The American Institute of Baking (AIB) is a third-party audit service commonly recognized for its certification program of food grade warehousing. AIB’s food safety and hygiene audit services are recognized worldwide as the standard against which other food safety programs are judged. At its founding in 1919, AIB was meant to educate those working in the baking field on best practices. AIB later became an organization that inspected and audited food grade warehouse industry.
AIB’s role as an auditing service for food grade warehousing took hold after World War II. Many companies in the food industry had fallen on tough times and were economizing on sanitation. AIB began by inspecting food grade warehousing. After the inspection AIB would help customers identify and implement good practices. Companies who incorporated the results of the inspections into their daily practices experienced a competitive advantage.
Today AIB uses a widely-recognized set of standards to conduct safety audits for food grade warehousing. AIB is now inspecting food grade warehousing around the world. Some companies require that all of their suppliers be inspected by AIB.
According to AIB International, Comprehensive Inspections evaluate the adequacy of:
- Operational Methods and Personnel Practices
- Maintenance for Food Safety
- Cleaning Practices
- Integrated Pest Management
- Adequacy of Prerequisite and Food Safety Programs
According to the AIB International website, “AIB International does not ‘certify’ a company, or offer certification for its inspection of good manufacturing practices prerequisites and food safety programs. The AIB International Consolidated Standards for Inspection are privately maintained standards that are not publicly benchmarked. Consequently, formal certification cannot be provided. The inspection process is a collaborative and guiding one, based upon a collective responsibility heald between auditor and client. Only AIB International inspectors, who are all AIB International employees and highly trained, can conduct an AIB International GMP inspection. For facilities that pass our inspection, we issue recognition documents based upon the score received at the time of the inspection. The recognition documents do not “expire”. However, most companies request to have an inspection conducted at least once a year. The frequency of inspections is not set by AIB International.” 
AIB’s certification process involves a close inspection of the facility. Inspectors look at operational methods and practices that the company uses. At the same time the inspector looks at cleaning practices and maintenance performed on equipment. The information is scored and then shared with the supplier. Since 1998 FW Warehousing continues to maintain the highest AIB rating of superior.
FW Warehousing is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with Midwest warehouse distribution centers in Kansas City, Indianapolis and St. Louis totaling more than four million square feet. Founded in 1949 with a focus on food-grade storage, FW later broadened its services to include contract warehousing, dry storage, hazardous material and chemical storage, temperature-controlled storage, product distribution and B2B and B2C fulfillment.
FW Warehousing has more than 50 years of experience in third-party 3PL logistics and has been ranked in the top 100 Third Party Logistic Companies in the country by Inbound Logistics magazine.
For more information about FW Warehousing and the complete warehousing, fulfillment and logistics capabilities, visit the FW Warehousing About Us webpage.