Technical & Quality

Certification and Memberships

Here at First Grade International we are certified against the BRCGS Agents and Brokers Standard and we are members of Campden BRI. We require that our suppliers, factories and key partners are certified against GFSI recognised standards such as BRCGS, IFS, FSSC and SQF. These standards are the foundation of our supplier approval process and provide reassurance to us and our customers that our high standards are being met and maintained.

Responsible Sourcing

First Grade International is an active member of SEDEX; the leading organisation for companies committed to sourcing responsibly and improving conditions for all parties within the supply chain. We prompt all our suppliers to register to become members of SEDEX before supplier approval and encourage them to participate in a third party SMETA Audit to allow for transparency throughout our supply chain.

Organic Alternatives

We offer a wide range of Organic certified products in the UK market including Organic Coconut Water (Single Strength), Organic Desiccated Coconut, Organic Raw Coconut Chip, Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Coconut Milk, Organic Coconut Creamed Squares, Organic Sultanas, Organic Raisins, Organic Cocoa Powder, and Organic Cocoa Butter.

Supply Chain Management

Our supply chains can be both complex and extensive with our suppliers providing a range of raw materials and finished goods. To support this, First Grade International has a dedicated and experienced Technical team which carefully monitors and audits suppliers’ sites to ensure that both UK and International Laws are met. We incorporate the principles of HACCP, TACCP and VACCP into our audit process and strive to achieve and build a rapport with our suppliers to ensure transparency and trust.

Modern Slavery Policy

It is required under the Modern Slavery Act (2015) that businesses state the actions they have taken during the financial year to ensure that modern slavery is not taking place in both their operations and supply chains.

Here at First Grade International we see slavery, forced labour and human trafficking as fundamentally unacceptable within our business.

As a company we firmly support the movement for transparency and collaboration from businesses to eliminate this risk.

Coconut Harvesting & Monkey Abuse Policy

First Grade International Limited, being largest importer of coconut products into the UK, are able to offer absolute assurance that there is no abuse of monkeys in our plantations in Indonesia or our supply base in the Philippines.