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Ravenwood Launches End of Line Quality Control System

Linerless gurus, Ravenwood Packaging has unveiled its latest game-changing technology, the VXR; combining vision, x-ray and seal check technology. The new innovation launched at Pro2Pac, ahead of the Ravenwood Annual Conference.

The new compact and high-tech arrangement provides an all-inclusive process for the seamless production of sleeving, contaminate detection and sealing of trays. Customers will benefit from fully automating their production lines, alleviating the need for manual checks which are costly in terms of manpower and time consuming when production deadlines are tight. These three technologies fall under the operation of just one machine, incorporated into just 1.9m. The ‘end of line’ solution provider to meet the food industry’s stringent requirements.

“Supermarkets are demanding improved quality, 100% error free labelling and reduced costs – placing increased pressure on suppliers,” says Paul Beamish, Founder and Managing Director of Ravenwood Packaging. “The new VXR machine will not only meet these demands but will outperform manual operations for a fully streamlined process.”

The key functionality of the VXR system, when combining the three technologies, is to identify and reject food trays that are seen to contain errors. Ravenwood’s VXR will solve these issues with ‘Sapphire’ carbon nanotube field emission technology. Sapphire is a leading technology in the field of x-ray, boasting low energy, high speeds and resolution for unparalleled performance.

Vision

With ‘Vision’, the machine automatically detects faulty labels, printing errors and poor quality print. Expect analysis of label position, quantity and orientation. All printed information is checked including barcodes, use-by dates and traceability codes. The system also boasts a user-friendly interface for rugged factory environments. Ravenwood stipulated this at the design phase. “The machine must be simple and easy to use,” says Beamish.

X-Ray

The VXR is programmed with heightened sensitivity for detecting dense mass and contaminates, and identifies foreign bodies such as glass, metal, ceramics including all types of bones. Products are cast aside and placed in the removable reject bin.

Seal Check

Contaminates in the seal are also screened, ensuring trays and food packages are properly sealed. Foods that have ‘slipped’ could potentially obstruct the seal. The system also examines for the correct position of the food and number of products within the tray – for example, number of meatballs.

“Contamination of food may pose serious consequences for a company. Under the Product Liability Law, every food producer is liable for contagions in the event that a consumer should be harmed,” adds Beamish.

Ravenwood is now taking orders. Machines are built bespoke to feature just one or all three of the technologies. For further information, contact Natalie Bonner on +44 (0) 1284 749144 or email marketing@ravenwood.co.uk.

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Fox’s Biscuits Streamlines Production and Service Levels After Deploying FuturMaster Supply Chain Technology

Fox’s, the £250 million UK biscuit company, has improved its forecasting, manufacturing and promotions planning practices after implementing new supply chain technology from specialist vendor FuturMaster. The software has helped the manufacturer boost its service levels and manage up to 150 deliveries a week to retailers including Tesco, M&S and Aldi, while customer service levels have increased from 96% to 99% on over 30 million cases sold each year.

Since starting out in 1853 in West Yorkshire, Fox’s has made around 1,450 billion biscuits from its three manufacturing bakeries in Batley, Kirkham and Uttoxeter. Enjoyed across the UK, Fox’s Biscuits are also exported to Europe, North America and the Far East. Since 2011, Fox’s has been part of the 2 Sisters Food Group, the UK’s third leading food manufacturer.

Batley has eight ovens and up to 26 lines operating, using 9,300 tonnes of flour and 6,000 tonnes of chocolate to produce 25,000 tonnes of biscuits every year. Average weekly production at Uttoxeter is 1,000 tonnes or 50,000 tonnes per annum. Kirkham is the home of the Rocky biscuit range, producing 1,700 chocolate biscuit bars per minute, equating to over 10 million per week. Kirkham also produces 10 million party rings each week – stacked on top of each other they would reach 50 miles high.

Overall, Fox’s makes around 400 million packets of biscuits a year and relies on FuturMaster’s forecasting technology for more accurately planning production needs and managing peaks and troughs throughout the year. For instance, preparing popular assortment ranges (which account for around a fifth of sales) for Christmas starts as early as January, when important ingredients like chocolate are frozen (chocolate can’t be stored in a warm environment). The company employs more than 2,000 people, with many extra hands brought in between June and November to prepare for peak production during the run up to Christmas.

It works closely with all the major UK retailers, as well as many abroad, to plan weekly requirements so that shelves remain fully stocked with the best selling ranges. Popular brands include Rocky, Classic and the hugely popular tinned assortments. Fox’s provides biscuits across a range of price points to ensure broad consumer appeal. The company has also grown its own-label business, which, given the significant number of extra units sold with various retailers’ own labels on the packaging, now accounts for around half its annual sales.

The Challenge

Fox’s product range presents many challenges for demand and supply planning. On the demand side, there are over 350 branded and own-label products and many promotional and seasonal lines.  The products are distributed through a range of trade channels including export and independent distributors and all UK retailers.

The supply side is no easier. In addition to well-known packets such as Crinkle Crunch and Rocky, a high proportion of the volume is made up of Christmas assortment tins and packets. These have up to 20 different biscuits inside, each of which needs to be produced and ready for assembly at exactly the right time.  If you consider that some of the components are made from plain biscuits baked in a different site, and others are made on the same production lines as the finished products, then you are starting to understand the complexity of the Fox’s production process.

Prior to FuturMaster there was poor demand visibility from a time-consuming forecasting process. The planning process took the best part of a month to complete due to the multiple iterations and assumptions within the spreadsheets. This was viewed as a significant business risk.

Planning promotions (with retailers) has also become an important part of the day-to-day business. FuturMaster’s software helps evaluate the impact of, say, running a two-for-one offer by determining what would be the resulting sales uplift and the extra volumes that need producing. It also shows when would be a good time to do these promotions based on analysing production line requirements and demand.

“It’s crucial for us to produce exactly the right volumes and get sell-through with retailers,” says Bill Dales, Demand Planning Controller at Fox’s. “The demand planning software predicts what’s needed in terms of sales units to shift for the coming days, months or year. This helps us plan ahead and make sure we can deliver on what’s promised.”

Given limited storage capacity and the perishable nature of foodstuffs, the company clearly doesn’t want to produce too much too soon, so relies on data to help manage the production line as well. For example, to meet increased demand on certain types of chocolate biscuits, Fox’s might need to split production between different machines and run for an extra eight hours before cleaning and switching to other ingredients. It can also use the data to see if it meets its human resources needs and to plan the buying of raw materials.

Most retailers now share forecasts on a daily basis. A team of eight people at Fox’s use FuturMaster as a process tool and for trend analysis. They can then fine-tune weekly booking forecasts, using retailers’ Epos data to go back two to three years to work out what sells, at what price, and so on. These forecasts are used for procurement purposes and to set budgets for purchasing and labour requirements up to two years ahead. With around 3,500 live forecasts to deal with each week, FuturMaster’s production and inventory management tool ensures the process is optimised.

The Benefits

The role of the central demand planning team has changed from one of administration to one of being a strategically important function to the business. For production planning, the process has moved from being a process taking many days to one in which a new plan can be created within 90 minutes of a new forecast being available.

Since deploying the FuturMaster software, forecast accuracy (measured as the Mean Absolute Percent Error, or MAPE) has improved from 48% to 74%, customer service levels have improved by 3%, while the number of products experiencing service issues (defined by a shortage above 10 cases in any month) has fallen by 65%.

“Before, around a fifth of products had service level issues. Now it’s down to just five percent a month,” says Dales.

Whilst boosting supply and maintaining service levels to retailers at an impressive 99 percent, Fox’s has also managed to bring down working capital and reduce costs for the business. Wastage has been minimised and storage costs kept down. With a shelf life of around 40 weeks typically for its biscuits, Fox’s has reduced its average stock holding to just two to three weeks.

“Over the last few years stock has moved to the right place to ensure a streamlined supply chain,” concludes Dales. “And thanks to significantly improving the accuracy of our forecasts, we’re now able to maintain ideal safety stocks and we’re running on an optimum level right now.”

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AGRO Merchants Group Unveils Next Phase of its Development

AGRO Merchants Group recently celebrated the opening of their first European greenfield site in the port of Rotterdam. AGRO Merchants Group completed the first phase of the Rotterdam-Maasvlakte facility in December 2016. The 18,000-pallet-space cold store expanded the company’s service offering to its client base in the critical port hub.

