Bakery supplier Unicorn Ingredients has been awarded the BRC Standard for Agents and Brokers as a broker of seeds, sesame and olive oils, honey and pulses.

BRC Global Standards is an internationally recognised safety and quality certification programme, designed to guarantee the standardisation of quality, safety and operational criteria. It is often a requirement of leading retailers and the standards are used by over 23,000 certified suppliers in 123 countries. The agents and brokers module was added to the standard in 2014.

Unicorn Ingredients sources its products from independent farmers and co-operatives based around the world and imports them to the UK. In order to achieve the BRC Standard, it has worked with its suppliers on the necessary procedures to gain approval.

Unicorn joint managing director Nikki Divers (pictured) said: “This standard is about demonstrating best practice and giving our customers the confidence that we know everything there is to know about the products we sell. As a supply chain specialist it is vital that we demonstrate to our customers that we understand how important this is.

“The management system has to have food safety at its heart and this starts with the approval of the supplier.”

The BRC Standard will be audited annually to ensure it is maintained.