Tetra Pak’s Binh Duong facility achieves BRCGS certification with grade AA+

In a surprise inspection visit, Tetra Pak’s Binh Duong facility has been awarded a BRCGS grade of AA+

Tetra Pak’s site in Binh Duong, Vietnam, has passed quality control criteria to achieve BRCGS grade AA+ certification. Among 82 packaging factories in Vietnam, Tetra Pak Binh Duong is the only one with AA+ rating.

BRCGS is a quality management system introduced by the British Retail Consortium in 1996 to protect consumers. This standard outlines the food safety, quality and process criteria that manufacturers need to follow.

A manufacturer is only accorded an AA+ rating when there are less than five defects that do not comply with the BRCGS standards. During a surprise inspection by an independent third party, the Tetra Pak Binh Duong factory had only two minor defects and was therefore rated AA+. This rating will be valid until 3 Jun 2024.

“BRC certification with an AA+ rating in an unannounced inspection further confirms Tetra Pak Binh Duong’s strict compliance and consistent quality in the production of sterile paper boxes. This helps us strengthen confidence in food quality and safety with consumers as well as food and beverage manufacturers,” said Eliseo Barcas, general director of Tetra Pak Vietnam. .

Tetra Pak factory in Binh Duong went into operation in mid-2019, adhering to stringent production standards. The factory focuses on producing sterile paper boxes for the domestic market and exporting to ASEAN countries, Australia and New Zealand. 

Previously, in 2020, Tetra Pak Binh Duong was also one of the few factories in Vietnam to receive the gold version of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for sustainable activities. By applying the LEED standard, the plant saves two million litres of water per year, reuses and recycles 90% of its waste, and reduces emissions of 4,000 tons of CO2 into the environment annually.

With confidence in the recovery of the economy after the pandemic as well as the goal to completely eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from the entire company’s operations by 2030, Tetra Pak has invested an additional €5m in the plant, with the goal of increasing annual output from the current 11.5 billion boxes to 16.5 billion boxes and installing 2,300 solar panels on the roof of the factory.

This article was originally written in Vietnamese.