ABP's Hull Cold Store brings home the bacon!

October 3, 2011

Staff at Associated British Ports’ (ABP) Hull Cold Store have been celebrating the recent accreditation by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) of the Global Standard for Food Safety certificate for the intake, blast freezing, tempering, and storage, of chilled and frozen food products. 

In order to meet the standards of the BRC, the team undertook a full review of all procedures and internal audits, as well as a complete re-write of their quality manual.

Jackie Ennis, ABP Hull Cold Store Manager, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded a BRC certificate, as it recognises the immense amount of hard work the cold store team has put in to ensure that we abide by the strict requirements of the BRC auditors.

“The team’s efforts further demonstrate that ABP adheres to practices that ensure food safety and legality, as well as providing a high quality service to our customers.”

Alan Brook, Operations Manager for VION Food Group, a major customer and importer of Dutch bacon at Hull Cold Store - which handles a quarter of all bacon consumed in the UK – commented: “It is essential to VION that the storage facilities we use meet the highest industry standards, and BRC accreditation is independent confirmation of ABP achieving that. I would like to congratulate Jackie and her team on receipt of the well-earned food safety certificate for the Hull Cold Store.”

The 24,000 cu m high-specification cold-storage facility, located in King George Dock, is equipped with 10,000 pallet spaces and has blast-freezing capability for freezing products down to –25°C. The cold store is approved to export to the USA, Japan, Korea, and China.

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