All elements of brewing practises from storage and handling of raw materials through to record keeping and safety at work fall under the remit of the audit.
“To be awarded the SIBA FSQ certificate shows that the systems and processes that we have put are up to scratch but even more important is the focus and dedication of the team at the brewery” said John Cussons from Ferry Ales Brewery.
“We believe that having a recognised industry quality standard helps our potential and existing customers buy from us with confidence as they would from much larger businesses”.
Launching the standard, Mike Benner, managing director of SIBA, said: “SIBA has a strong reputation with retailers and we are confident that our scheme fills a gap in the marketplace and provides members with an important first step towards the widely recognised SALSA Standard.
“The new scheme provides an important new practical benefit to SIBA membership and we are pleased to be offering it at a price that makes it affordable to even the smallest brewer.”
Audits are carried out biannually and the scheme itself is reviewed and updated to keep it in line with industry best practice.
SIBA was established in 1980 to represent the interests of the growing number of independent breweries in Britain.”