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Case study: Deli Solutions Clitheroe


Deli Solutions, based in Clitheroe, Lancashire is part of the WBD group, which supplies high quality own label delicatessen foods to leading retailers including Asda, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose. Products include top end free-range Spanish charcuterie and chilled meat and seafood tapas. The Group has won a number of Quality Food and Grocer Own Label Awards.

Training with VWA

Deli Solutions staff have undertaken a range of courses with Verner Wheelock Associates over the past 5 years. These have included Auditing, HACCP, Food Safety and online training. The training has been in response to new members of staff, to aid career progression for existing members of staff and to meet BRC requirements.

Delegates from all levels and departments within Deli Solutions have received training: from the General Manager , Technical Manager and Health & Safety Manager to Hygiene Team Leaders, QA Assistants and office staff. In addition, over 100 operatives have taken VWA’s online Level 2 Food Safety course.

Training Outcomes


Deli Solutions staff performed particularly well in the RSPH Level 3 Award in HACCP for Food Manufacturing and Auditing Skills examinations, with the majority achieving Distinctions.

Following VWA training, staff felt they had gained a much better understanding of food safety and HACCP as it related to their own environment and had the confidence to put this knowledge into practice. As a result food safety and food quality standards at Deli Solutions were even further improved. Likewise, the auditing courses gave staff the necessary skills to undertake internal audits in preparation for third party audits.

Deli Solutions’ training shows their commitment to upholding the highest standards.  Since completing training with VWA their HACCP team has expanded and they have a good internal auditing team capable of carrying out all internal auditing requirements of the BRC. In fact the company achieved an ‘A’ Grade in their last BRC audit.

Why choose VWA as your training your provider

Deli Solutions cite the high quality of training, excellent exam pass rates and the experience of the trainers as the main reasons for choosing to train with VWA. Course tutors, Paul Bache and Peter Clarke delivered the majority of the training. Both have extensive experience of the food industry and outstanding training records.  Our ability to tailor courses wherever possible also influenced Deli Solutions’ decision to select VWA as their training provider. Roy Patchell, Health and Safety Manager at Deli Solutions said: “VWA have a highly qualified team that cater to our specific needs.”

He continued: “The relationship we have is of the highest level. You can give VWA a call and the team is always happy to assist to find the most relevant course to fit our needs. VWA keep me up-to-date with courses and offer competitive prices. All delegates from Deli Solutions that have attended courses always speak highly of the welcome they receive and the level of training provided.”

If you would like to discuss your training requirements please call 01756 700802 or email office@vwa.co.uk.