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Audit success at Guenther Bakeries

Published 22nd September, 2016 by Neil Nixon

Audit success at Guenther Bakeries

Axis Cleaning and Support Services, nationwide supplier of commercial cleaning services, has played a vital role in helping Guenther Bakeries UK to attain its highest ever ratings in a series of recent industry audits. Audits are essential for food product manufacturers to demonstrate compliance to industry regulations and show best practice in quality processes, health and safety, and hygiene to existing, new, and potential clients.

Axis provides cleaning services to Guenther's Bury-based manufacturing facility, which supplies over 500,000,000 products annually through its two bread-bun and one English muffin lines. It has never failed an internal cleaning audit and has consistently maintained high monthly key performance indicator (KPI) scores, always exceeding 90/100.

External organisations including the American Institute of Bakers (AIB) and the British Retail Consortium (BRC) undertake random audits, with the latest AIB audit being scored 920/1000. Further audits are taken for clients that require specific standards, including an international quick service restaurant.

James McDade, UK technical manager for Guenther Bakeries, said: “By maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene we sustain our deserved reputation within the industry and support the reputations of our clients.”

Axis Cleaning and Support Services is the first external provider of cleaning at Guenther Bakeries UK, and has helped to control costs while increasing its input hours on service delivery at no cost. “It has implemented positive changes and streamlined the service,” continued McDade. “Always keen to develop, Axis focuses on providing a very good and consistent service while maintaining an important collaborative relationship with us.”

Mark Ferguson, sector director at Axis Cleaning and Support Services, said: “The audit scores prove our positive effect at Guenther's facility and the site manager, Norbert Cronshaw, has been instrumental in driving labour efficiencies to achieve the scores. We have developed strong links with Guenther, and hope to increase our service offering while we continue to improve on our already good service.”

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