I am working on building a supplier approval/vetting program for a small-batch specialty coffee roaster. I have a feeling that this program can be generally simple seeing as coffee is a low-risk commodity. Because of this, what I do hope to get from our suppliers (both for ingredients & packaging) include the following:
- 3rd party certificate & audit report (where one isn't provided, a questionnaire will be provided)
- Signed Letter of Guarantee from the vendor
- Specifications (covering food-grade suitability for packaging)
Of course, if an audit report was to be provided I am confident that my bases would be covered in the areas of food safety concern (IE; traceability, sanitation, allergens, etc;). However, from what I am reading in other threads I am learning that ingredient suppliers may not be prepared with this type of documentation. Is this still the case or have times changed?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!