AGRO Merchants Rotterdam-Maasvlakte provides comprehensive services for the meat and seafood industry and serves as a Veterinary Border Inspection Post (BIP).

Located in Rotterdam, the facility will benefit importers and exporters through AGRO’s global network and Captive Trade solution. With this innovative program, AGRO Merchants Group can take full responsibility of movement of meat products from origin to destination, including any re-handling, veterinary checks and inspections on both ends adds value and reliability to our customers.

The flexible multi-temperature cold store will handle a wide range of frozen and chilled commodities and will offer the possibility to develop custom packaging areas and a wide range of additional value-added services.

Competitive Edge

Jan Harthoorn, Vice President Strategic Development Europe, said: “It made sense for us to have a stronger presence in the port of Rotterdam. It’s a key location for global trade of meat, fish and fruit. The fact that we have facilities in 9 countries worldwide makes us stand out amongst our competitors.”

Carlos Rodriguez, President of AGRO Merchants Europe, praised the team for excellent cooperation on the project and spoke about the future plans of the company: “It´s a milestone for our group as we have proven that we can do greenfield projects and will do many more in the future. Several exciting projects are ahead of us this year – we are really close to entering two more European countries in the next six months.”

Organisational Changes

AGRO also announced organisational changes in January. Neal Rider, the CEO and co-founder, transitioned to the newly-created role of Executive Chairman. Carlos Rodriguez, also co-founder and previously the President of Agro Merchants Europe, was promoted to CEO.

Jan Harthoorn, Vice-President Strategic Development Europe; Peter van der Kolk, Managing Director Netherlands; Johan van Middendorp, COO Europe; and Carlos Rodriguez, CEO Global.

Rider has led the company since its formation in February 2013. In less than four years, Agro has grown to become the fifth-largest provider of refrigerated warehousing and logistics services in the world, with operations in nine countries across four continents.

“It is a great honour for me to lead this organization,” said Rodriguez. “Our team has accomplished an extraordinary amount in the past four years. We will continue to aggressively grow the business while also bringing more focus on integrating our existing network of cold stores, all with the goal of delivering the best solutions to our customers. I’m excited for the future and the opportunity to work more closely with our partners and teams around the world.”

In 2016, the company expanded further in the Iberian Peninsula by acquiring APC in Barcelona and massively expanding the cold store in Algeciras. The company also finished expansion projects in ADB, Naaldwijk-Rotterdam, Lucca Freezer & Cold Storage in Vineland, NJ and built a new state-of-art warehouse in Maasvlakte-Rotterdam. 2016 was wrapped up by AGRO’s entry into Australia by acquiring Doboy Coldstores in Brisbane.

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£1 Million Boost For Scottish Aquaculture Supply Chain Innovation

A £1 million pilot programme to boost innovation in aquaculture in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland is set to go ahead. Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has approved the funding package and will run the programme in conjunction with the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC).

The 30-month pilot is expected to attract a similar level of funding from the private sector. It is targeted at helping small to medium enterprises (SMEs) achieve greater commercialisation of new innovative products and services, which will have a positive and sustainable economic and social impact.

Projects supported will have clear commercial outcomes. Together they are expected to boost industry turnover in the region by around £8 million and create up to 50 jobs, including many in fragile areas.

Aquaculture is a priority sector for HIE and of growing importance to Scotland’s economy. It is estimated to contribute as much as £1.8 billion turnover a year to the Scottish economy and support around 8,000 jobs. The Aquaculture Growth Strategy 2030, ‘A Strategic Plan for Farming Scotland’s Seas’, states the industry has potential for this to increase to £3.6 billion and 18,000 jobs by 2030.

In the Highlands and Islands the sector is deemed crucial to rural economies. Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing says: “Scotland’s aquaculture industry is a real pillar of our rural economy, particularly for the Highlands and Islands, and this Government is committed to working with partners across the sector to support continued sustainable growth. Maximising the opportunities that innovation can bring will be central in delivering the industry’s vision for the future of aquaculture. That is why it’s pleasing to see this collaborative programme come to fruition, which will provide a boost for the sector and support job creation.”

Charlotte Wright, HIE’s interim chief executive, says: “We anticipate significant investment in the years ahead from aquaculture firms operating in the region. It is important that we use public sector funding to support innovation in a way that benefits the whole sector, including firms in the supply chain. In turn this will support the sector’s growth as well as strengthen resilience of rural communities, particularly those in some of our most remote and fragile areas.”

Heather Jones, SAIC CEO, adds: “Through our extensive engagement with companies large and small across the supply chain, it became clear that SMEs in the HIE region would benefit from, and openly welcome, support to innovate and grow. To see those early discussions result in this new pilot scheme is a truly landmark moment and shows just how much can be achieved when different players unite over a shared goal.”

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Dave Howorth Joins SCALA

Dave Howorth (pictured) is joining the SCALA Consulting team as an Executive Director. Dave Howarth was previously Supply Chain Director for General Mills UK, Ireland, Germany and Nordics, one of the top ten food manufacturers in the world, and was responsible for overseeing Logistics and Supply Chain Development in a multi-national, multi-temperature and multi-channel environment.  His work has included distribution network design, supply chain reengineering to reflect acquisition and divestiture, the implementation of an Integrated Business Management/S&OP process and the development of a customer engagement strategy. For a number of years previously Dave held the position of European Logistics Director within General Mills and was a member of the ECRUK Board.

“In joining SCALA my aim is to drive accelerated growth by bringing strategic insights and expertise to our clients that will provide deliverable value to them. Supply Chain is at an incredibly interesting point in time where it is not only a significant differentiator to business performance but it can also be a make or break to future success. I am really excited to be part of the SCALA team that will be guiding our current and future clients to Supply Chain and business success,” said Dave Howorth.

John Perry, SCALA Consulting’s Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to have Dave join our Team.  His experience in Europe and working as a senior director in an organisation as diverse as General Mills will be a great addition to SCALA’s capabilities.  In addition Dave’s wide experience with the ECR Board will enhance SCALA’s capabilities to really develop supply chain collaboration relationships between suppliers to retailers.  This is a difficult area but one with real opportunity for driving ‘end-to end’ supply chain improvements that involves companies working together rather than separately.  Dave will be heading up SCALA’s Grocery and FMCG Best Practice Forums including Supply Chain and Logistics Benchmarking to provide tangible benefits as well as offer our clients the latest in industry developments.

“I believe we have the top people in our Executive Board who complement my background in Logistics and Commercial Management consulting experience, Dave Howorth joins Keith Newton and Phil Reuben on the Executive Board. Keith has a strong emphasis on Supply Chain Customer Services as well as being the International Secretary General for CILT; and Phil, specialises in Sourcing and Procurement with years of experience in industry and working in the Far East.”

“Since SCALA was founded in 2001, we have achieved an excellent industry reputation for providing high quality Supply Chain and Logistics expertise. We are now not only expanding our offering to include Procurement but we are also expanding our sphere of influence, launching major projects across China, introducing a Supply Chain Best Practice Forum for major non-food retailers and enhancing our team at Executive Board and Senior Consultant levels.”

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How Provenance is Driving the British Food and Drink Sector

By Jennifer Sillars, Food & Drink Marketing Executive, Ideagen

The UK food and drink sector is an economic success. The sector encompasses producers, raw material suppliers, processing, manufacturing, packaging, retail – an integrated and complete supply chain. Within such a diverse industry there is lots of scope for innovation and growth.

Product provenance is one opportunity that your company could make use of.

In England, Wales and Scotland food and drinks companies are forecasting healthy growth over the next five years. Scottish companies forecast a 24% growth in turnover in this timescale (1); companies in England and Wales predict growth of 19% on average (2). Certainly, enough to sustain the title of ‘the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK’.

The growing use of provenance as a marketing scheme has the added benefit of driving up demand for services throughout the food and drink supply chain. Products ‘locally sourced’, ‘made by’ and ‘made in’ Britain touch a lot of companies within the supply chain.

Who will benefit from this growth?

Almost half of these companies expecting growth in Great Britain are planning to increase their market penetration within the UK as a major avenue for growth. But provenance continues to be a source of opportunity.

In Scotland it is the SMEs that have been capitalising on the reputation of the country’s produce – 91% already make use of provenance to drive up consumer demand (3). Companies in England and Wales have so far been less active on this score, although 86% of respondents do believe there is a reputation to capitalise on.

