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Mercian Labels achieves BRC grade ‘A’ accreditation

Mercian Labels are pleased to announce that both of their manufacturing facilities have achieved an ‘A’ grade BRC (British Retail Consortium) Accreditation for hygiene.


image L-R – Peter Hartshorn (Mercian Labels Operations Manager-Derby), John Saynor (LRQA BRC Auditor), Alison Witton (Mercian Labels Quality Manager) and the closing audit meeting at the Mercian Labels Derby site.

With this standard, and combined with ISO 9001, award-winning Mercian labels can demonstrate that it is compliant with both the latest food safety management systems as well as exhibiting best manufacturing and quality management practices. As such, the firm is able to offer clients and potential customers all the necessary reassurances in respect of both its modern digital and flexo label printing capabilities.

Mercian Labels offer BRC accredited digital and flexo printed labels to the food sector delivered with speed and service

‘With the recent addition of business from large multiples in the food, drink and retail sectors, it was essential that we could advertise our proficiencies in producing high volume, high quality products in a hygienic, safe and properly controlled environment’ said Hugo Gell, Sales Director.

‘This is a significant step in our development. We will now service the requirements of major retail sectors especially in food, drink, chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, by providing labels that are fully BRC compliant and accredited, as well as exceeding ISO quality standards.’

Adrian Steele, MD of Mercian Labels added: ‘2014 saw a six figure investment in a further new state-of-the-art high speed 8-colour flexo press at our Derby site. 2015 saw a similar sized investment at the new Burntwood factory, being the world’s first installation of a Xeikon Cheetah, the super-fast digital label printing technology that also uses FDA approved food safe toners; so we are an obvious choice for respected brands.’

‘Having been successfully supplying labels to businesses for over 45 years, we like to stay ahead of the game. We have recognised and responded to increasing concern for consumer safety and protection and the need to ensure that at all points in the supply chain, those involved in packaging production are working to rigorous standards’.

The BRC Global Standard for Packaging & Packaging Materials certification is viewed as a benchmark of quality, safety and legality; and has been recognised and adopted by retailers, manufacturers and packaging businesses worldwide. The standard sets out HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point) good manufacturing practices, hygiene, safety and quality requirements for packaging manufacturers supplying the food and consumer products industries. It also helps retailers and food manufacturers meet their legal obligations.

Mercian Labels operates over two sites in Burntwood, Staffordshire and Derby, Derbyshire, producing millions of high quality self-adhesive labels every month for over 9,000 customers in the UK and beyond.

Speed and Service are Mercian’s watchwords, with 95% of orders leaving its doors within 3 days of being on the factory floor. It has been trading successfully since 1969, and has doubled both its workforce and turnover in recent years, following continuing 7-figure investments in its plant and people.