BUREAU VERITAS approved to deliver Yum supplier audit certification

BUREAU VERITAS approved to deliver Yum! supplier audit certification

Yum! Brands Inc. operates more than 50,000 restaurants in 150 countries, including well-known brands such as KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell. In 2022, Yum! decided to move from its supplier audit program to GFSI-recognized third-party certification to improve Food Safety and Quality assurance in the supply chain by 2025.

The Food Safety and QA team at Yum! has stated that the majority of its suppliers must be certified by the end of 2024. Suppliers, particularly those that are new to the certification process, need to understand the requirements, choose the most appropriate standard or program and prepare for certification.

Bureau Veritas is a global leader in certification with an extensive network of Food Safety experts. Through this network, and our services, we can support all suppliers to achieve third-party certification, step-by-step. We offer Food Safety training and an introduction to the various Food Safety standards recognized by GFSI.

Bureau Veritas can also help suppliers to take a step-by-step approach with the several global market programs offered by the scheme owner. Those programs have been created to prepare the operations for certification with an assurance level to evaluate the readiness to achieve certification. With our independent verification, our auditors will bring added value to suppliers by indicating where the focus needs to be put to achieve GFSI certification. Our network of hundreds of GFSI-approved auditors in all the regions of the world would also serve suppliers to directly get third-party certification against the GFSI-recognized standards of their choice.

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The timeline for third-party certification is as follows:

  • Risk 1, 2 and 3A and 3B suppliers must be GFSI certified by the end of 2024.
  • Risk 3C suppliers must be GFSI certified by the end of 2026.

What is the next step for you?

Suppliers will need to decide what steps to take to comply with expectations based on both their risk category and their Food Safety and organization maturity level.

All players should replace Yum! audits with certification to a GFSI-recognized program. These include:

  • BRCGS Global Standard for Food Safety
  • IFS Food
  • FSSC 22000
  • SQF Code

YUM! has integrated adherence to entry-level programs linked to GFSI-recognized standards into its supplier management to support them on their journey to certification, the global market programs. These include:

  • FSSC Development Program - FSSC 22000 Development Program
  • IFS Global Markets Foods
  • SQF Fundamentals

Companies starting the process with global market programs should work toward continuous improvement with the goal of achieving GFSI certification within the required timeframe.

It is recommended to all suppliers start as soon as possible to ensure compliance with the deadline as compliance can take time to be achieved and 2023 should be the year to start the first audit.

The Bureau Veritas team is here to support you, and to help you identify which approach is right for your business


The Yum! Supplier Resource Library

  • Yum! has partnered with the four major GFSI-Recognized Programme Owners to develop a resource library containing a range of materials for suppliers seeking certification. These include audit guidance documents, links to webinars and training materials, introductory videos and transition guides for Food Safety audits.
  • All resources have been published in the Supplier Resource Library, which can be accessed via TrueView by logging in and selecting Training > Resource Library.

Achieving certification for your production facility not only helps you comply with Yum!’s supplier Food Safety requirements but also opens the door to working with other leading international and regional brands.

Certification to a GFSI-recognized standard is good for Food Safety and good for your business.