Packaging and labelling companies in particular will benefit from more manufacturers and retailers increasing their messaging around product provenance. It’s likely many products on the shelves would also fit the locally grown, sourced or made requirements. A new run of packing will be required to highlight this to the consumer perusing the supermarket shelves.

As competition increases, companies will need to experiment with different eye-catching packaging options.

Jennifer Sillars, Food & Drink Marketing Executive, Ideagen.

Beat the challenge of proving provenance

There is a challenge in proving provenance in a credible way. If you sign up to a certification programme there is evidence that must be supplied. Regardless of whether you join a scheme or not, visibility throughout the supply chain is required. This often proves an administrative burden that SMEs, in particular, struggle with.

After all, an opportunity is only lucrative while the costs don’t cancel out the profits.

Where there is an administrative pain there is a software solution that can ease that pain. Making use of a quality management system is a cost-effective way to demonstrate provenance; especially if this QMS allows suppliers to upload relevant tractability documents directly in to your system. That’s one tip to take away – small but significant.

I am interested in how the food and drink sector is performing globally and how you are tackling the provenance opportunity.

You can join me for a further conversation on LinkedIn by visiting the Food Quality and Safety Information Exchange.

Or you can download Ideagen’s food safety white paper, ‘A Guide to Managing Food Safety Successfully’.

References

1 Bank of Scotland Research Report 2016 – Food and Drink https://business.bankofscotland.co.uk/business-resource-centre/economic-and-market-insight/food-and-drink-report/  Last accessed 8/12/16 //

2 Lloyds Banking Group – Food & Drink Research Report 2016 http://www.lloydsbankinggroup.com/globalassets/documents/media/press-releases/lloyds-bank/2016/lb-food-and-drink-report-2016.pdf  Last accessed 8/12/16 //

3 Bank of Scotland Research Report 2016 – Food and Drink https://business.bankofscotland.co.uk/business-resource-centre/economic-and-market-insight/food-and-drink-report/  Last accessed 8/12/16

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Premier Foods Names CHEP ‘Supplier of the Year’

CHEP has been named Supplier of the Year at the 2016 Premier Foods Awards. CHEP was singled out for bringing a new approach to its way of working with Premier, delivering value added opportunities as well as environmental benefits.

Premier Procurement and Central Operations Director Mark Hughes, comments: “Having strong relationships with our suppliers is critical to helping us accelerate our growth. By developing strategic partnerships, we can increase sales in a sustainable and responsible way.”

CHEP UK’s Senior Commercial Manager Damian Coates, says: “Premier actively encourages their suppliers to bring innovative solutions that can work for both parties. This award is the result of a collaborative business plan between Premier and CHEP. The partnership will help Premier improve sustainability with the launch of a new service offer. Our CHEP team, led by Nicola Edmonds, the National Account Manager working with Premier, have delivered all projects on time, or ahead of time.”

Key to CHEP’s performance was the creation and implementation of a new service offer for Premier, with CHEP managing the delivery of pallets into Premier locations, making a significant impact on CO2. CHEP also instituted a transport collaboration with Premier, using Premier’s own fleet. Both initiatives helped to streamline and simplify Premier’s supply chain, cutting truck miles and CO2 emissions.

“Over the next couple of years, CHEP will be implementing another series of initiatives for Premier,” adds Damian Coates, “all innovative ideas to take CO2 out of the environment and improve supply chain efficiency. When it comes to creating a more sustainable supply chain, our two businesses share exactly the same objectives.”

Premier Foods is one of the UK’s largest food manufacturers, with household-name brands including Homepride, Paul Hollywood, Batchelors, Mr Kipling, OXO, Loyd Grossman, Cadbury’s Cakes and Bisto. It operates in 13 locations across the country, with around 4,000 employees.

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New Warehouse Offers Maximum Product Safety For Taiyo

Taiyo, a pioneer in the research and manufacture of functional ingredients for the food, beverage, medical food and pharmaceutical industries, has relocated its storage facility in Germany. The logistics company In Time, specialist in the import, storage and transport of food and food ingredients, provided the new warehouse near Hamburg. Taiyo’s customers will now benefit from a smoother supply process and faster, more flexible delivery to the EMEA region.

The new storage facility guarantees safe import and transport, proper storage and compliance with GMP regulations and HACCP standards. With fully air-conditioned halls that are subject to constant air quality tests, all year round, storage temperatures can be adjusted from 5–24 °C to accommodate specific ingredients and foodstuffs. Taiyo now benefits from a variety of storage rooms for both odorless and pungent products, thus ensuring maximum product purity.

Computer-assisted, real-time tracking of products during storage and transport makes it possible to query the stock and consignments at any time online, offering logistical advantages that meet individual customer requirements.

“The need for new storage facilities was driven primarily by our growing portfolio of organic raw materials. With In Time, we have found the ideal logistics partner for our product portfolio. This food-specific and organic-certified storage solution makes it possible to further improve our already high quality standards. With the online warehouse management system, we are able to view and manage our stock of ingredients and individual consignments at our company headquarters at any time,” says Dr Stefan Siebrecht, Managing Director of Taiyo.

Taiyo focuses on the development of innovative ingredients derived from natu­ral sources to support health. Since its foundation in 1946, Taiyo has established itself as a leader in the development and production of emulsi­fiers, stabilizers, egg and tea-based ingredients, and highly functional ingredients for the food and pharmaceutical industries. Today, Taiyo manufactures more than 2,000 food formulations, processed eggs, fruit preparations, fla­vorings, emulsifiers, stabilizers and functional ingredients at various manufacturing facilities around the world.

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Abbey Logistics Acquires Leading UK Liquid Food Transport Company

Abbey Logistics Group, one of the UK’s largest bulk food tanker businesses, has acquired the complete share capital of Armet Logistics, one of the leading bulk liquid food transport companies in the UK. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

This significant development follows an exciting 12 months for Abbey Logistics; the Liverpool based specialist logistics provider, has seen the company complete a management buyout in August 2016 backed by NorthEdge Capital, and the commencement of a number of large new contracts. Abbey has also brought several highly experienced industry professionals into the business, demonstrating its commitment to growth and the services it provides to its customers.

Founded in 2001, Armet Logistics has a large and modern liquid bulk road tanker fleet, together with a state of the art tank wash facility in Liverpool. Armet provide both fully managed logistics solutions and single ‘spot’ product movements to deliver a wide range of food grade liquid products throughout the UK.

Armet has successfully built a strong reputation in the food sector and operate on behalf of some of the UK’s largest food ingredients manufacturers to provide high quality, dependable and cost effective logistics services.

Armet Managing Director Charles Lucy will remain with the business as a Director and the Armet brand will be integrated into the Abbey brand following a period of familiarisation.

Steve Granite, Abbey Logistics Group CEO, says: “By combining our people, fleets, depot networks and services we will create the ability to deliver an unrivalled customer experience that is focused on compliance, flexibility and outstanding customer service.  The Armet acquisition is an important milestone in building Europe’s best bulk tanker business and I very much look forward to working with the combined teams to deliver just that.”

The combined businesses will generate an expected turnover in excess of £70 million in 2017/18 and employ circa 700 people in the UK with plans to grow to over £100 million in revenues by 2021, creating a further 300 jobs.

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Carlsberg Group Appoints New Executive Vice President For Supply Chain

Carlsberg Group has announced that Philip A. Hodges will join Carlsberg Group as EVP Supply Chain and member of the Group’s Executive Committee (ExCom) from 1 February 2017, replacing Peter Ernsting who left the company at the end of last year.

Philip A. Hodges brings extensive experience in supply chain and finance from various international positions. He last served as Senior Vice President for Integrated Supply Chain Europe at the global food and beverage company, Mondélez. Previously, Phil has held numerous senior executive and management roles in supply chain, general management, finance and strategy in various countries, amongst them the US, UK, Italy and Singapore.

Philip A. Hodges.

Carlsberg Group CEO, Cees ´t Hart says: “Philip A. Hodges brings a wealth of international experience from very senior supply chain roles at reputable, global companies, and I am sure he will add significant value and new insights to the Group.”

Philip A. Hodges says: “Carlsberg is a fantastic company with a rich heritage, iconic brands and strong potential. The Carlsberg people have been great and very welcoming. They have embarked on an important journey of integrating all Supply Chain functions into a truly End to End approach aimed at optimising performance. I look forward to joining the team and together taking that process to the next level.”

