Thermopac retains their BRC status with AA-rating

Photo: Front row left to right: Virgil Saunders (Technical Trainer), Chrystal Chandler (Quality Manager), Amina Benjamin (Documentation Controller), Halija Petersen and Sharon Moses (both Forming Team Leaders), Elson Mandla (Extrusion Team Leader), Mike Kearsey (Mould Supervisor). Back row: Randall Louw (Extrusion Manager), Wade Moses (Supply Chain Coordinator), Marius Koch (Maintenance Supervisor), Mario Human (Warehouse Supervisor), Marius van Staden (Supply Chain Manager).

Photo: Front row left to right: Virgil Saunders (Technical Trainer), Chrystal Chandler (Quality Manager), Amina Benjamin (Documentation Controller), Halija Petersen and Sharon Moses (both Forming Team Leaders), Elson Mandla (Extrusion Team Leader), Mike Kearsey (Mould Supervisor).

Back row: Randall Louw (Extrusion Manager), Wade Moses (Supply Chain Coordinator), Marius Koch (Maintenance Supervisor), Mario Human (Warehouse Supervisor), Marius van Staden (Supply Chain Manager).

Attaining world-class standards in our operations is not negotiable. These same standards set the level of professionalism we apply and depict our attitude towards our customers, employee and shareholders within the Astrapak Group.

A perfect illustration of such standards being achieved was when Thermopac plant recently completed the stringent BRC Audit from 16-17 January and have successfully retained their BRC status with an AA Rating. This achievement is the highest possible rating for product safety, quality and hygiene in food packaging manufacture.

In 2015, Thermopac was granted Grade-A certification and was found to have met the requirements of Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials. They went a step further in 2016 when they were accredited with the AA Rating certification, upholding the achievement again in 2017 after the successful annual audit.

Thermopac General Manager Craig Matthews praised his team, led by Quality Manager Chrystal Chandler, for their efforts and immense preparation ahead of the audit. “We are proud to maintain the AA rating associated with the BRC audit and our procedures that are in place will assist us in maintaining this high level of certification in the future.”

Ms. Chandler, said: “Our housekeeping at Thermopac is top notch. We have a “clean-as-you-go" policy, which is one of the best practices to maintain and keep everything in place. It helps that we have adopted the culture that keeps the stringent quality criteria and sustainability programme in place, which we live out every day. It has become the mentality of the people here to live the BRC standards daily.”

Ms. Chandler commended her team that assisted in driving the BRC audit process, particularly Thermopac’s Documentation Controller Amina Benjamin and Technical Trainer Virgil Saunders, and all the HODs and team leaders. “Everyone had a hand in contributing to the successful audit,” she said. “The team pulled together when it was needed the most.”

BRC (British Retail Consortium) Global Standards is a leading safety and quality certification programme, used by over 23000 certificated suppliers in 123 countries, with certification issued through a worldwide network of accredited certification bodies. The Standards guarantee the standardisation of quality, safety and operational criteria and ensure that manufacturers fulfil their legal obligations and provide protection for the end consumer.*

*http://www.brcglobalstandards.com/