BRC Global Standards breaks into North American gluten-free market
This investment extends BRC GS’ and its owner LGC’s food safety supply chain assurance standards business into a new vertical.
MOVING IN: The gluten-free market in North America is on the rise
London-based brand and consumer protection firm BRC Global Standards has broken into the North American gluten-free market with the acquisition Allergen Control Group, Inc. (ACG), the owner and operator of the Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP).
The GFCP is the food industry’s only ISO 17021-accredited management system certification scheme for gluten-free food manufacturing facilities.
Mark Proctor, CEO, BRC GS, said: “We are delighted to have completed this partnership with ACG. The GFCP, which is exclusively endorsed by the trusted coeliac societies, Beyond Celiac in the US and the Canadian Celiac Association, is highly respected by retailers and brand owners in North America and its capabilities are highly complementary to BRC GS’ existing strengths across certification and brand protection.
“ACG serves leading food industry participants in the US and Canada and, over the past seven years, has become the “go-to” company for all things gluten-free. We look forward to working with ACG’s management to continue growing the business globally, while developing new and innovative solutions to meet our customers’ needs.”
Paul Valder, President, ACG, added: “As the global regulatory and food safety landscapes continue to evolve, together with the ever-changing needs of consumers, we will continue to provide “free-from” services dedicated to enhancing the quality of life.
“As we accelerate our strategic transition from a stand-alone gluten-free program to a global brand and consumer protection organisation offering a range of complimentary combined service options, BRC GS – and LGC – will be the ideal owner to help ACG provide incremental customer value and expanded international growth.
“There will be continuity in our management to ensure our customers receive the same high levels of service and support during this transition, as we also strive to improve the range of services and products for them.”
BRC GS is used by over 27,000 certificated suppliers over 130 countries, with certification issued through a global network of accredited certification bodies.