Phil holds a BSc in Management Science and Geology from Keele University (UK), and he started his professional career at Citigroup Investment Banking in 1987. He will be based in Ziegelbrücke, Switzerland.

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Nestlé Recognised as Climate Change Leader in Supply Chain

Nestlé has been recognised as a global leader in reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change across its supply chain. The international not-for-profit CDP has included Nestlé in its first supplier engagement leader board. CDP assessed actions to reduce emissions and lower climate-related risks in the supply chain in the past reporting year.

Nestlé is one of only 29 companies included out of a total of 3,300 assessed, putting it among just 1% awarded a place. The 29 companies are:

3M Company
AkzoNobel
Bank of America
Bic
BNY Mellon
Braskem S/A
Bridgestone Corporation
BT Group
Coca-Cola European Partners
Creative Group of Industries

Deutsche Telekom AG
EMC Corporation
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV
General Mills Inc.
General Motors Company
Hewlett-Packard
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.
Komatsu Ltd.
KPMG UK
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Nestlé
Panasonic Corporation
Royal Philips
Sky plc
Sony Corporation
Stora Enso Oyj
thyssenkrupp AG
Toshiba Corporation
Yokohama Rubber Company, Limited

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Oakland International Web Relaunch Champions Transformative Change

County Meath business, Oakland International, a sustainable family business held in high regard within the multi temperature supply chain arena, has relaunched their website and new corporate brand  championing their view of sustainable growth and transformative change.

Oakland International co-founder, Dean Attwell (pictured), comments: “Relaunching the website is the culmination of many months of planning, strategy review, and development, with the evolution of the brand and website reflecting our stance on environmental and organic change. Serving as a vehicle to increase awareness of our unique and innovation-driven identity, value offerings and corporate social commitment, Oakland has maintained growth, supported and invested in sustainable initiatives which in turn benefit customers and our network partners.”

Recognised in 2016 as a Top 100 Local Employer and ranked in the London Stock Exchange report as being in the Top 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain, Oakland International offers an expanding range of support services including tempering, co-packing, multi-temperature distribution, distress load management and brand development support from their UK and Ireland based facilities.

The new website offers enhanced functionality and additional features, information and content covering articles and industry information as well as details of Oakland’s value added UK and Ireland partner services, links to Oakland’s careers website and their registered children’s charity the Oakland Foundation to give visitors an overview of their community work with children within Redditch and Bromsgrove and the surrounding areas.

Dean adds: “Our new branding reflects our core values and key focus of adding value wherever possible for customers, our network partners and our community.”

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Danone Deepens Commitment to Circular Economy

Danone and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation have announced a partnership aimed at accelerating the global transition to a circular economy. For decades, conventional supply chains have been linear; taking, making and disposing of resources often to landfill. With the global population set to reach nine billion by 2050, access to quality food and water is becoming an increasing challenge.

Founded in 2010 by renowned yachtswoman, Dame Ellen MacArthur, the Foundation works to accelerate the transition to a circular economy, collaborating with businesses, government and academia to build a framework for an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design.

As the Foundation’s ninth Global Partner, Danone will embark on a three-year partnership to further embed circular economy principles both inside and outside Danone. It marks an important step in Danone’s quest to produce quality products that preserve natural resources cycles, while also enabling future growth for the business.

Through this partnership, Danone’s teams will access extensive education and training through the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to generate widespread understanding of the circular economy and drive behavioural change. The Foundation will advise and support Danone central and local teams in their effort to transition brands toward circular economy.

Danone will also become a Core Partner in the Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Initiative, leveraging cross-sector collaboration to re-think and re-design the future of plastics, starting with packaging. Danone’s participation in this initiative will contribute to the company’s efforts to co-build the circular economy of packaging by sourcing sustainable materials and creating a second life for all plastics, as outlined in the company’s Packaging Policy released in November last year.

Danone Executive Vice President of Strategic Resource Cycles, Pascal De Petrini, says: “At Danone we are committed to treasure every single drop of water or milk or every gram of plastic. Over the past years, we have been transforming our approach, and are convinced that systemic change is key to foster sustainable business growth and preserve natural resource cycles. Working with EMF will allow us to accelerate our shift to a more circular value chain while continuing to bring health through food to as many people as possible.”

Danone operates across four business lines: Fresh Dairy Products, Early Life Nutrition, Waters and Medical Nutrition. Present in over 130 markets, Danone generated sales of €22.4 billion in 2015, with more than half in emerging countries. Danone’s brand portfolio includes both international brands (Activia, Actimel, Danette, Danonino, Danio, evian, Volvic, Nutrilon/Aptamil, Nutricia) and local brands (Oikos, Prostokvashino, Aqua, Bonafont, Mizone, Blédina, Cow & Gate).

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EU Can, and Should, Do Better to Combat Food Waste

Although a number of EU policies have the potential to combat food waste, their potential is not being exploited, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. Action to date remains fragmented and intermittent, while coordination at European Commission level is lacking. The latest EU proposal for dealing with food waste, the creation of a platform, does not fully address the problems raised in their report, say the auditors.

Food waste is a global problem which requires action at all levels. Current estimates indicate that, globally, around one third of the food produced for human consumption is wasted or lost. This waste represents huge economic and environmental costs.

Progress to date has been hampered by the lack of a common definition of ‘food waste’, and the lack of an agreed baseline from which to target reductions. This is despite repeated calls from the European Parliament, the Council, the Committee of the Regions, the G20 and others for the EU to help reduce food waste.

“Our report to the Commission identified a number of missed opportunities and potential improvements which would not require new legislative initiatives or more public money,” says Bettina Jakobsen, the member of the European Court of Auditors responsible for the report. “But by focusing its efforts on establishing a platform, the Commission again misses an opportunity to deal effectively with the problem. What we need now is better alignment of existing policies, better coordination, and a clear policy objective to reduce food waste.”

The auditors’ report examined how current policies could be used more effectively, recommending that the Commission should:

* strengthen the EU strategy to combat food waste and coordinate it better, with an action plan for the years ahead and a clear definition of food waste;

* consider food waste in future impact assessments, and better align the different policies which can combat food waste;

* identify and resolve legal obstacles to food donation, encourage the further use of existing donation possibilities and consider how to encourage donation in other policy areas.

However, Mrs Jakobsen warns that the new Platform does not contribute significantly to food waste strategy, and that there was still no single, clear definition of food waste. “Our recommendations on how to develop future policy have either been ignored or only partially accepted, while the draft guidelines just pass the problem on to the Member States,” she adds.

In their report, the auditors examined EU action taken so far to reduce food waste and how the various policy instruments work. They found that the EU had not contributed to a resource efficient food supply chain by combating food waste effectively.

Food waste is a problem along the entire food supply chain, say the auditors, and action should be targeted all along the chain. The emphasis should be put on prevention, as the benefits of avoiding waste outweigh the cost of dealing with it later.

The auditors found that there had been a notable lack of assessment of the impact of EU policies on the fight against food waste. Major policy areas such as agriculture, fisheries and food safety all have a role to play and could be used to combat food waste better.

Special Report No 34/2016: ‘Combating food waste: an opportunity for the EU to improve the resource-efficiency of the food supply chain’ is available in 23 EU languages.

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Oakland International Ireland Retains Global BRC Standard

Supply chain distribution specialist Oakland International has retained British Retailers Consortium’s (BRC) quality audit for storage and distribution for their Ireland facility located in Ashbourne, Co. Meath.

Oakland’s General Manager in Ireland, Richard Hill (pictured), comments: “Retaining BRC approval is fantastic news for the business and for our customers, with BRC accreditation providing assured acknowledgement that Oakland is a highly rated supply chain partner.”

Passing with flying colours, the clean audit followed a rigorous daylong assessment of environmental standards, operating systems, traceability, layout and product flow also incorporates handling requirements of specified materials which offers a bench mark for best practice within the storage and distribution industry. Oakland’s proactive methods facilitate continuous improvement in all systems and processes through the use of custom-made management systems to provide customer confidence that all products stored and distributed through Oakland International retain their inherent quality.

As well as reflecting the standard’s best practise, Oakland’s BRC accreditation demonstrates consistency and care in the supply chain operation which encompasses order picking and packing, a key factor in the firm’s popularity as an Irish supply chain operator of choice.

