Increase food and product safety in wholesale and cash-and-carry markets

Certification to the IFS Cash & Carry Standard enables wholesalers and cash-and-carry stores to ensure transparent and traceable food safety and quality. The standard can be applied to both packaged and bulk foods.

Ensures food safety and quality

Consistent compliance with legal requirements

Optimizes communication between all stakeholders

Creates a high level of trust from authorities and customers

Beschreibung Standard/Regelwerk

The international standard for greater food safety and quality in the wholesale sector

The IFS Wholesale/Cash & Carry Standard published in 2010 and is designed for wholesalers and cash & carry wholesalers. It is part of the International Featured Standards (IFS) for the food industry. The requirements can be used to objectively evaluate, analyze, and compare food quality and safety.

An audit according to the IFS certification standard for cash & carry / wholesale takes into account all processes as well as workflows relating to loose and packaged products in the wholesale sector.
The standard can be combined with other IFS standards, such as IFS Logistics, if a wholesaler also provides logistics services.

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Is the IFS Cash & Carry certification suitable for my organization?

As the name suggests, the certification is primarily aimed at wholesale companies and cash-and-carry wholesalers. However, the IFS Cash & Carry certification is also available for companies that pack loose or packaged goods.

If the qualifications are met, group certifications can also be carried out at similar locations or wholesale stores. DQS is accredited for certification according to IFS and can help your company determine if the IFS Cash & Carry/Wholesale is possible for your organization.

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Key Factors of the IFS Cash & Carry Standard

The IFS Cash & Carry Standard can be reduced to three central areas. These include product protection and the prevention of food fraud, quality management for large companies, and a comprehensive hazard analysis (HACCP).

The HACCP concept differentiates between loose and packaged goods. IFS Cash & Carry has similar requirements to the IFS Food Standard requirements with the main difference being the focus on wholesales stores and wholesalers.

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Why your company be certified according to IFS Wholesale/Cash & Carry?

An audit according to the IFS Cash & Carry standard offers many advantages:

  • Gain access to new customers and markets.
  • Reduce costs by avoiding multiple audits.
  • Optimize your processes.
  • Ensure continuous compliance with legal requirements.
  • Demonstrate compliance with strict standards.
  • Increase product and food safety.
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Certification Steps

First, you discuss your company, management system, and the goals of certification with us. Next, you will promptly receive a detailed and transparent quote, customized to your individual needs.

Especially for larger certification projects, a planning meeting is a valuable opportunity to get to know your DQS Inc. auditor, as well as to develop an individual audit program for all departments and locations involved.
A gap assessment also offers the opportunity to identify potential for improvement as well as strengths of your management system in advance. Both services are optional.

Once your company is ready, an audit date will be scheduled with an auditor that has the necessary expertise and experience in your industry. During the certification audit, our auditors will assess whether your management system meets the requirements of the standard and identify potential areas of  improvement. In a final meeting, you will receive a detailed presentation of the results from your DQS auditor and if necessary, action plans will be agreed upon.

The audit and its results are evaluated by the independent certification board of DQS, which decides on the issuance of the IFS Cash & Carry certificate. You will receive an audit report documenting the audit results. If there are any nonconformities, you will have the opportunity to correct them and take appropriate action at this time. If all applicable requirements are met, you will receive the certificate with a validity period of one year.

After one year, your certificate will expire. To ensure that your certificate is valid without any gaps, DQS Inc. will schedule your next audit well in advance.


How much does IFS Cash & Carry certification cost?

The cost of IFS Cash & Carry certification depends on the size of your company and the complexity of your processes. We are happy to make you an individual quote for your company without obligation.


Why should your company get certified to IFS Cash & Carry with DQS Inc.?

  • Extensive industry knowledge and experience of the auditors
  • Personal contacts at over 80 locations worldwide with local support in the United States
  • Necessary audits for food logistics and retail from one source
  • Highly solution-oriented and customer-focused

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