Bidvest joins forces with BAP
The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program has found a new partner in Bidvest Australia and Bidvest Fresh/Direct Seafoods UK.
In an effort to further their company’s sustainability goals, Bidvest Australia and Bidvest Fresh/Direct Seafoods UK have committed to working with their suppliers and the BAP market development team to expand the amount of farmed seafood originating from their BAP-certified facility. The partnership will ultimately aid in the Bivest mission to obtain four-star BAP status.
“GAA welcomes and applauds the leadership position that is being formed by Bidvest,” said Peter Redmond, BAP vice president of market development. “It is always difficult to launch a sustainability platform. To do it across continents is very difficult, and we recognize the effort and drive that Bidvest has put in to becoming a true leader in this sector. Four-star BAP certification is truly the most comprehensive and rigorous approach to aquaculture certification, and we commend Bidvest’s efforts.”
“Direct Seafoods is committed to sourcing their farmed seafood from robust third party certified schemes,” added Laky Zervudachi, director of sustainability and epicurean for Direct Seafoods. “We believe that four-star BAP products help us give our clients the security they need to know that their seafood has been responsibly sourced from end to end. With BAP, GAA has created a truly credible third-party certification scheme that enhances our sustainability values and helps give credence to our whole ethos.”
“As an industry leader in the Australian foodservice market, Bidvest customers rely on us to ensure our products are sourced from quality suppliers with the highest standards,” concluded Brett Patience, national seafood development manager for Bidvest Australia. “BAP certification provides credible, independent, third-party verification, which the entire aquaculture supply chain adheres to, thereby giving our customers security knowing that the products they source have been sustainably and ethically produced. As part of our quality and sustainability program, we are committed to sourcing our farmed seafood from BAP-certified facilities.”
Both Bidvest Australia and Bidvest Fresh/Direct Seafoods UK are a part of the Bidvest Group Limited, which was founded in 1988 and employs some 141,000 people around the world.