Bairds Malt growers and trade suppliers operate under accepted assurance schemes to give us absolute confidence in our barley supply chain, a confidence that we pass on to our customers in the form of full traceability.
The Quality assurance schemes play a big role in increasing both consumer and trade confidence through quality assurance and traceability throughout the supply chain for both home and export markets. Most major grain outlets now look for all grain intakes to be assured grain.
The purpose of the farm assurance schemes, Scottish Quality Crops (SQC) and Red Tractor, is to provide consumers and industry parties with comprehensive assurance about production standards, food safety and environmental care. Essentially from the sowing of the crop to it leaving the farm.
The trade assurance schemes, with the Trade Association Scheme for Combinable Crops (TASCC) being predominant, then take over. These cover the merchanting, haulage, storage and laboratory analysis.
A grain passport accompanies each load of grain from farm through to acceptance at the delivery point. All parts of the chain are independently audited thus giving the consumer the confidence that they can pass on to their customer in the form of full traceability.