Improve reputation with your customers

Agents and Brokers benefits your organisation by proving that you have a framework for managing product safety, quality and legality for non-manufacturing businesses in the food and packaging industries.

Independent research, carried out by the University of Birkbeck, demonstrates that organisations operating to BRCGS standards improve food safety, operational efficiency, commercial growth, improved profitability and broad-based innovation.

The types of companies covered by the Global Standard are:

  • Brokers: Companies that purchase or ‘take title to’ products for resale to manufacturers, other brokers, retailers or food service companies, but not directly to the consumer.
  • Agents or non-manufacturing service providers: Companies that trade between a manufacturer or broker and their customers, but do not own or take title to the goods.
  • Importers/Exporters: Companies that facilitate the movement of products across national boundaries, satisfying legal and customs requirements. Importers and exporters may also be agents and/or brokers.


 Widely accepted and specified by many retailers, manufacturers, ingredients companies, food service organisations and raw material processors worldwide


 Global applicability and benchmarking to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmark


 Assists companies and their customers in meeting the legislative requirements for product safety


 Enables operators to further develop systems for product security (food defence) and product authenticity in the supply chain


 Addresses consumer assurance demands and demonstrate industry best practice by encouraging the development of a product safety culture


 Reduced costs of failure