Oakland’s Quality Assurance Manager, Louise Smith, comments: “We are all delighted particularly as the audit provided us with such positive feedback. Our team’s dedication ensures attention to detail and flexibility of service offer is maintained throughout, delivering positive results time after time.”

Oakland’s customers using both UK and Ireland depots enjoy a seamless, fully controlled quality standard which suppliers and their retail and wholesale customers have confidence in that the highest standards of quality safety and legality are continually being followed.

Known for innovation, Oakland’s Ireland and the UK supply chain management solution offers an expanding range of support services including tempering, co-packing, multi-temperature distribution, distressed load management and brand development support.

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A Winning Year as 2016 Bears Great Accolades For Culina Group

2016 has been a winning year for the Culina Group,  food and drink logistics specialist, and was recently rounded off at the 20th Anniversary Annual Supply Chain Excellence Awards. At the glittering London ceremony attended by supply chain leaders from right across Europe, Culina Group, alongside General Mills and Peel Ports won the ‘Team of the Year’ Award for fantastic collaboration and teamwork in relation to the ground-breaking Port Salford tri-modal logistics facility.

Over the course of 2016 Culina Group have been awarded a fantastic nine industry awards recognising high quality performance right across the business, including:

  • ‘Warehouse Operations’ Award – 2016 CILT Annual Awards
  • ‘Best New Facility’ Award – 2016 SHD Logistics Awards
  • ‘Environmental & Sustainability’ Award – 2016 Temperature Controlled Storage & Distribution Awards
  • ‘Virtuous Circle Award’ – 2016 Nestle Supplier Awards for group company IPS
  • ‘Safety First Award’ – 2016 Nestle Supplier Awards for group company Great Bear
  • ‘Warehouse Operations Award’ – 2016 CILT North West Annual Awards
  • The Microlise ‘Driver of the Year 2016’ Award presented to Georgio Lecarna from Culina Hoddesdon by Princess Anne. Georgio also won the Microlise ‘Short Distance Driver of the Year’ Award
  • The ‘Team of the Year’ Award – 20th Anniversary Supply Chain Excellence Awards.

“We are always trying to get closer to our customers and meet their needs more efficiently,” said Culina Group CEO Thomas Van Mourik. “We are on a constant journey to improve performance in all aspects of our business. Qualitatively in the way that we treat people and work with our partner colleagues. Quantitatively in the leading edge operational resource and infrastructure improvements that are an on-going component of our business plan. Our aim at Culina is to be the best in every aspect of our business and to be recognised by the industry is fantastic”

It’s clear that 2016 is going to be remembered as a landmark year of spectacular growth and success with the acquisition of Great Bear and the opening of Port Salford. The momentum for Culina Group is expected to continue in to 2017 and beyond.

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European Milk Package Strengthens Dairy Producers’ Position in the Supply Chain

The European Commission has published the second report on the operation of the so-called Milk Package, a series of measures launched in 2012 to strengthen the position of European dairy producers in the supply chain. The report shows that after three years of implementation, European farmers are increasingly using the tools provided by the Milk Package, such as collective negotiation of contract terms via producer organisations, or the use of written contracts. The measure allowing collective negotiation is designed to reinforce the bargaining power of milk producers, whilst written contracts offer better transparency and traceability to farmers.

The report was initially due to be delivered in 2018, but in light of the continuing difficulties in the dairy sector, EU Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan decided to fast-track the report to the end of 2016. This commitment was part of the series of solidarity packages for the dairy sector announced and implemented during the past year.

Phil Hogan says: “The report shows that there are measures that we can take at EU level to secure a better position for dairy farmers in the supply chain. Following on from the Agricultural Markets Task Force report last week, I see this report as further evidence for policy action, in the context of the 2017 Commission Work Programme.”

The report also examines further possibilities for dairy farmers. For example, it highlights the potential of two key instruments of the Milk Package – Producer Organisations (POs) and collective negotiations – which are not yet fully exploited by Member States, producers’ and farmers’ organisations, and outlines various ways of making these more effective both at EU and Member State level.

Member States are, in particular, encouraged to take the necessary steps to foster the creation of producer organisations with collective actions that go beyond collective bargaining, thus enhancing producers’ weight in the milk supply chain. In addition to these recommendations, consideration should be given to expand the role of Inter-Branch Organisations (IBOs).

For the full potential of the Milk Package’s possibilities to materialise, the report concludes that an extension of its application beyond 2020 should be considered.

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New Finance Director Appointed at Matcon

Matcon, the specialist in IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container) Systems, has announced that Israr Ghulam has joined the company as Finance Director. Israr succeeds Stephen Ball who, as previously announced, was appointed to the position of Managing Director at Matcon in January 2016.

Israr will manage his duties alongside his other position as Finance and Site Director of Gast Europe (based in Redditch), which is also part of the IDEX Corporation.

An experienced finance professional, Israr has extensive corporate experience and joined IDEX in November 2014, having previously worked as Finance Director for Eaton, a Power Management Solutions provider.  This role involved the overseeing of Finance functions across two manufacturing sites, one in the West Midlands and another in France. Prior to this, Israr held a finance position at Mettler-Toledo, a respected supplier of Matcon.

Israr will be responsible for all elements of the finance function for Matcon and will ensure that Matcon’s finance team evolves in tandem with its business growth initiatives.

Commenting on his appointment, Israr said “Joining the Matcon team is an exciting challenge and I am looking forward to working with the wider team as well as combining this role with my existing position at GAST.”

Headquartered at Evesham in the UK, Matcon specialise in providing IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container) Systems for handling and processing powders, granules, tablets and capsules. The company’s unique Cone Valve technology has a world-wide reputation built on 35 years of experience across the food, pharmaceutical and chemical sectors.

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Egemin to Build Third Automated High-bay Warehouse For Agristo

Belgian pre-fried and frozen potato products manufacturer Agristo is teaming up with Egemin Automation for the third time in a row for the construction of a new, fully automated high-bay deepfreeze warehouse. The new warehouse will be built in Wielsbeke (90 km West of Brussels) on a 25-hectare lot. Alongside the storage facilities, Agristo is also erecting new production buildings and green zones. The investment needs to support extra production capacity, further improve Agristo’s quality insurance and expand the company’s storage capacity.

Work started on the new site at the beginning of September. The warehouse will be nearly 45 metres high, and with 15 storage levels it will accommodate 50,000 pallets, or 35,000 tons of frozen fries. The warehouse is due to go into operation in autumn 2017. Agristo already has two Egemin high-bay warehouses in use, in Tilburg (2012) and Nazareth (2015).

agristotilburgegemincompressedEgemin is handling the complete intralogistics infrastructure and the automation of the warehouse operations. It is providing the warehouse racks for the clad rack structure, as well as the pallet stacker cranes, the conveyor system and pallet lifts that connect production and shipping with the high-bay warehouse. Agristo will use Egemin’s E’wms software for automatic control and management of its new warehouse and all transport systems.

“Automation means that it is easier for Agristo to guarantee the quality of its products,” says Marcel Spruijt, Sales Manager at Egemin. “The cold chain is never interrupted even for a moment. The pallet conveyor system automatically conveys the frozen fries from production to the high-bay warehouse. In addition, fewer actions are needed to move products to the warehouse, which reduces the risk of damage to the pallets and packaging.”

agristonazarethcompressedThe high-performance warehouse concept has a double outfeed conveyor system on two levels. This means that Agristo can handle large buffers very quickly making it possible to load trucks from the warehouse in barely 15-20 minutes.

Green Technology

The clad rack structure of the deepfreeze warehouse is designed to use energy sustainably. “The production and storage of frozen fries takes a lot of energy,” says Carmen Wallays, Procurement & Logistics Director at Agristo. “When designing this new project with Egemin, we therefore paid a lot of attention to efficiency, sustainability and the environment.”

As a result, the roof and wall insulation is thicker than the standard for deepfreeze warehouses. The pallet stacker cranes have an internal energy recovery system.The system collects the energy released during lowering and braking operations of the cranes and feeds the energy back into the power grid. In this way, the cranes save up to 20% energy, less heat is released into the warehouse and less cooling is required.

