The Fruitery, the prepared and ready-to-eat fruit division at Chambers has been honoured with a AA* grade after an unannouced audit in February.
The grade, the highest achievable award, came just less than a year after it was officially certified by the British Retail Cosortium
"The BRC AA* certification in such a short space of time since The Fruitery’s launch in 2019 is further proof of the business’ ongoing commitment to delivering a superior product that boasts the top level of global food compliance,” says Kate Boxall, Compliance and Health & Safety Manager for The Fruitery.
The two-day audit was based on analysis of the paperwork trail for all fruit that is processed via The Fruitery’s high-care facility, as well as face-to-face meetings with key production staff.
Auditors spent time with members of The Fruitery team to assess their levels of awareness of the recommended processes to ensure compliance with the global food safety initiative – and to determine whether they understood and fully implemented the required protocols in line with industry best practice, to deliver a quality, safe product.
“100% traceability, an unmatched time scale from harvest to preparation and a hefty investment in state-of-the-art technology to ensure that we comply with the most stringent food hygiene protocols, these have always been the cornerstone of The Fruitery proposition, Boxall added.
The Fruitery, which is located at Chambers' headquarters, provides berries that are picked fresh, prepared, packed and dispatched on site. In February, it expanded to include the supply of branded fresh fruit and medley pots for the foodservice, retail and culinary trade sectors, alongside the original white label offering.