Pie firm gains Grade A food safety certification

first_imgLewis Pies, the Swansea-based pie company, has secured a Grade A certificate for food safety from the BRC Global Standards.BRC Global Standards is a leading safety and quality certification programme, used by over 22,000 certificated suppliers in 123 countries, with certification issued through a worldwide network of accredited certification bodies.The standards guarantee a certain level of quality, safety and operational criteria and ensure that manufacturers fulfil their legal obligations and provide protection for the end-consumer. BRC Global Standards are now often a fundamental requirement of leading retailers.Katie Young, the company’s technical manager, who joined Lewis Pies from Cornwall-based pasty maker Ginsters earlier this year, said retaining the highest possible standard was important to Lewis Pies since it allowed the company to manufacturer for other retailers.Young said: “Retaining this accreditation means we remain a grade ‘A’ facility and that also means we can take on blue-chip manufacturing – making produce directly for retailers, which is then sold directly to the public. This is not an easy accreditation to retain. It is an ongoing standard that everyone in the company must adhere to 365 days a year, but it represents a critical achievement for the company and one that we must now maintain.”Wilf Lewis, managing director of Lewis Pies, said: “Ensuring we operate to the very highest standards in terms of food safety is central to what we do as a business. We are always striving to improve in this department and retaining a Grade A certification from the BRC is testament to the hard work the whole team have put in, guided by Katie.”last_img read more

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Listen To Aqueous’s New Single From Forthcoming “Best In Show” Album Release [Premiere]

first_imgBuffalo based quartet Aqueous continue to impress fans with every move, playing some of the best live performances that captures the group’s unique penchant for songwriting. The band will continue to capitalize on that effect, as they just kicked off an extensive fall tour and will release a brand new album, Best In Show, next Friday October 14th.On Best In Show, the quartet expertly displays their unique ability for meticulously crafted arrangements with soulful lyrics and a dynamic musical range, while maintaining their signature dual rock guitar onslaught, anthemic choruses, melodic synth lines, and a tight rhythm section that always gets the party going. Guitarist/vocalist/keyboardist David Loss speaks to the excitement captured on Best In Show, saying, “Although Aqueous is primarily a live touring band, I feel that we all work very well in the studio environment; you can be creative in different ways and I like that the possibilities are endless. Personally, recording ‘Best In Show’ was a unique experience because I got to really explore my role on keyboards more than I ever had previously, and it was cool to challenge myself like that, and also to utilize some classic instruments to capture the sounds I was hearing just right. Ultimately, if someone had never heard Aqueous, I’d definitely give them ‘Best In Show’ because it showcases so much of what we have to offer as a band.”Each track on the four-song EP showcases a diverse and powerful side to the band’s ever-evolving sound. “I really like the song selections on this EP, they encompass the many facets of the band’s sound,” said bassist Evan McPhaden, “We touched on soul, pop, prog, dance and rock which makes for a really fun and enjoyable listen.”With Aqueous out on the road and Best In Show coming out shortly, the band has offered up a very first taste of the new release. We’re excited to offer up a stream of “Random Company,” which you can hear below.Now that rocks! Drummer Rob Houk shares his take on Best In Show, saying “As the new guy in Aqueous, I was enthralled with how much focus, dedication and care that goes into AQ’s studio process, and I couldn’t be happier or more excited with this album and to make music with such a great crew.”Guitarist Mike Gantzer says, “I’m really proud of the work we did on this project, it feels like a definitive step forward in our band’s sound, and the vibe is really great on the whole album, which I attribute to the fact that the vibe was really great while we were making it! Everyone in the band crushed their parts and stepped their game up, and I think the sound is really cohesive throughout. We had a blast and put our all into making Best In Show, and I’m psyched for people to get down with it.”Fortunately, fans can get down with Aqueous throughout the fall, as the band is touring extensively in support of Best In Show. The band will celebrate the album’s release with a two night run at their hometown Buffalo Iron Works venue, with support from BIG Something and Natalie Cressman on October 13-14 respectively. All tour and album details can be found on the band’s website, and a teaser for the album as well as the full tour schedule can be viewed below.last_img read more

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