UNITED COFFEE UK & Ireland has passed the Sustainable Agricultural Network (SAN) Rainforest Alliance Chain of Custody Audit Programme, a cornerstone of any credible certification program. The audit, conducted on behalf of the Rainforest Alliance, saw the coffee experts pass with flying colours, further cementing the company’s sustainability credentials.
During the audit process, which took place at United Coffee’s Dartford Roastery – which roasts 8,000 tonnes of coffee a year – United Coffee had to demonstrate how its certified products are handled during the various stages of coffee production including; reception, processing, mixing, storing, packaging, delivery, transport and resale.
By passing the audit, United Coffee has the seal of approval that its coffee is sustainable and traceable from coffee source to finalised product; through certified records, validations and training and management system records.
Rahul Ghosh, Director of Roastery Operations at United Coffee UK & Ireland says, “We’re continually improving our sustainable coffee offering and the high scores we’ve gained in this latest audit enforces our commitment to quality and traceability of our raw materials. A lot of hard work has gone into achieving these standards and I would like to thank our team at the Roastery for achieving such a great result for our first SAN audit.”
Rainforest Alliance certified blends from United Coffee include GrandCrü, Lyons, Grand Café, Coopers and its new, premium Threesixty Rainforest blend.
The Rainforest Alliance Certified seal assures operators and consumers that the product they are purchasing has been grown and harvested using environmentally and socially responsible practices.