Quality Approach 2018-09-25T08:37:11+00:00
Passion for detail

Quality for you. Backed by our experience

IFS or BRC are indispensable in your business? Good news: we work in accordance with GFSI standards! Traceability starts with following all traces. That’s why our suppliers from emerging sourcing markets are hand-picked and audited by our own teams, and that’s why we develop products in our own application centre. With a team average of more than 17 years of sourcing and audit experience worldwide we know how to evaluate plants and processes – to choose great suppliers.

Do you know what we know?
Learn about our 9 step supplier qualification process

Self-assessment

Self-assessment

New suppliers have to complete a comprehensive questionnaire for each plant including topics like Food Safety Management, GMP, Storage, HACCP, Food Defence, Environment, Ethics, Compliance with Social and EU Standards.

Product quality & safety

Product quality & safety

Samples checked by BFS in own analytical & application lab. E.g. Texture Analyser, Brookfield, pH-Meter,…

Competitive price

Competitive price

We know if price and quality match

Certificates & Standards

Certificates & Standards

ISO 9.001 and HACCP are minimum requirements, verified by our comprehensive supplier audit performed by BFS staff.

Audit & periodical audits

Audit & periodical audits

We inspect the plant ourselves and meet the people; according to a BFS audit plan based on GFSI criteria (e.g. IFS Food, BRC Food, FSSC 22000). The result: a comparable grade. We re-audit our suppliers on a regular basis – and support them maintaining our standards.

Inspection of goods

Inspection of goods

We analyse incoming ingredients by accredited and well-known external labs.

Activation

Activation

After our complex approval process, we list new suppliers and articles in our system, driven by our aspiration of focussing on long lasting cooperations and partnerships only.

Trial period & Full launch

Trial period & Full launch

During the partnership, we actively monitor customer satisfaction and re-view frequently the outcome with our suppliers and partners.

Annual supplier evaluation

Annual supplier evaluation

We evaluate our suppliers annually in terms of quality, reliability and delivery capability.

Your benefit?
Safety on all levels!

Did you know?

In the strict BFS approval process, every supplier receives an annually revised grade, with 100% being the maximum

The BFS Safety & Quality Concept

We really want to know everything about how our products are being made: people, machinery and processes. That’s why we created the BFS Safety & Quality Concept based on 3 pillars and more than 15 years of auditing experience.

ISO 9.001

Basic level: included in BFS S-Q-C

Minimum requirement; quality management system with 14 criteria, e.g.

  1. document control
  2. management
  3. procurement
  4. monitoring

not food industry specific

IFS Broker

Intermediate level: included in BFS S-Q-C

Elements based on IFS Broker

  1. Covers all criteria’s of ISO 9001
  2. Product safety / Food Defence
  3. Risk management / HACCP
  4. Sustainability
  5. Environment
  6. Ethical standards
  7. Annual supplier evaluation
  8. Specification management
  9. Labelling
  10. Packing, warehousing & transport

BFS S-Q-C Concept:

BFS level: beyond ISO 9.001 & IFS Broker
  1. All elements
  2. Direct and enduring cooperation with producers
  3. Strict rules for supplier approvals
  4. Own audit plan and audits in origin markets
  5. Quality, product safety and business sustainability are a top priority
  6. Expertise in identifying and uncovering food fraud
  7. Own risk analyses and quality controls

Transparency in communication

Did you know?

IFS Broker requires only 2 tasks regarding Food Defense. BFS goes further.

Take advantage of our food safety know-how and service

Vast experience: the BFS Audit Team made in total 600 supplier audits

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We certify suppliers and are certified ourselves