UK coffee roaster Lincoln & York has been awarded the new AA grade rating by the British Retail Consortium. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is an internationally recognised safety and quality certification programme.
Lincoln & York has been Grade A accredited for over 12 years. This year’s audit followed several changes to BRC’s inspection criteria including the introduction of the ‘AA Grade’ which is now awarded to superior facilities with the fewest non-conformances.
Jeff Kidd, Factory Manager at Lincoln & York, said of the achievement:
“We are delighted to have been awarded the Grade AA accreditation by the BRC following a rigorous two-day audit. With the criteria changes involved in Version 7, the Lincoln & York team worked hard to ensure all areas of the business exceeded the BRC’s already high expectations. We were very proud to receive such positive feedback.”
In response to increased demand for private label coffee, Lincoln & York opened a contingency roastery alongside its existing HQ in 2014. The whole site was audited and awarded Grade AA.