Madrid; November 22, 2016. British Sandwich Factory (BSF), the Grupo Vips premium sandwich, salad and takeaway product factory, has been certified pursuant to the well-known food safety standard IFS (International Food Standard) to become the first premium fresh sandwich factory in Spain to achieve this accreditation. This milestone is a part of the BSF commitment to ensuring the highest quality products and standards and reinforces the expansion process the factory is currently undergoing.
The certifying agency TUV Nord was selected to audit the entire project, which ensures the food quality of BSF products throughout all of the production processes.
IFS Food is a food safety standard that is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) which guarantees management responsibility, quality and the food safety management systems in addition to the correct management of all resources, planning and the production process as well as excellence in the measuring, analysis and improvement mechanisms and food defense systems.
Market opening and portfolio diversification
With annual turnover exceeding 8 million euros and producing 5.5 million items each year, BSF is subject to an ambitious 4-year growth plan which aims to diversify its current customer portfolio in addition to opening up new product and business lines. Currently BSF supplies its products and services to more than 60 professional customers with a daily nation-wide service to more than 400 points of sale including leading companies in the various distribution channels such as Travel Channel, retail, group food service centers, hotels and food service businesses.
“This certification gives a significant boost to the growth process we are in by reinforcing our current positioning and making it possible to enter new and more demanding markets where this certification is absolutely essential,” says Román Esteban, Director of BSF.
Inaugurated by Grupo Vips in February 2008 and based in San Agustín de Guadalix (Madrid), British Sandwich Factory distributes premium sandwiches, salads and high-quality fresh takeaway products it makes in an artisan way.
British Sandwich Factory (BSF) is the Grupo Vips’ premium sandwich, salad and take-away product factory. Inaugurated in February 2008 in San Agustín de Guadalix (Madrid), it combines the best of artisan traditions with the most advanced technology in each one of its production processes all while maintaining a firm and ongoing commitment to innovation and quality.
More information: www.britishsandwichfactory.comla
About Grupo Vips
Grupo Vips is one of the leading multi-brand and multi-format groups in the food service and retail sector in Spain. It includes restaurants, cafés and shops. The company manages a total of six well-known chains it either owns or operates under franchising agreements: VIPS (cafeteria - restaurant and shop), VIPS Smart, GINOS, The Wok, TGI Fridays and Starbucks Coffee in Spain, Portugal and Andorra. Wagamama will soon be joining them. Moreover, the group has three unique restaurants, Lucca, Rugantino Casa Tua and Tattaglia, as well as a premium sandwich, salad and take-away product factory, BSF. The company manages a total of 350 locations serving more than 120,000 customers a day. It runs a pioneer and restaurant sector-leading loyalty program, Club VIPS, with more than 1,000,000 members throughout Spain. The app, which is unique in the market and was launched at the end of April 2015, has already been downloaded more than 450,000 times. Grupo Vips is a private equity company which was founded in 1969. The shareholders of Grupo Vips is composed of 70% by the majority shareholders and Group founders, led by Arango family, and 30% by the fund ProA Capital. Grupo Vips employs more than 9,300 people and ended fiscal year 2015 with 377.6 million euros in turnover.