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Understanding BRCGS for Cold Chain Organizations

Understanding BRCGS for Cold Chain Organizations

CORE X Partners is committed to ensuring the highest standards of food safety, recognizing it within their CORE Values to Protect, Preserve, and Provide. By embracing these values, our partners ensure the safety of their team members and the integrity of the foods they transport.  Each location and facility ensures stringent processes are in place to safeguard the quality of stored and distributed food products in adherence with the British Retail Consortium Global Standards (BRCGS). This commitment to BRCGS reflects their unwavering determination to maintain excellence in food safety, ultimately ensuring the trust and confidence of their clients and stakeholders. 

What is BRCGS?

The British Retail Consortium offers a widely recognized standard known as BRCGS (British Retail Consortium Global Standards) for Storage and Distribution. This standard, endorsed by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), provides a comprehensive framework for managing quality, safety, and operational criteria within food facilities. The recent completion of the BRCGS audit – and AA certificate – at CORE X Complete showcases our commitment to meeting and exceeding these rigorous standards.


Why is BRCGS Compliance Important?

The benefits of BRCGS certification extend far beyond regulatory compliance. Adhering to BRCGS standards offers several advantages in the food industry, including:

Standardization and Consistency:

BRCGS standard ensures a uniform approach to managing quality and safety across the industry, promoting consistency and reliability.

Consumer Confidence:

By aligning with BRCGS standards, organizations like CORE X Partners can assure consumers of the safety and high quality of their products, fostering trust and loyalty.

Global Recognition and Access to Markets: 

BRCGS certification opens doors to new market opportunities, as many retailers and manufacturers require this level of certification to conduct business.

Legal Compliance:

BRCGS aids in ensuring compliance with food safety laws and regulations, reducing the risk of legal issues.

Reduced Food Safety Risk: 

Adhering to BRCGS protocols mitigates the risk of contamination and spoilage, bolstering overall food safety efforts.

The BRCGS Audit Process


The BRCGS audit process is an extensive evaluation of various aspects crucial to maintaining food safety and quality standards. From facility inspection and employee observation to meticulous review of food safety management systems.

The comprehensive nature of the BRCGS audit underscores its vital role in ensuring that products are stored and distributed safely, adhering to stringent regulatory requirements such as the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The Bottom Line

In essence, the BRCGS standards set the benchmark for food safety, regulatory compliance, and consumer trust in the food industry. For cold chain organizations like CORE X Partners, upholding these standards is more than a recommended practice; it is a testament to their unwavering dedication to product integrity and safety.

CORE X Partners works to facilitate each Partner inspection, follow-up, and approval via a dedicated Director of Quality and Safety, and a team that supports individual location regulation and participation. From internal inspections to unannounced BRCGS audits every three years, the entire CORE X team relies upon established protocols and practices to ensure compliance, safety, and customer satisfaction at every stage of the cold chain. Each location’s dedication to consistently safe practices has resulted in a nearly 100% approval rating (with the final location in queue for inspection). We are proud to display BRCGS Certified banners on each of our inspection-complete locations, including CORE X HUTT, CORE X COMPLETE, CORE X PREMIER, CORE X PERFORMANCE, AND CORE X GRESS

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