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Something which you may not be aware of is the BRC Quality Standard. The company was founded in 1996 by retailers who were looking to standardise food safety standards across the supply chain. To this day, it has become a globally recognised standard for both food and non-food industries.

Tins wrapped in polyolefin shrink wrap sat on a supermarket shelf

Subsequently, it is a standard which has been put in place to make consumers aware that the packaging on the products they buy has been created in a suitable environment. Additionally, for those seeking packaging from a supplier, they will benefit from them being accredited by the BRC.

What is the BRC Quality Standard?

Essentially, it is a hygiene standard which assists to guarantee a hygiene standard on a product which has been produced and has been deemed environmentally hygienic. In the United Kingdom, it is a major concern as far as the major retailers are concerned as they want to be able to show that all products in their supply chain have been produced in safe conditions.

Why is it relevant to the packaging industry?

Packaging is a fundamental part of any brand as it defines product integrity as well as appeal. Consumers are often drawn towards familiar brands, so many organisations choose to keep their products consistent in size, colour and shape. The BRC has a global standard for packaging and packaging materials. It can be used for all types of products from food to consumer products.

For those in the packaging industry, it can be an important standard to implement as it is recognised globally. Consumers are more likely to choose a product or packaging type which has a BRC Global Standard, as they will know that the packaging has been made in a safe environment.

The benefits

For those who produce products for retail and get their packaging from another supplier, it can be incredibly beneficial to the company to get the packaging from a BRC accredited company. Some of the benefits include:

  • Consumer satisfaction – consumers will recognise the standard.
  • Best practice – assurance that systems in place are working to enable the production of safe packaging.
  • Reduced costs – continual improvement of the quality, hygiene and product safety systems which results in business efficiency.


In our case, it means that the films we supply which are used in food contact applications have originated in production environments assessed to the BRC (British Retail Consortium) standard. We are pleased to say that we are able to offer films which are indeed BRC assured.

Additionally, we believe it to be increasingly necessary for companies within the food industry, of which we supply many, BRC is a wide-ranging Quality Management system which can bring many benefits to the efficient running of a business.

Here at Kempner, we supply a number of shrink wrap films including polyolefin shrink wrap as well as shrink wrap machinery. Please do not hesitate to get in touch for a competitive quote.