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Jungheinrich Expands Portfolio to Include SAP EWM Solutions

An ever growing number of companies are relying on SAP standard software to manage their processes along the entire logistics chain. In response to increased customer demand for manual and automatic warehouse management solutions that run under SAP, Jungheinrich has incorporated SAP EWM into its logistics system solutions. As part of the SAP Supply Chain Management system (SAP SCM), SAP EWM provides comprehensive process support for any type of warehouse.

Jungheinrich has thus decided in favour of an even stronger partnership with SAP, and can now completely connect its customers’ warehouse processes and technology – even in the most complex cases – within the context of SAP EWM. This is in addition to its proprietary Warehouse Management System, which already interfaces with SAP. This expanded IT expertise puts Jungheinrich in a position to provide the ideal warehouse technology and IT solutions for any type of warehouse – regardless of the size or degree of automation. Jungheinrich’s many years of experience and comprehensive expertise in planning, implementing and servicing logistics systems make it a one-stop shop for holistic, coordinated service packages.

“By taking SAP EWM into our portfolio of Warehouse Management solutions, Jungheinrich now offers its customers an even more flexible, adaptable solution for their logistics processes, especially for those customers who are committed to a 100% SAP IT strategy,” comments Dr Markus Heinecker, Managing Director of Jungheinrich Systemlösungen GmbH.

This certification represents a widening of Jungheinrich’s already outstanding process and implementation competence to encompass the SAP EWM logistics solution. The customer thus benefits from consistent support in the introduction of SAP EWM, from the initial planning stages and implementation right through to after-sales service from Jungheinrich.

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By expanding its portfolio and extending its SAP expertise to encompass SAP EWM, Jungheinrich has further extended its range of tailored solutions for effective, integrated logistics processes.

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The True Cost of Wrapping Your Pallets

In recent weeks there has been some debate on the pros and cons of the cost of wrapping pallets from the point of view of just paying a cost per pallet rental type scheme, which seems to be anything from 70p to £2 per pallet, versus 34p to 48p when owning your own pallet stretch wrapper either by buying the machine outright of purchasing it with the help of a finance house. Owning your own machine of course allows you to purchase the film from existing suppliers competitively.

Paddy McCartney, National Sales Manager of Aetna UK Ltd, and Becky Goy of First County Finance, who have worked with Aetna clients for many years, have made the following observations on the subject.

Paddy comments: “In some ways the idea of simply paying a cost of 70p a pallet seems a reasonable however the more pallets you wrap the more it costs you. A part pallet and a film break during a cycle will also count as a pallet wrapped at 70p.

* 50 pallets/day is 12,000 pallets/year and the cost would be £8,400.00/year.

* 125 pallets/day is 30,000 pallets/year and the cost would be £21,000/year.

AetnaAugust2016“You are however locked in to a contract, if your business grows then the fixed cost of rental can become a real burden for your business. Most financial commentators are saying that the UK economy is now on the turn after four long years of relative hardship, so to put yourself into a position of stifling growth could end up being a double whammy on your business.”

Paddy continues: “I would like to outline some observations on the above.”

Costings

“For a customer wrapping 50 pallets a day this amounts to 12,000 pallets per year. If a customer takes a 3-year lease purchase with an Aetna 3 year parts warranty, this will cost £224.69 a month. The machine amortised on an annual rate of 12,000 pallets would then cost 22.5p per pallet with film costs of under 25p per pallet, a total cost is 47.5p per pallet.”

* 12,000 pallets/year = £5,700.00.

“If the customer was producing 125 pallets a day, 30,000 per year, the same machine cost would reduce to 9p per pallet and even if you kept the film cost the same this would bring the cost down to 34p per pallet.

* 30,000 pallets/year = £10,200.00.

“At the end of the lease you own the pallet wrapper. Of course this means that no further payments are made for the machinery and the cost per pallet falls to under 25p/pallet.

“As you can see from the above examples continually paying a fixed fee of 70p per pallet can be very costly. Over the short term it may seem convenient but by making the comparison with leasing a machine and arranging your own supply of film the ‘pay per pallet scheme’ is very detrimental to cash flow and budgets.

“Furthermore, the long term costs of paying per pallet show that customer’s could actually end up paying for the machinery several times over.”

Becky Goy continues: “The computations clearly show the lease purchase option is of real benefit to any user, giving complete control over where you buy the film, and after sales and service support of a company that has to-date produced 130,000 machines. We have worked closely with Aetna UK helping customers with Lease options, and it is by far the most cost effective solution for any business now and in the future.”

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SSI SCHAEFER – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

The SSI Schaefer Group is the world’s leading provider of modular warehousing and logistics solutions. It employs over 8,500 people at its group headquarters in Neunkirchen, Germany, at its domestic and international production sites, and at its 60 foreign subsidiaries, which includes the United Kingdom. Across six continents, SSI Schaefer develops and implements innovative industry-specific answers to its customers’ unique challenges. As a result, it plays a key role in shaping the future of intralogistics.

SSI Schaefer designs, develops and manufactures systems for warehouses, industrial plants, workshops and offices. Its portfolio includes manual and automated solutions for warehousing, conveying, picking and sorting, plus technologies for waste management and recycling. In addition, SSI Schaefer is now a leading provider of modular, regularly updated software for in-house material flows. Its IT team, with a headcount in excess of 900, develops high-performance applications, and provides customers with in-depth advice on the intelligent combination of software with intralogistics equipment. SSI Schaefer’s broad IT offering, including its own WAMAS® and SAP products, delivers seamless support for all warehouse and material flow management processes. Solutions from SSI Schaefer improve the productivity and efficiency of customer organisations – not least through the highly precise monitoring, visualisation and analysis of operational metrics for proactive intralogistics management.

SSI Schaefer offers highly sophisticated, turnkey systems. As an international player, it can deliver one-stop solutions to all four corners of the earth. Its comprehensive portfolio encompasses design, planning, consulting, and customer-specific aftersales services and maintenance.

The company’s enhanced stand presence at the IMHX will reflect the breadth and depth of its experience, showcasing a broad spectrum of products and solutions within the sphere of intralogistics. Live demonstrations of two new products – the fully updated 2016 LogiMat SLL vertical lift storage system and the innovative, new, IFOY Award-winning Weasel Automated Guided Vehicle – will be continually running, while up-to-date case studies and material covering IT and Customer Services and Support systems will also be available.

IMHX is the largest meeting place for the UK’s logistics industry. Next month over 20,000 logistics and supply chain professionals will gather to evaluate cutting edge technologies, explore the latest industry solutions and discuss how to increase efficiencies within supply chain operations.

IMHX 2016 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 13th-16th September. Demand for stand space has been exceptional and IMHX 2016 will be the biggest and most comprehensive in the show’s history with over 400 exhibitors!

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Woodland Group Expands into the Food and Beverage Industry

Woodland Group, the independent global freight forwarding and supply chain specialist, is expanding into the food and beverage logistics industry in Ireland. Ireland is leading the way in Europe as the largest net exporter of dairy ingredients, beef and lamb in Europe with Ireland exporting €10.5 billion worth of drink and beverage goods in 2015 to 120 countries.

The manufacture of food and drink products is Ireland’s most important indigenous industry with a turnover approaching €24 billion, which explains why it is such an important area for Woodland Group, says Kevin Brady, Managing Director Woodland Group Ireland.

“Ireland’s continued growth in the food and beverage sector is evident in the increasing export volumes. As global markets present themselves, there is a growing need for competent logistic solutions that can enhance established trade routes and help penetrate emerging markets. Woodland Group is well poised to fulfill this need with a strong, flexible global network that has the skilled workforce to support our customers fully. Our core values focus heavily on product knowledge, service and operational excellence,” he points out. “Our increasing investment into the food and beverage sector marks an exciting new chapter for the Woodland Group and believe our renowned tailor made solutions will offer clear and meaningful benefits to those involved in the industry.”

Established by Kevin Stevens in 1988, Woodland Group is an independent global freight forwarding and supply chain specialist that provides a full catalogue of logistic options including ocean freight, airfreight, European distribution, value added services, contract logistics, UK distribution, warehousing, fulfilment, 3PL, supply chain management, reverse logistics and Customs consultancy.

Woodland employs more than 550 staff, based strategically around the world, with the technical expertise and depth of industry knowledge to deliver solutions tailor-made for clients. With a turnover of more than £125 milliion, the Woodland Group is one of the largest independent operators of freight forwarding and logistics services in the UK.

