All DCs Retain BRC Certifications
All Merchants Foodservice distribution centers have retained the Global Standard for Storage and Distribution issued by the British Retail Consortium, the largest trade organization in the British retail industry and the global leader in industry review standards.
The distribution center in Newberry, South Carolina, earned the certification on January 19, 2018. The Clanton, Alabama, distribution center was approved for the standard in September 2017. The Jackson, Mississippi distribution center was approved for the standard in August 2017. The Tifton, Georgia distribution center was approved for the standard in December 2017. This will be the second year that all of the distribution centers have earned these certificates.
The certifications signal the company’s dedication to best practices in the storing, wholesaling and distributing of food and other products. Activities affecting the safety, quality and legality of products at the distribution centers are audited during the standard’s year-long review process. Rodney Elam, previous director of food safety for Merchants, states, “The BRC standard is the highest audit in our industry, and we pursued it because our customer base is looking for us to be certified at the highest level.”
Andy Mercier, president and CEO of Merchants, said the certification should be reassuring to current customers and attractive to potential customers.
“The standard shows that we have best practices in place as well as a process of continual improvement,” said Mercier. “Customers can have confidence in our processes and in the integrity of all products received from us.”
The standard, introduced in 2006, has since been adopted by 23,000 suppliers in 123 countries.
Merchants Foodservice serves 12 Southeastern states and is ranked 12th in sales volume among the 2,600 food distributors in the United States. The corporate office is located in Purvis, Mississippi.