Hadrian Border Brewery are the first brewery in the Northeast to gain SALSA plus Beer certification, the food safety certification designed to meet the specific needs of both suppliers and buyers of artisanal and craft beers and ales in the UK.
The new Beer module offers small and micro-breweries and bottlers a certification tailored to their scale of operation, along with elements of industry ‘best practice’, and demonstrates they are serious about the three major concerns of all UK buyers – safety, quality and consistency.
For these reasons, Hadrian Border Brewery was keen to stand out from the ever-expanding beer market. "The market is becoming very crowded and we needed to have a point of difference. Gaining SALSA plus Beer approval demonstrates our firm and ongoing commitment to all players in our sector. Having the quality assurance makes a big difference to the confidence with which we approach beer production, our return rate being as near zero as you can get," says Andy Burrows, Managing Director.
The small brewery sector has been very responsive to SALSA plus Beer, launched in 2015 in conjunction with Cask Marque. There has been growing support from national brands and retailers such Waitrose and Darryl Thomson, Head of Safety at Mitchells & Butlers, the Birmingham-based operators of pubs, bars and restaurants, comments, "With a growing UK beer industry, it’s essential that all brewers are able to demonstrate quality and consistency throughout the production and bottling process. As major buyers of craft beers, the SALSA plus Beer certification provides us with this assurance. It offers a robust, sector-specific audit against comprehensive food safety and quality requirements."
Over 50 breweries have elected to gain SALSA plus Beer certification with just under half having already gained SALSA certification. The remaining breweries are coming through the audit process. Sally Ball, SALSA Scheme Manager, comments, "Small brewers and bottlers can be sure they are meeting the highest quality and consistency standards expected by both buyers and consumers with an audit certification that really is fit for purpose. The extensive sector-specific knowledge and experience of our auditors and mentors allows small brewers and bottlers with SALSA plus Beer certification to pursue new opportunities with confidence in their products and practices."