has been a labour of love and wouldn’t have been even slightly achievable without the relentless hard work from our Coffee Network team.

“When BRCGS announced that they were releasing a new version of the standard, we knew it was going to be tough to achieve an AA grade again.

“We have had to rethink some processes and really adapt our approach to work here on the Coffee Network.”