Hi Glenn, thank you for your response. I guess what I meant by "grey area" is that we do not manufacture anything. We simply purchase and resell packaging. In my research around "packaging" I seem to run into lots of requirements for manufactures of packaging but, not much for distributors of packaging.
I have a client that also distributes packaging products to the food industry as well as other industries.
After about five years of warehousing and shipping all the packaging they were approached by some of their customers and asked if they would consider storage and shipping their food, produce, drinks, etc.
So, they turned into a logistics business and pass-thru 50 or so trailers of food and packaging everyday now.
One day along comes a customer that has been buying packaging from them and tells them they need to get SQF certified if they want to continue supplying the customer.
They contacted us and they said they needed to get the packaging part of their business certified.
There is really no clear choice for certification on just distributing packaging... but - drumroll --
Because they were acting as a logistics/storage facility now for a growing number of food companies we got them moving towards SQF logistics and food storage. As an aside we included packaging under the scope of the certification along with the various categories that are food and food related.
So, now they are SQF certified and satisfy several customers that required the certification and are just packaging customers.
Thus, if your company is also storage and distributing food products (just not opening or processing food) you could get GFSI certified under a logistics/storage certification.
The SQF certification greatly enhanced their business with new customers for both packaging and food storage.
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