Trade Associations

BRC Global Standards is a leading safety and quality certification programme, used by over 23,000 certificated suppliers in 123 countries, with certification issued through a worldwide network of accredited certification bodies.

The BRC Standards guarantee the standardisation of quality, safety and operational criteria and ensure that manufacturers fulfil their legal obligations and provide protection for the end consumer. BRC Global Standards are now often a fundamental requirement of leading retailers.


Sterling Supergroup Ltd

Strength Through Co-operation

Founded in 1966, the Sterling Supergroup is a true member's buying co-operative, with 38 wholesalers and an annual turnover in excess of £350 million. The membership consists of family owned wholesale companies located throughout the United Kingdom, supplying over 40,000 retail and catering outlets.

Product ranges supplied include ambient, frozen, fresh and chilled foods, confectionery, crisps and snacks, soft drinks, and non-foods.

The wholesalers within Sterling support a national promotion programme arranged by the Head Office but retain their individual identity.

Our membership of the group gives us access to the 'Sterling Caterers Essentials' own label range of top quality sensibly priced products.

British Frozen Food Federation:

BFFF is the UK’s frozen food trade association, with over 300 members comprising Producers, Wholesalers, Importers, Exporters, Brokers, Retailers and related Associate businesses.

Membership provides an excellent opportunity for frozen food companies and associates to gain awareness at both commercial and legislative levels and also to understand how BFFF is promoting the industry.

The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) has a unique and substantial membership covering the entire cold chain from large companies to SMEs, which increases its influence with Government and outside agencies. Membership services are offered impartially to each individual member company.


LACA – Associate members:

This grade of membership is for people or businesses working with or supplying to local authority caterers. It would suit consultants to the sector, food and equipment suppliers and anyone else with an interest in this market place.

The Association represents the School Food Industry and membership is open to all parties who make a contribution to this market sector - providers (public and private sector) client officers, consultants, suppliers and manufacturers. Individual schools may become members of the Association.