Univar and P&G Chemicals Form First GFSI/BRC-Certified Supply Chain for Glycerin

Jun 17, 2014, 14:30 ET from Univar

REDMOND, Wash., June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Univar USA Inc. and P&G Chemicals announce that they are able to offer customers a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)-certified domestic supply chain for the packaging and manufacturing of glycerin in the United States. This comes as Univar receives its first GFSI certification against the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Issue 6 for Manufacturing standard for its facility in Bedford Park, IL with a Grade A. GFSI certified operations recognize companies and facilities which meet the rigorous quality standards in their operations.

Univar, a leading global chemical distributor, started the process of GFSI certification against the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Issue 6 for Manufacturing earlier this year for key United States branches that supply the food industry throughout the world. Now that Univar has received certification for its facility in Bedford Park, IL, it will continue the certification process for branches in other key geographic locations with the goal of certification by the end of 2014.

"In receiving the first of our GFSI {recognized audit scheme} certifications using the BRC standard, we continue to advance our capabilities for delivering the high quality products our customers demand," said David Flitman, Chief Operating Officer and President USA & Mexico at Univar. "Through our relationship with P&G Chemicals, we can offer glycerin that is certified using an approved GFSI scheme both at the manufacturing and repackaging stage, offering our customers world-class quality assurance and helping ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers."

P&G Chemicals has been BRC certified since 2011, and has continuously received a grade A to the BRC standard for its demonstration of compliance to the food safety plans, quality management systems, site standards, product and process control, and personnel. P&G Chemicals maintains the highest quality standards in the production of glycerin globally, including meeting/exceeding USP and Good Manufacturing Practices. P&G Chemicals North America glycerin products, include Superol KPO™, Superol NK™, and MOON-OU™. 

"P&G Chemicals' Cincinnati Glycerin Refinery remains one of the few sites globally certified to a GFSI audit scheme," said Tom Nelson, Director, Customer Business Development, P&G Chemicals. "Through our joint work with Univar, we're continuing to create value for our customers by offering a GFSI approved audit scheme certified supply chain, providing our customers greater confidence in the quality of the product they're receiving."

BRC Global Standards is a leading safety and quality certification program, used by over 20,000 certified suppliers in 90 countries issued through a worldwide network of accredited Certification Bodies. This sets the standardization of quality, safety, and operational criteria, and ensures that manufacturers are compliant to a recognized industry benchmark providing protection for the end consumer. Meeting the BRC Global Standards and other GFSI audit schemes are becoming a fundamental requirement of leading retailers.

About Univar
Univar is one of the world's leading distributors of industrial and specialty chemicals and related chemistry services. Univar represents over 880 specialty and commodity chemical producers and provides its customer base, made up of 133,000 customers, with a full portfolio of specialty products. Univar operates a network of more than 260 distribution facilities throughout North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and Latin America, with additional sales offices located in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In 2013, Univar reported sales of $10.3 billion. For more information, visit: www.univar.com.

About P&G Chemicals North America Glycerin
Glycerin is an ingredient most commonly used as a humectant, solvent, or preservative in foods. In North America, P&G Chemicals' BRC certified glycerin brands include Superol KPO®, Superol NK®, and MOON-OU®. P&G Chemicals North American glycerin products are produced domestically, providing customers with convenient, reliable product supply. Production operates under strict quality and safety Good Manufacturing Practices and fully complies with United States Pharmacopeia (USP) standards.

About P&G Chemicals
Procter & Gamble Chemicals, a division of Procter and Gamble, is a global leader in the manufacture of oleochemicals. We produce high quality fatty acid, fatty alcohol, fatty alcohol ethoxylate, glycerin, methyl ester, specialty surfactants, and tertiary amine. Our products are backed by the expertise of more than 165 years in the chemical market. We deliver solutions and create value for our customers via our quality products, reliability, and the deep industry knowledge of our people. With our global supply chain and commitment to P&G's Purpose, Values, and Principles, we are a unique solution to your chemical needs. Please visit www.pgchemicals.com to learn more about how we can partner with you.

About Procter & Gamble
P&G serves approximately 4.8 billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Duracell®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, Wella® and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

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