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Brewers with Salsa plus Beer

What is SALSA plus Beer?

With nearly 1500 breweries now producing beer in the UK there is a bewildering choice for the retailer whether they are a supermarket, off license or pub group.

The SALSA plus Beer accreditation gives the buyer confidence about the product they are buying and is of significant commercial advantage to brewers who are able to use this certification as part of their sales presentation.

Benefits include:

  • One nationally recognised certification scheme for small-medium breweries which is recognised by retailers. 
  • Focussed on small to medium sized breweries and is tailor made for their requirements unlike the more widely known BRC scheme.
  • Auditors are highly qualified and fully understand the brewing process.
  • The scheme is under the SALSA umbrella which already has credibility in the retail sector.
  • Brewers with the certification have simpler access to market as they have proved their quality.
  • There are significant commercial benefits to those breweries with the certification as it is a recognised quality mark.
  • The scheme offers a mentoring service to support brewers in gaining the certification.

The SALSA Standards

The SALSA standard was written by experienced food safety experts to reflect both the legal requirements of producers and the enhanced expectations of ‘best practice’ of professional buyers. SALSA plus Beer is the main SALSA food safety audit plus an extensive module on brewing, created by SALSA and Cask Marque.

Additional criteria contained in the SALSA plus Beer Standard were developed to:

  • Encourage excellence in the brewing & bottling industry
  • Raise the profile of processors within the brewing industry
  • Provide a forum for exchange of ideas and
  • Give clear guidelines for approval to Brewers & Bottlers

The SALSA plus Beer Audit Standard also details a number of additional requirements to reflect specific aspects of the brewing industry. These are included in:

  • Section 1.2 Personal Hygiene, Section 1.3 Cleaning, Section 1.4 Contamination/Cross-Contamination Prevention, Section 1.6 Control of Raw Materials, Section 1.8 Waste Control, Section 5 Legal Requirements, Section 6 Quality Requirements

Approval certification is only granted to suppliers who are able to demonstrate to a SALSA auditor that they are able to produce safe and legal beer and are committed to continually meeting the requirements of the SALSA plus Beer standard.

“Quality is at the heart of what we want to achieve with our Tapster’s Choice programme. We would like all of our brewers to hold Cask Marque’s “SALSA plus Beer” certification scheme as a minimum standard.”

David Gwilliam

Beer Buyer, Carlsberg UK

“At Punch we encourage our supply base to be SALSA plus beer brewery certified, as it provides ourselves with the confidence that the product delivered into outlet and dispensed to the Consumer will be of the highest quality.”

Danny Hawkins

Head of Commercial, Punch Taverns

“The SALSA plus Beer audit demonstrates a brewery’s commitment to quality and consistency in their brewing process and the beers they create. Retailers and ‘on trade’ are now able to provide their thirsty customers with the confidence that they are choosing a great beer every time.” Oliver O’Mara

Waitrose Local and Reginal Buyer

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Brewers with SALSA plus Beer certification

Below is a list of brewers who have gained the SALSA plus Beer certification. At the bottom we also list those brewers holding BRC and ISO certifications.

 SALSA plus Beer – updated end June 2018

Abbeydale Brewery
Andwell Brewing Co
BAD Company
Bath Ales
Battlefield Brewery Ltd
Bays Brewery
Black Eagle Brewery T/A Truman’s
Bowland Brewery
Box Steam Brewery Ltd
Brentwood Brewing Company Ltd
Brew York
Butcombe Brewery Ltd
Camden Town Brewery
Castle Eden Brewery Ltd
Conwy Brewery
Cumberland Breweries
Drygate Brewing Company Ltd
Enfield Brewery
Everards Brewery Ltd
Exeter Brewery
Exmoor Ales
Firebird Brewing Co. Ltd
Firebrick Brewery Limited
George Bateman & Son Ltd
Goddards Brewery Ltd
Gower Brewery Company Limited
Great Western Brewery
Green Jack Brewing Company Limited
Hadrian & Border Brewery
Hambleton Ales
Hanlons Brewery
Harvey & Son (Lewes) Ltd
Harviestoun Brewery Ltd
Hilden Brewery
Hobsons Brewery & Co Ltd
Holden’s Brewery Ltd
Hunters Brewery