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Woodland Group, the independent global freight forwarding and supply chain specialists, were joined by England football legend Kevin Keegan to announce its expansion into the food and beverage logistics industry. Pictured (left to right): Kevin Keegan with Managing Director UK, Woodland Logistics  Sean Kirby and Managing Director Ireland, Woodland Group.

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The Automated Technology Group – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

The Automated Technology Group are a leading global supplier of control and power solutions for industrial automation. Now part of Wood Group, we deliver complex projects with a proven blend of creativity, confidence and control. Through the design, installation and support of dynamic solutions for power, automation and process control, we drive the production lines, supply chains and service delivery of many leading companies.

The Automated Technology Group has a wealth of experience in the delivery of the complete project life cycle – from initial workshops through to system handover – for projects ranging from simple, small-scale systems to large and complex multi-platform solutions. With helpful pre-sales support, meticulous project management and comprehensive after-sales service, you are in safe hands.

IMHX is the largest meeting place for the UK’s logistics industry. Next month over 20,000 logistics and supply chain professionals will gather to evaluate cutting edge technologies, explore the latest industry solutions and discuss how to increase efficiencies within supply chain operations.

IMHX 2016 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 13th-16th September. Demand for stand space has been exceptional and IMHX 2016 will be the biggest and most comprehensive in the show’s history with over 400 exhibitors!

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Doosan – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK is part of the $21bn global Doosan Corporation. We supply innovative, reliable forklift trucks with simple, powerful performance.
Our UK presence was established in 1994, firstly in Hinckley, before we moved, via Crick, to Northampton. Initially Daewoo forklifts were sold in the UK through Lex Harvey, the lift truck distributor.

After Finning bought Lex Harvey, we parted company with them and started our own operation (Euro Daewoo UK Ltd), making Daewoo trucks for sale here through our own dealer network.
We are perhaps best known for are our 2.5 tonne gas and diesel range in the UK (which account for around half of our UK truck sales).
Our UK range covers over 100 models in total, spanning 1.3-16 tonnes, electric, gas and diesel.
The UK is not only one of our largest export market outside of the US, it is also strategically important for sales in Europe (where we also have a base in Frameries, Belgium).
We have 58% of the domestic forklifts market in Korea, but 65% of our total forklift production is exported, to over 90 countries, and 40% comes to Europe.

IMHX is the largest meeting place for the UK’s logistics industry. Next month over 20,000 logistics and supply chain professionals will gather to evaluate cutting edge technologies, explore the latest industry solutions and discuss how to increase efficiencies within supply chain operations.

IMHX 2016 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 13th-16th September. Demand for stand space has been exceptional and IMHX 2016 will be the biggest and most comprehensive in the show’s history with over 400 exhibitors!

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Hörmann UK – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

In the market for construction components, more and more gates, doors, frames and operators carry the Hörmann name, making Hörmann Europe’s leading provider of such products. This leadership of the family company has been attained through decades of continuous growth as a result of innovation, ensured quality and proximity to the customer.

Today, the Hörmann Group is run by the third and fourth generation, i.e. the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of company founder August Hörmann. Thomas J. Hörmann, Martin J. Hörmann, and Christoph Hörmann are the personally liable general partners. Hörmann (UK) Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hörmann KG.

First established in 1979 from a small industrial unit in Leicester. Hörmann UK’s continual growth meant that in 1993 we moved to new premises at Whetstone in Leicester. In 2000, due to increased growth, we moved into purpose built offices at our current location in Coalville, Leicestershire, giving us a footprint of 8000 square metres. In 2006 we built on remaining land, adding a further 3800 square metres of assembly/warehouse space and 200 square metres of office space. Providing a total building footprint of 12,000 square metres.

IMHX is the largest meeting place for the UK’s logistics industry. Next month over 20,000 logistics and supply chain professionals will gather to evaluate cutting edge technologies, explore the latest industry solutions and discuss how to increase efficiencies within supply chain operations.

IMHX 2016 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 13th-16th September. Demand for stand space has been exceptional and IMHX 2016 will be the biggest and most comprehensive in the show’s history with over 400 exhibitors!

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Snapfulfil – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

Snapfulfil specialises in Warehouse Management Systems to make you more efficient

From fast-growing e-commerce start-ups to multi-national corporations, more and more companies are turning to Snapfulfil to optimise inventory, space and resources within their warehouses. Brought to you by Synergy Logistics, Snapfulfil delivers class-leading warehouse management solutions to customers in a range of industries including B2C and B2B retail, third party logistics, manufacturing, food and beverage and electronics and electrical.

Synergy is currently one of only 12 companies in the world to be positioned in the Gartner® Magic Quadrant for Warehouse Management Systems which recognises our completeness of vision and ability to execute. Click here to read more.

Offering a range of deployment methods and payment options, including our unique No Capex model, whatever your warehousing challenge, Snapfulfil has a solution.

IMHX is the largest meeting place for the UK’s logistics industry. Next month over 20,000 logistics and supply chain professionals will gather to evaluate cutting edge technologies, explore the latest industry solutions and discuss how to increase efficiencies within supply chain operations.

IMHX 2016 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 13th-16th September. Demand for stand space has been exceptional and IMHX 2016 will be the biggest and most comprehensive in the show’s history with over 400 exhibitors!

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Westbrook Industrial Limited – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

ASG Services – Labelling and Safety Solutions
At ASG Services we have gained an excellent reputation for providing the most appropriate labelling and safety products to meet the specific requirements of our customers.
By providing a range of products in each of our specialist fields, we are able to provide the optimum solution for every client from one source. From our beginning nearly twenty years ago, we have been constantly developing our products and services.

Warehouse Partners – Labelling and Safety Solutions
Warehouse Partners is a unique company that provides non-core products and services direct to manufacturers and suppliers of MHE and storage solutions.
Our focus is on providing top quality products and service to make our business partners more efficient and therefore profitable – while gaining and keeping the all-important competitive edge.

At Warehouse Partners, we have gained an excellent reputation for providing the most appropriate labelling and safety products to meet the specific requirements of our customers. By supplying a range of products in each of our specialist fields, we are able to provide the optimum solution for every client from one source. From our beginning over five years ago, we have been constantly developing our solutions.

We offer a single source for products and services that reduces time and costs. By bringing together a range of products we are able to offer excellent service levels combined with the integrity that comes with a non-direct sales organisation.

IMHX is the largest meeting place for the UK’s logistics industry. Next month over 20,000 logistics and supply chain professionals will gather to evaluate cutting edge technologies, explore the latest industry solutions and discuss how to increase efficiencies within supply chain operations.

IMHX 2016 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 13th-16th September. Demand for stand space has been exceptional and IMHX 2016 will be the biggest and most comprehensive in the show’s history with over 400 exhibitors!

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BCP Software – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

Founded in 1979, Business Computer Projects Ltd is a leading UK systems house specialising in Supply Chain Software to help clients manage their businesses more effectively. Our solutions cover everything in retail and wholesale distribution from WMS to in-store web based EPoS and incorporate the latest technologies so our customers can compete successfully in today’s fast paced omni-channel market place where the internet, cloud and mobile are becoming increasingly important.

Committed to providing a professional, yet personal, service, our success is built on solid foundations of expertise in the computer industry, together with an in depth knowledge and understanding of the needs of our chosen markets. This powerful combination allows us to deliver cost effective, fully scalable solutions that provide real business benefits, offer an excellent return on investment and are configured to each customer’s specific needs.

We have an experienced team of some 80 consultants, analysts, developers and support specialists and a strong, stable and growing client portfolio. This reflects our commitment to developing close working relationships with our clients to ensure they gain maximum business leverage from their IT systems and that these systems evolve in line with both their changing business and market requirements and emerging technologies.

IMHX is the largest meeting place for the UK’s logistics industry. Next month over 20,000 logistics and supply chain professionals will gather to evaluate cutting edge technologies, explore the latest industry solutions and discuss how to increase efficiencies within supply chain operations.

IMHX 2016 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 13th-16th September. Demand for stand space has been exceptional and IMHX 2016 will be the biggest and most comprehensive in the show’s history with over 400 exhibitors!

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Conveyor Systems Ltd – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

Conveyor Systems Ltd offer an array of engineering expertise and a wealth of experience in materials handling solutions however complex, tailored to suit customer’s individual requirements in a wide range of industries.

