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The APL Board has approved APIQtick13x14® Standards and Performance Indicators specific to supplying pigs/pork to Coles. They were agreed to after extensive consultation between APL, Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd (Coles) and existing Coles’s producer suppliers. The Standards are listed as Option B:Customer Specifications for Supply to Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd (Coles) (CSC) in APIQtick13x14® Standards Manual version 4.2 1/2017.

CSC 4.2 1/2017 includes Standards and Performance Indicators for:

  • Stocking Density.
  • Husbandry Practices.
  • Antibiotics, Growth Promotants and Hormone Use.
  • Bedding and Enrichment.

To have Customer Specifications built into an industries QA program is a first for agriculture in Australia and fits with APL’s responsibility to “create the future farmers need” as listed in the company values. This Customer Specification Module:

  • Gives all registered producers the opportunity to supply Coles if their compliance to CSC is verified through the APIQtick13x14® Compliance Audit process.
  • Gives producers a single set of Standards to comply with.
  • Saves producers time and money by:
    • Requiring producers with one (1) site to have one (1) annual Compliance Audit rather than an APIQtick13x14® audit and a Coles Audit annually; AND
    • One (1) Compliance Audit every two (2) years for each site in a Joint Certification; AND
    • Is audited by APIQtick13x14® registered auditors who have been trained to audit against all APIQ® Standards including CSC.

The APIQtick13x14®Compliance Guide, For Producers and Auditors is designed to assist producers to comply with CSC.

If you would like to find out more about supplying to Coles Supermarkets, or how to meet the Standards please contact APIQM on 1800 789 099 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.