Isle Of Skye Brewing Co Ltd
Jaw Brew
Joule’s Brewery
Kirkstall Brewery Company Ltd
Knops Beer Company Ltd
Langham Brewery
Liberation Brewery Jersey
Little Critters Brewery
Little Valley Brewery
Liverpool Organic Brewery LTD
Long Man Brewery
Meantime Brewing Co
Monty’s Brewery Ltd
Mourne Mountains Brewery
Oakham Ales
Old Mill Brewery
Ossett Brewing Company
Purity Brewing Co
Quartz Brewing
Rebellion Beer Company Ltd
Red Rock Brewery Ltd
Redcastle Brewery
Redemption Brewing Company Limited
RedWillow Brewery Ltd
Rooster’s Brewery Ltd
S.A. Brain & Co. Ltd
Salopian Brewery
Sambrook’s Brewery
SEVEN BRO7HERS
Skinners Brewery Co Ltd – Site 2
Skinners Brewing Company Ltd
Spey Valley Brewery
St Peters Brewery
St. Austell Brewery
Stewart Brewing
Tempest Brewing Co Ltd
The First Chop Brewing Arm

 

The Five Points Brewing Co
The Friday Beer Co
The Great Yorkshire Brewery
The Hook Norton Brewery
The Hop Studio
The Hurns Brewing Co Ltd
The Little Beer Corporation Ltd
The London Beer Factory
The Redchurch Brewery Limited
The West Berkshire Brewery
The York Brewery Co Ltd
Thornbridge
Thornbridge Brewery
Three Daggers Brewery
Thurstons Brewery
Tiny Rebel Brewing Co
Twickenham Fine Ales
Tyne Bank Brewery Ltd
Vocation Brewery
Wadworth & Co Ltd
Weetwood Ales Limited
Westerham Brewery
Whitewater Brewing Company
Williams Bros Brewing Co.
Windsor and Eton Brewery
Windsor Castle Brewery Limited
Windswept Brewing Co Ltd
Wold Top Brewery
Woodforde’s Norfolk Ales
Wrexham Lager Beer Co ltd

ISO Standards
AB InBev
Caledonian
Carlsberg UK
Fullers
Heineken UK
J W Lees
Molson Coors
Theakstons
BRC – British Retail Consortium
Adnams
Carlsberg UK
Charles Wells
Greene King
Marston’s
Robinson’s
Shepherd Neame
Timothy Taylor

“SALSA provides supportive auditors for the plus Beer standard who are there to facilitate improvement. Coming from the brewing industry, they don’t blindly enforce a set of generic rules (some of which may be relevant to open food production but not brewing) but rather see production from a brewers perspective and can advise on elements specific to brewing (HMRC, micro control, specific due diligence etc).There is a wealth of information on the SALSA website which is always being added to and the auditors themselves are often on hand and happy to offer advice. Most importantly, the SALSA plus Beer accreditation is highly valued by customers and distributors, without whom we would not be able to get our beer to market.”

David Barr

Quality Manager, St Austell Brewery

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is SALSA plus Beer and why do I need it?

What is SALSA plus Beer audit certification?
Buyers and consumers expect their drink to be safe and for those who produce it to have robust andeffective controls in place to ensure this. The SALSA Scheme operates and oversees the SALSA plus Beer audit certification and its process. A successful SALSA plus Beer audit, the certificate confirming Approval and display of the SALSA-APPROVED stamp instantly tells all in the industry that your brewery/bottling plant is committed to ensuring product safety, legality and consistency, and to continuously meet therequirements of a nationally recognised standard. Approval is effectively your valid passport – your credentials – to access markets and buyers, letting them know your operation and products fully comply with all safety, legality and quality standards expected by the UK food industry.

What is the SALSA Scheme?

