Staff at Aston Manor Cider’s three production facilities are celebrating the award of the highest grades in the BRC Global Standard for drinks producers, following rigorous audits.
For the last three years, Aston Manor Cider’s Tiverton and Aston sites have received the coveted AA+ accreditation following unannounced visits. The Stourport-on-Seven pressing facility has achieved the AA grade since 2015, the best result this site can earn due to the visits being organised in advance.
The UK’s largest independent cidermaker is one of very few drinks manufacturers to secure AA+ accreditation – the highest rating available. No other producer has achieved the same level of multi-site recognition.
The BRC Global Standard audit is the most renowned certification programme in the industry and examines all areas of manufacturing and production. The audit has been developed to provide a framework for managing the quality and safety of food and drinks products.
The Midlands-based business has consistently set the standard for other producers after a significant period of investment to increase the capability and capacity across all areas of operation. Over five years, the business has invested over £30m to establish outstanding facilities.
Jamie Weall, head of compliance at Aston Manor Cider, said: “We’re delighted to achieve the top result again. Being recognised with the best possible score across unannounced and planned audits really proves that our entire team is dedicated to producing the best cider to the highest standards. Our customers and consumers enjoy the results of this in the form of award-winning drinks.”
“It is testament to our people that our success is consistent. We are subject to around 20 technical audits each year, with half of these being unannounced.
“We work hard to maintain these industry leading standards.”
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