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Community Coffee Company Manufacturing Facility Receives “A” for Excellence in Food Safety and Quality Assurance

Sep 08, 2015

Baton Rouge, LA - Community Coffee Company achieves “A” status for its coffee roasting facility. Food safety and quality assurance is of critical importance and helps to ensure that each customers across all of the Company’s multi-channel distribution points enjoys a rich, smooth delicious cup of Community® coffee every time.

“Our customers are at the center of the enriching coffee experiences we provide through our rich, smooth Community® coffee,” said David Belanger, President & CEO of Community Coffee Company. “We continually receive high marks for our quality assurance and this year’s “A” status provides our customers continued assurance that only the best beans and highest quality standards are maintained to ensure they get a great cup of Community® coffee every day.”

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety certification provides Community® coffee an internationally-recognized mark of food quality, safety and responsibility – increasing retailer and consumer confidence. The inspection process includes an intensive three day audit of the plant processing facilities and documentation.

The BRC Standard demands high levels of compliance, and the certification program is wide ranging, establishing a series of standards to help companies comply with food safety legislation and to provide guidelines for the manufacture of safe, quality food products.  BRC requires extensive document creation in numerous areas including:  traceability, internal audits, employee training, document control and supplier compliance / conformance.

About the Global Food Safety Initiative
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is an industry-driven global collaborative platform to advance food safety.  GFSI was established to ensure confidence in the delivery of safer food to consumers, while continuing to improve food safety throughout the supply chain.  These global standards address food, packaging, packaging materials, storage and distribution for primary producers, manufacturers and distributors.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is recognized as one of a handful of GFSI benchmarked food safety schemes.  Both GFSI and BRC do not undertake any audit or certification activities; therefore we use American Institute of Baking (AIB) as our certifying body.  AIB performs the audit and inspection and holds us accountable to global standards of the BRC scheme. 

About Community Coffee Company
Now in its 96th year, Community Coffee Company is the largest family-owned and operated coffee company in America, and four generations of Saurage family have operated the company since its inception. Founded in 1919, Community Coffee Company is an importer, roaster and distributor of the highest-quality premium coffees, using only 100% Arabica beans. For addition information, visit or find us on Facebook and Twitter.


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