Firebird Artisan Mills Achieves British Retail Consortium AA Rating for Fourth Consecutive Year

Leawood, KS — July 16, 2018— Firebird Artisan Mills, a leader in gluten-free ingredients located in Harvey, North Dakota, recently completed its primary annual Food Safety & Quality Audit and achieved a coveted AA rating from the British Retail Consortium. This is the fourth successive year that Firebird has received one of the global standard-setter’s highest available ratings.

Many U.S. retailers require BRC certifications for products sold in their stores.

“The BRC is a rigorous audit, but it allows us to do what we do best: operate by using the highest standards in processes and practices,” said Vice President of Sales Mike Hallman. “Our customers should expect and deserve nothing less.”

The BRC Audit is a thorough examination of a company’s processes, practices and documentation regarding number of key elements:

  • Quality management
  • Process control
  • Site standards
  • Continual improvement
  • Personnel
  • Food fraud
  • Allergens

The process includes an evaluation of how well employees perform their duties around each element as well as their knowledge regarding safe practices. Employees across the plant were evaluated and interviewed as part of the audit, which takes place annually over a number of days.

The BRC audit was performed by an independent certification provider and was hosted by Firebird Artisan Mills personnel, including Operations Director Brady Eckart and QA Manager Cindy Keller.

“Achieving an AA rating requires ongoing commitment from everyone on the site,” Eckart said. “This means that every person in the plant is responsible for our success. BRC Certification delivers confidence for customers seeking the very best in safety, quality and supply chain management. The AA rating places Firebird alongside global leaders in safety, for the fourth year running, and we couldn’t be prouder.”

Firebird mills, mixes, blends and retail packages a wide variety of gluten-free ingredients and consumer packaged goods.


About Firebird Artisan Mills

Firebird Artisan Mills is a leading full-service gluten-free ingredient supplier to the food industry. Firebird Artisan Mills operates a dedicated gluten-free facility in Harvey, N.D., and holds a number of certifications including International Certification Services Gluten-Free and USDA National Organic Program, US-Canada Organic compliant, British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Blue Ribbon Kosher.

About Agspring

Agspring is a leading provider of grain, oilseed and specialty crop handling, processing and logistics operations. Headquartered in Kansas City, Agspring has built a network of agriculture infrastructure operations in key U.S. supply chains. The company seeks to build sustainable agriculture supply chain operations toward the mission of Feeding a Changing World.

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