• SALSA is the UK’s Food Safety Certification Scheme – not just an Audit Standard – for small and micro-sized food & drink businesses wishing to gain Approval to supply UK buyers. Membership-based, it is open to any small producer operating within the UK.
• SALSA is a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation, founded by the four main trade associations representing the UK food industry: The British Retail Consortium, The Food & Drink Federation, The National Farmers Union and The British Hospitality Association.
• Since its launch in 2007, membership has grown year on year. SALSA now has 1,150+ Approved members and 280+ working towards Approval. Since the launch of SALSA plus Beer in 2015, 112 have gained SALSA plus Beer Approval with over 40 working towards it.

Is SALSA plus Beer right for my business?

SALSA plus Beer certification has been developed to offer small and micro brewers & bottlers a certification standard tailored to scale and systems of their particular operation. It is suitabel for suppliers typically employing 5-50 full-time staff.

Who developed the SALSA plus Beer Standard?

The SALSA plus Beer Standard was developed in association with Cask Marque in 2015 to ensure a quality-assured beer from grain to glass. Key brewing bodies within the industry are consulted to ensure certification provides real commercial benefits to small suppliers.

How many UK buyers recognise SALSA plus Beer?

Approval is recognised by a growing list of important UK Buyers, both on and off trade. Buyers include Waitrose, Tesco, Lidl, Mitchells and Butlers, Carlsberg, Punch and The Co-op who all endorse the SALSA Scheme and actively use SALSA’s ‘live’ online Buyers’ Directory.

How long does it take to gain Approval?

Gaining Approval can take up to 3 months from date of payment through to Certification and is largely dependent on the current operating procedures of your business. To help members, the online Users’ Guide offers a step-by-step guide through the audit process.

What does the Auditor and the Audit cover?

• The audit is an onsite inspection that typically lasts a full day. A SALSA Auditor will audit your operating procedures against the SALSA plus Beer Standard which covers Pre-requisite Controls, HACCP & Management Systems, Documentation, Premises, Legal and Quality requirements. At the end of the inspection, the SALSA Auditor will make a recommendation for Approval or advise on ‘the next step to take’ to SALSA Operations.
• A copy of the SALSA plus Beer Standard can be downloaded free of charge from the SALSA website, before joining, for you to assess its value to your business. All 16 SALSA plus Beer Auditors have proven experience, specific training and in-depth knowledge of the brewing sector. SALSA Auditors are very approachable and able to offer valuable guidance and advice on any issues that might arise during the audit process.

How much will it cost?

Certification is designed to be both achievable and affordable.
• Option 1: ‘Package Deal’: one year’s Membership plus Audit for £685 + vat.
• Option 2: ‘Package Deal Extra’: One year’s membership, audit and a full day’s pre-audit Mentoring for £1055 + vat – of particular value to start-ups and micro breweries.

What advice and support is available to Members?

• The Scheme offers members a unique range of support services to make certification as straightforward as possible. Achievability, accessibility and affordability are key assurances we offer.

Resources include:
– Core guidance materials – specifically written for brewers and bottlers
– Onsite guidance and advice from locally-based mentors at guaranteed rates
– L1 & L2 HACCP courses & Food Labelling workshops – held regionally; practical & interactive
– Industry updates and a Telephone helpline for ‘in person’ advice on the process

What are the main benefits of gaining SALSA plus Beer Approval?

▪ Security that your business has demonstrated full legal, safety and quality compliance
▪ Confidence to approach new buyers promoting your approval status
▪ Commercial benefits for brewers/bottlers seeking new contracts
▪ Assurance your brewery/plant complies with HMRC regulations/meets industry standards
▪ ‘Live’ visibility via the SALSA Buyers Directory; your current products and status

Can I speak to someone at SALSA?

YES. The SALSA team are available Mon-Fri, 9.00-5.30 on 01295 724248, or email [email protected]. Alternatively you can speak to Cask Marque on 01206 752212 or email [email protected]

JOIN US TODAY! Call our team on: 01295 724248 or visit the website: www.salsafood.co.uk

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To sign up for SALSA plus Beer or to ask any questions:

  01295 724248
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