The British Retail Consortium (BRC) regularly
inspects KQF’s operations to verify that we’re maintaining our standards. This
year, after a recent visit, the BRC announced that we would again be awarded
its highest ‘AA’ rating.
We first sought BRC accreditation in 2013
and initially obtained an impressive grade A rating. This improved to AA in
2017 and we’re pleased to have maintained it for 2019.
What this means for customers is that KQF
has met the highest possible standards under the UK’s most stringent and widely
recognised accreditation system. This represents a significant achievement, as
KQF managing director, Faruk Vali acknowledges:
“A double-A rating is a real endorsement
of all our efforts and investment,” he said. “The team has worked
really hard to uphold our very high standards and I’m proud of everything we’ve
achieved together. It’s also an important gauge for customers; we’re in a
competitive, quality-focused business, so this gives retailers and other buyers
the confidence that we’re maintaining exceptional quality, year on year.
“The retail sector will always be
extremely important to us, so this rating, together with our HMC halal
credentials, puts us in a very strong position to expand the business in 2020
Below is a copy of our press release, issued in July 2013, shortly after we received formal confirmation that we had achieved a Grade A rating under the British Retail Consortium quality standard for food manufacturers.
HALAL FOOD PRODUCER ACHIEVES BRC ACCREDITATION
Following a visit by the British Retail Consortium on 9th July 2013, Halal food producer, KQF, has announced that it has passed the quality audit and is now able to claim full BRC accreditation for food production.
At the end of the inspection process, the BRC representative confirmed that KQF had complied with the relevant assessment criteria and that it would be recommended for a Grade ‘A’ rating.
“This is very good news for KQF,” said managing director Faruk Vali. “It will give new and existing customers the assurance that we are operating to the highest industry standards, and it shows that our production and record-keeping processes are now underscored by the same kind of third party accreditation as our ‘certified halal’ credentials.
“The BRC audit could not have come at a better time for us. We will shortly be launching our new look company branding, together with new products, packaging and a completely redeveloped website. We’re growing steadily, we’re recruiting new staff and we’re beginning to find our way into a number of exciting new export markets. In short, a lot is changing at KQF but this BRC accreditation will help to assure customers that, throughout it all, our commitment to quality halal food production will remain as strong and unswerving as ever.”
Based in Lancashire, KQF produces an extensive range of fresh, frozen and chilled meat products and ready meals. Its production processes are overseen by a full time on-site inspector from the Halal Monitoring Committee, whose role it is to ensure that all products are manufactured in strict accordance with Islamic principles and that the integrity of the food remains protected at every stage.