Scheid Family Wines Announces BRC Certification
January 16, 2017
Greenfield, Calif. – Scheid Family Wines announced today that its winery has been awarded BRC certification, making it one of the first wineries in North America to achieve this accreditation. This follows on the Company’s vineyard sustainability initiatives of achieving GLOBAL G.A.P. certification, as well as certification from the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.
Driving these efforts at Scheid Family Wines is a core belief that the best wines come from vineyards and ecosystems that are in balance. For decades, the Company has been at the forefront of applied technology in the vineyards to improve quality while reducing water use and carbon footprint. From maintaining over 250 owl boxes as a natural, sustainable way to control rodent populations, to composting 100% of winery waste material, to adhering to water conservation efforts throughout its operation, Scheid Family Wines has led the way by integrating technology and seeking innovations to improve wine quality and advance sustainability.
“Achieving BRC certification was a huge undertaking. It is considered to be the most rigorous certification process for suppliers and we received an ‘A’ grade, an accomplishment that validated the tremendous effort that our team put forth.”
Kurt Gollnick, COO
“Our belief in sustainability is driven by an awareness that we are responsible for the land we farm, the winery we run, the people we employ, and the community that surrounds and supports us. As a family-owned operation, we have always taken this responsibility seriously. Our focus is to build a company that will continue to thrive well past our lifetimes.”
Scott Scheid, CEO
About Scheid Family Wines:
Al Scheid first planted vineyards in Monterey County in early 1972. Now in their 45th year of farming, the Scheid family owns 11 estate vineyards comprised of 4,000 acres located along a 70-mile spread of the Salinas Valley. In addition, the Company owns and operates a state-of-the-art winery with a crush capacity of 30,000 tons, supported by an on-site warehouse and two bottling lines, as well as a smaller Reserve winery where limited production wines are crafted. For more information, please visit: www.sfwsource.com.
British Retail Consortium (BRC) is an internationally accepted standard of food safety. It is one of the few GFSI-recognized accreditations for food safety. The Global Food Standard Initiative was established by the Consumer Goods Forum (CIES) in 2000 to create one food safety standard globally. GFSI defines best practices throughout the entire food supply chain to ensure food quality for consumers. The standards are revised and updated regularly, assuring that food safety is always improving. GFSI recognizes several certification programs as standards in food safety. All recognized certification programs use the benchmarking process of best practices stated in the GFSI Guidance Document for their accreditation audits. The BRC accreditation process, however, goes far beyond the benchmark in several areas, making it the most comprehensive and rigorous certification to obtain. For more information, visit www.brcglobalstandards.com.