North South Wines secures top grade in BRCGS food safety audit  


Wine distributor North South Wines said they have been awarded an ‘AA Grade’ – the highest rating possible for an announced audit – after it was assessed against the BRCGS Global Standard for Agents and Brokers.

North South Wines is now one of only a handful of UK wine distributors and agencies to have earned the certification which provides a framework to manage product safety, authenticity, quality and legality for non-manufacturing businesses in the food, packaging and consumer products industries.

“Attaining formal recognition via Agents and Brokers accreditation not only demonstrates to our customers that we are committed to upholding a set of globally recognised and industry-leading quality and safety standards, but it also gives us the framework we need to further instil a ‘culture of quality’ throughout the business,” said Emily Brighton, North South Wines’ technical manager who led the project over an eighteen-month period.

The ten-hour audit assessed the company against a broad scope including senior management commitment; hazard and risk analysis; product safety and quality management; supplier and subcontracted service management, and personnel.

“The news that we have been awarded the top AA grade for our BRCGS Agent and Broker certification has made me so proud,” Kim Wilson, managing director and founder of the West Drayton-based company, said.

“Quality has always been at the forefront of what we do here at North South Wines. It is a well-deserved result for the NSW team, as well as our partner wineries and suppliers who have supported us throughout the process. BRCGS Agent and Broker has given us a great framework to instil the quality culture throughout the business and to offer our customer on hundred percent assurance in what we do.”