“It was an easy decision to partner with BRCGS and the Gluten-Free Certification Program ”


Bassé Nuts utilizes BRCGS Gluten Free Certification Program to deliver safe products for customers following a Gluten-Free diet

With over 30 years of experience and over 100 employees, Bassé Nuts – based in Laval, Canada - is a business with unwavering commitment to leading the industry as wholesale snack food distributors.

They source, roast, blend, pack and distribute nuts and dried fruits in bulk, in addition to, edible seeds and wide variety of specialty items. Their goal? Offer consumers exactly what they are asking for: healthy and convenient snacks, globally sourced and always fresh. With this customer promise in mind, it was an easy decision to partner with BRCGS and the

Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP) to continue providing customer reassurance that their products are safe for those following the Gluten-Free diet.

The GFCP uses a scientifically proven, risk-based management systems approach for effectively controlling gluten and gluten cross-contamination from incoming ingredients to the final product. It goes further than simply carrying out end-product testing and can easily be combined with a Food Safety audit. It is recognized by leading coeliac organizations around the world covering Europe, the USA, Canada and Mexico, meaning that sites that are BRCGS certified are also able to include these trusted marks on their products.

Strengthening Allergen Control

As a company that offers so many natural, whole food products, Bassé Nuts had a strong allergen program in place, making implementing GFCP and providing gluten-free products a logical addition to their portfolio.

With the challenge of managing production and scheduling for both gluten-free and gluten-containing products within the same plant, the implementation of the GFCP helped to strengthen the fundamental procedures of their allergen control program, thus increasing the overall efficacy of the program. By preparing with careful planning and ensuring the availability of materials and human resources, Bassé Nuts experienced a straightforward implementation of the GFCP.

Providing Credibility in the Marketplace

In applying the BRCGS certification, Bassé Nuts brought their credibility to the next level. Not only are they able to market to a new consumer base, but abiding by the GFCP guidelines has helped them streamline their safety protocols. Additionally, their private label product services run smoother because they are able to apply the gluten-free logo without asking the private label company to apply for the certification.

Bassé Nuts’ Best Advice?

The demand for gluten-free products, as well as, specialty products remains strong. Offering products with the certification demonstrates credibility to consumers and retailers alike.

Bassé Nuts is also BRCGS certified under the Food Safety Standard - with A grade status. Through certification with BRCGS, they are able to undergo the gluten-free audit at the same time as their Food Safety audit, which they find useful for time management and streamlining audit preparation.

Find out more about the BRCGS Gluten-Free Certification Programme