Leading UK logistics company CM Downton has been certified by the Soil Association for the handling and storage of organic products.
The Soil Association is the UK’s largest organic certification body – certifying over 4,500 farms and businesses worldwide. The licence confirms that Downton complies with the strict UK and EU laws that apply to all organic products; put in place to ensure consumers can trace the organic products back through the supply chain to the farm where they started out.
Downton’s warehouses and trailers at its Gloucestershire headquarters have been inspected and meet the necessary requirements, including segregated storage and appropriate levels of cleanliness to prevent cross-contamination. The business will now be subject to annual reviews and random spot inspections to ensure the highest standards are maintained.
Managing director Andrew Downton said: “This is an important step forward for the business and our work with clients in the food and drink industry. It guarantees that our operations are suitable for the storage and transportation requirements of all organic goods, giving clients and consumers peace of mind that their products have been handled correctly at all times.”
Downton’s accreditation follows the signing of new contracts with three major food companies – Pukka Herbs, Ineos Enterprises Group and Kolak Snack Foods – in November, which are worth around £2 million a year to the company.