Plant-Based Global Certificate

QIMA/WQS offers the Plant-Based certification for products that have been manufactured or prepared at the site where the audit has taken place and will include storage facilities that are under the direct control of the production site management.

Providing Trust and Transparency to Consumers of Plant-Based Meat Alternatives with the BRCGS Plant-Based Certification

In the last couple of years, there has been an increased demand for plant-based products due to the impact of modern industrial farming methods on the environment, and animal welfare practices.

A recent study conducted by New SPINS, released March 3, 2020, details that sales of plant-based foods have grown 29% in the past two years and now is a $5 billion industry.

According to the online publication The National Provisioner, nine out of the top 10 largest U.S. meat companies are now involved with plant-based meats in some way. Some have launched their own planet-based meats, some are investing in planet-based meat start-ups, while others are collaborating with other companies on new brands.

What Actions Have Been Taken by Large Companies? 

Between 2017 and 2019, retail sales of plant-based meat grew 31%, while total U.S. retail meat sales grew just 5%. Additionally, foodservice companies have used plant-based entrees to drive sales. Some of the world’s biggest companies have started implementing plans to introduce plant-based products to their portfolio.

With this increase in plant-based product consumption, consumers want reassurance that they have not been cross-contaminated with animal products during the manufacturing process. Also, that meat-based food does not contain any potential allergens.

With this increase in plant-based product consumption, consumers want reassurance that they have not been cross-contaminated with animal products during the manufacturing process. Also, that meat-based food does not contain any potential allergens.

The Need for Better Transparency is Overdue

Like any other food class, plant-based food and preparations require certifications to make and serve the public safely.

By carrying a BRCGS Plant-Based Food Certification, you showcase to your customers your plant-based food products are of the highest quality and are produced along with industry-standard guidelines.

There is a need for clarity on all types of food substances that BRCGS seeks to address through the Plant-Based Certification launch. Food industry experts have developed this from retailers, manufacturers, and food service organizations to ensure it is rigorous and detailed, yet easy to understand.

BRCGS recognizes food labeling is in a state of flux. In many cases, the voluntary food information provided is confusing and uses terms that are not universally recognized. The BRCGS Plant-Based Certification seeks to help food business operators and enforcement authorities strike a balance between the provision of mandatory and voluntary food information. The ultimate goal is to offer the consumer confidence in their buying decisions.

This universal set of global standards goes farther than others, such as The Vegan Society and VegeCert. 

BRCGS advocate a management system approach that is a proactive and a proven way of reducing risk and creating greater brand confidence. Merely looking at a list of ingredients is not thorough enough. An evaluation of the end-to-end process onsite is needed to ensure suppliers are managing the whole process correctly. 

A BRCGS Plant-Based Certification ensures the absence of animal inputs in plant-based products, in the manufacturing, processing, and packing of:

  • Processed foods, both own brand, and customer branded 
  • Ingredients for use by food service companies, catering companies, and food manufacturers 
  • Pet foods (GFSI benchmarked schemes only) 
  • Natural health products

6 Reasons to choose this Certification: 

  1. Better trained auditors
  2. Comprehensive global compliance ensures audit consistency
  3. Plant-Based complements GFSI-benchmarked Standards
  4. Opens new markets and increases business opportunities
  5. Identified non-conformities corrected
  6. Manufacturers graded for continual improvement

How Can QIMA/WQS help?

QIMA/WQS now offers the BRCGS Plant-Based Global Certification. These steps taken are to support food manufacturing businesses, protect their brand reputation, mitigate risks, and showcase their plant-based products are of the highest quality.

Want to get started? Download the BRCGS Quick Start Guide and contact us today!