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Lyme Bay Winery raises a glass, following BRC Global Standards certification

Amy Brice

Devon-based Lyme Bay Winery has achieved an internationally recognised certification from BRC Global Standards at its first attempt, receiving a Grade A for its winery in Shute near Axminster, where the company produces its entire range of multi award-winning country wines, English wines, ciders, meads and liqueurs.

Regarded as the highest benchmark for best practice, quality and safety in the industry, this certification is used by over 25,000 suppliers to the food industry in more than 130 countries, to demonstrate exceptional standards in areas such as food, packaging, storage and distribution, retail and consumer products, with Lyme Bay Winery the only English wine producer to hold the much-coveted seal of approval.

Achieved due to its pre-existing culture of excellence, as well as an ongoing commitment to ensuring that all products that are made at the West Country winery are done so to the highest quality and standards, this certification puts Lyme Bay Winery in a position to lead the way in raising the bar across the industry, while putting a spotlight on the exceptional range and diversity of drinks that are being produced in the UK.

James Lambert, managing director at Lyme Bay Winery, explains;

“It is clear from increased press coverage, rising consumer interest and great success in major awards that our industry is at the start of something very exciting. What we need to do now is push for producers to match the increased commerciality of the produce, with an increased focus on quality standards. Lyme Bay will be at the forefront of that drive. We are delighted that, with this BRC accreditation, we can now honour the trust that we have worked so hard to establish with our existing customers, by offering them the highest possible level of quality assurance.”

Michael Heighway, production manager at Lyme Bay Winery, who oversaw the BRC implementation, adds;

“Achieving BRC is a significant achievement for Lyme Bay Winery and I’m also delighted with the result on a personal level, as it reflects the massive amount of work that everyone has dedicated to the improvement of our products and processes over the past few years. Holding BRC accreditation gives us confidence in our ability to produce goods of the highest quality and means, even more importantly, that we can pass that assurance on to our customers who can now see the standard we are working to. At Lyme Bay, continual improvement has always been our goal and BRC thoroughly endorses this whilst challenging us to keep pushing forward in the pursuit of the highest quality standards.”

For more information about Lyme Bay Winery’s products, please visit www.lymebaywinery.co.uk