Quality - All Fresh Produce Suppliers

Quality - All Fresh Produce Suppliers

This page contains the Coles requirements that all suppliers of fresh produce must comply with.


It is the suppliers’ responsibility to communicate the Coles Brands standards through their supply chain to ensure compliance. This page does not and is not intended to set out all the legal requirements suppliers must comply with. We recommend suppliers need to obtain their own advice on their legal obligations.




Coles currently operates certification schemes against a number of different standards:




Coles Farm Program


This is a voluntary initiative designed as a Self-Assessment Questionnaire for farmers.


The purpose of the program is to understand the good news stories that are on farm alongside what support our farmers may need with Environmental and Sustainability activities.


Product Specifications


Control Specifications are managed and created internally at Coles and distributed to many suppliers.

Chemical and Microbiological Testing Standards


The Coles Testing Standards have been designed to manage food safety and quality risks for Coles Brand, and now include a minimum testing frequency. They align with national standards such as the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, testing guidelines published by state regulators such as the NSW Food Authority and Dairy Food Safety Victoria, as well as international guidelines including Codex and the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST). Overall these testing standards help to ensure the continued delivery of industry good practice in accordance with Coles Brand supplier requirements.


For convenience, the Testing Standards have been preloaded into Coles Fusion according to product type.


The Testing Standards will come into effect on 7 November 2016 following a six month transition period. Therefore, to ensure supplier testing standards are compliant, we ask that suppliers undertake an evaluation during this transition period and make any required changes prior to 7 November 2016.


Whilst we believe most suppliers’ existing testing procedures already meet the Coles Testing Standards and testing frequencies, if there are any additional testing costs incurred to achieve compliance, these will need to be borne by the supplier as part of the supplier’s ongoing food safety and quality program.