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IFS Cash & Carry / Wholesale



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IFS Cash & Carry/ Wholesale was developed to optimize the audit procedures of cash & carry markets and wholesalers. These two distinct types of businesses are seen as important connectors between producers and converters as well as commercial clients. With help of these businesses, they can process small amounts of unpacked products next to their wide range of goods. The IFS Cash & Carry/ Wholesale standard is based on the IFS Food standard, providing the foundation for food safety and quality. IFS Cash & Carry/wholesale provides the ability to attain multi- site certification, under specific conditions, for sites and markets with similar activities.



• Cash & Carry markets

•  Wholesalers who repack or handle loose and packed products

IFS Cash& Carry/ Wholesale audits are carried out by qualified auditors of independent accredited and approved certification bodies. The requirements of the IFS Cash & Carry/ Wholesale are divided into six chapters:

  • Senior management responsibility
  • Quality and food safety management system
  • Resource management
  • Production process
  • Measurements, analysis, improvements
  • Food defense (in upcoming version)



  • Establish a common standard with uniform evaluation system
  • Work with accredited certification bodies and qualified auditors
  • Ensure comparability and transparency throughout the entire supply chain
  • Reduce cost and time for both suppliers retailers



Benefits of the scheme IFS certification can offer a number of key benefits to companies striving for excellence in quality, food safety and customer satisfaction, and seeking a competitive advantage in their market place:

  • Improved understanding between management and staff relating to good practices, standards and procedures
  • Monitoring of compliance with food regulations
  • More effective use of resources
  • Reduction in the need for customer audits
  • Independent third party audits
  • Ability to reduce total audit time by combining multiple audits
  • Higher flexibility through individual implementation due to a risk based approach
  • Improved business reputation as a manufacture of higher- quality and safe products
  • Ability to trade with customers requiring third party audits
  • Use of the IFS logo and certificate to demonstrate compliance with the highest standards






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