Axis clean audit sweep for Guenther Bakeries UK

Axis Cleaning and Support Services, the nationwide supplier of commercial cleaning services, has played a vital role in helping Guenther Bakeries UK to attain its highest ever ratings in a series of recent industry audits.

Audits are essential for food product manufacturers to demonstrate compliance to industry regulations and show best practice in quality processes, health and safety, and hygiene to existing, new and potential clients.

Axis provides cleaning services to Guenther’s Bury-based manufacturing facility, which supplies over 500,000,000 products annually through its two bread-bun and one English muffin lines. It has never failed an internal cleaning audit and has consistently maintained high monthly Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) scores, always exceeding 90/100.

External organisations including the American Institute of Bakers (AIB) and the British Retail Consortium (BRC) undertake random audits, with the latest AIB audit being scored 920/1000. Further audits are taken for clients that require specific standards, including an international quick service restaurant.

James McDade, UK Technical Manager for Guenther Bakeries, says that cleaning is essential: “By maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene we sustain our deserved reputation within the industry and support the reputations of our clients,” he says.

Axis Cleaning and Support Services is the first external provider of cleaning at Guenther Bakeries UK, and has helped to control costs while increasing its input hours on service delivery at no cost.

“It has implemented positive changes and streamlined the service,” James continues. “Always keen to develop, Axis focuses on providing a very good and consistent service while maintaining an important collaborative relationship with us.”

Mark Ferguson, Sector Director at Axis Cleaning and Support Services, explains a skilled workforce cleans to fine details: “The audit scores prove our positive effect at Guenther’s facility,” he says, “and the Site Manager Norbert Cronshaw has been instrumental in driving labour efficiencies to achieve the scores.

“We have developed strong links with Guenther, and hope to increase our service offering while we continue to improve on our already good service.”

Guenther Bakeries UK is a company of C. H. Guenther and Son, the American-based and Texas-controlled manufacturer and supplier of food products for retail and foodservice applications. Gunther Bakeries UK has two manufacturing facilities, Banbury and Bury.