At CSL we have a comprehensive range of conveyor equipment to provide complete automated turnkey materials handling systems, including design, installation and commissioning conveyors with integrated controls and software. We also incorporate full project management to co-ordinate our mechanical and electrical conveyor installation teams in-line with the customers overall project program.

CSL offer simple, high quality modular conveyors to integrate and interface with other OEM machinery such as packaging and label application machines, wrappers, palletisers and other associated equipment. This is often coupled with state of the art PLC/Computer based systems to integrate the operation whilst providing management data for traceability/logistics etc.

IMHX is the largest meeting place for the UK’s logistics industry. Next month over 20,000 logistics and supply chain professionals will gather to evaluate cutting edge technologies, explore the latest industry solutions and discuss how to increase efficiencies within supply chain operations.

IMHX 2016 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 13th-16th September. Demand for stand space has been exceptional and IMHX 2016 will be the biggest and most comprehensive in the show’s history with over 400 exhibitors!

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Gideon Hillman Consulting – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

Gideon Hillman Consulting, established in 2004, is one of the UKs leading Supply Chain and Logistics Consultancies servicing it’s clients throughout the UK and Europe. It is an ISO 9001:2008 registered company, a recognised member practice of the Institute of Consulting and a corporate member of UKWA (United Kingdom Warehousing Association).

IMHX is the largest meeting place for the UK’s logistics industry. Next month over 20,000 logistics and supply chain professionals will gather to evaluate cutting edge technologies, explore the latest industry solutions and discuss how to increase efficiencies within supply chain operations.

IMHX 2016 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 13th-16th September. Demand for stand space has been exceptional and IMHX 2016 will be the biggest and most comprehensive in the show’s history with over 400 exhibitors!

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A Busy Year Ahead For AGRO Merchants Group

AGRO Merchants Group was established with one goal in mind: to build a strong worldwide network of family-owned cold storage and logistics companies and with their experience and capabilities provide world-class solutions to their clients. All of AGRO’s companies have a long history of success behind them and AGRO helps them build on the amazing potential they have, at the same time as helping their customers grow.

Global Cold Chain Network

AGRO Merchants Group was founded in 2013 and has since built a presence in 8 countries worldwide – UK & Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain, Austria, the USA, Brazil and Chile, with more locations coming soon. AGRO is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop infrastructure that improves the cold chain. Operating more than 750,000 sq. meters of refrigerated and dry warehouses, AGRO has become one of the top players in the world.

AGRO’s state of the art facilities provide cold chain management integrity and accurate temperature control for all major food commodities including beef, pork, poultry, seafood, bakery products, fruits and vegetables. AGRO is certified across a variety of international product handling and governmental standards. In Lough Egish, Ireland, they operate the first and only 3rd party packing line approved by the local authorities.

Sawyers2August2016The Full Package

When producers decide to pack and store their produce locally in any of the facilities of the network, AGRO can help them save immense costs for logistics.  Some of the packing line services include product quality inspection & testing, pre-portioning, metal detection, UV treatment, re-packing & bagging, store-ready labelling and coding.

First Class Integrated Services

AGRO’s focus on integrated and value-added services makes the company stand out the most. Quality inspections, tray washing, import and export management, cross-docking, order picking, blast freezing or product tempering are just some of the services AGRO can offer their customers and since having acquired the Northern-Ireland based Sawyers Transport, refrigerated and ambient transport are part of the comprehensive services in the UK, Ireland and Europe. AGRO is always open for innovation and dialogue with their clients so that they can tailor the services based on each individual customer’s needs. AGRO work very closely with existing and potential partners to determine how they can influence and improve opportunities for trade and create global trade flows rather than just follow them.

AGRO Merchants invest in strategic port-proximate locations, which enables them to serve ports, distribution hubs, and production locations via ship, rail, truck, and air – providing comprehensive “one-stop” services and support from booking to final destination delivery.

AGRO’s Growing Further

There are several projects on the way and to be finalised this year, as AGRO keeps adding to its capacities and developing their capabilities to support them in their ambitious plan for growth.

A massive expansion in the port of Algeciras in Spain, which will increase the current facility’s capacity by five times, will be finalised in August 2016. Algeciras is optimally positioned, being the first Mediterranean port of call for most ocean services from South America, Asia and other regions.

Sawyers3August2016Construction works are also on the way in Maasvlakte – Rotterdam, where AGRO is building the first European greenfield. The facility of the capacity of 18,000 pallet spaces is expected to be operational in December 2016. Environmental sustainability is one of the key elements of AGRO’s business strategy and the new warehouse was designed based on the latest standards to be environmentally friendly and energy-efficient.

Another expansion project is on the way in Rotterdam, which will add 5.500 pallet spaces and 13 additional loading bays to the fresh produce-focused ADB Cool Company, a proud member of AGRO Merchants Group since 2015.

AGRO has many more exciting projects coming up over the next few years, as they are not only strengthening their presence in Europe, U.S. and Latin America, but exploring new opportunities in Asia Pacific and Africa.

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Key Retailers and Brands Form the Retail Grocery Advisory Board

GS1 UK, the supply chain standards organisation, has facilitated the formation of the Retail Grocery Advisory Board with the objective of providing industry-wide solutions that will offer a better customer experience while delivering efficiencies throughout the supply chain. The Advisory Board includes members who represent almost 80% of the UK retail grocery market.

Members of the Advisory Board are ASDA, Boots, Coca Cola Enterprises, Co-op Group, Dairy Crest, Kellogg’s, Mondelēz International, Morrison’s, Müller UK & Ireland, Nestlé, Ocado, PepsiCo, P&G, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Unilever and Waitrose. They are committed to identifying areas where they can work collaboratively to address some of the challenges and pain points that the retail grocery sector faces today – such as changing shopper habits due to the rise of online and mobile shopping. They are focusing on how to unlock value in the end-to-end value chain that will ultimately deliver benefits both for the industry and the customer.

The Advisory Board is co-chaired by George Wright, Commercial Director for Strategy & Operations at Tesco Plc and Richard Sadler, Customer Director at Unilever UK & Ireland.

“I’m pleased to be part of the new Retail Grocery Advisory Board and I look forward to working with other retailers and brands to better understand and deal with the industry-wide issues we’re all facing today,” says George Wright. “Retail today is hugely complex and competitive, but our aim is to work together to find solutions that will bring greater efficiencies to the industry and also inspire the rest of the industry to collaborate further.”

Initially, the Advisory Board will focus on two projects – Digital DNA and Perfect Order:

* Digital DNA will address the industry-wide issue of data quality, with the aim to improve the customer experience in this increasingly digital age. In the last five years alone, industry analysis has shown that there is a £2 billion opportunity by improving data in the value chain to support product availability and sales.

* Perfect Order will focus on the order-to-cash process, establishing industry-wide harmonised processes for inbound logistics to drive efficiencies while removing avoidable costs.

Gary Lynch, CEO at GS1 UK, comments: “At GS1 UK, we’re proud to bring together so many retailers and brands from the retail grocery sector. This shows that industry collaboration in the right areas is more important than ever before. As an independent and neutral membership organisation, we’re able to facilitate and enable this collaboration to provide a strong foundation for effective retail operations.”

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Opel Ireland to Redistribute Over €3,000,000 Worth of Food

Opel Ireland has pledge its commitment to help drive social change as it joins the award winning FoodCloud in Ireland. Through the provision of seven custom specified Opel vans, this partnership is set to deliver the equivalent of 2.3 million meals to over 250 charities in the next 12 months alone.

This announcement comes as recent reports reveal that one in eight people in Ireland are living in food poverty, yet one million tonnes of food is still wasted each year. Gillian Whittall, Head of Marketing and PR for Opel Ireland, says: “We have been following FoodCloud over the past few years so I’m thrilled that we’re in a position to make such a significant investment to the movement. As the team’s transport partner, we hope to occupy the missing piece in the puzzle, by providing the vital equipment needed to redistribute larger volumes of food to hard working charities in local communities right across the country.”

FoodCloud Co-Founder Aoibheann O’Brien says: “We are delighted to have Opel as a partner in supporting us to achieve a vision for an Ireland where no good food goes to waste. These vehicles are essential for the efficient and reliable redistribution of surplus food through our three depots in Cork, Dublin and Galway. As a result of our Opel fleet, over 1000 tonnes of perfectly good food that would have been wasted is now being distributed to people who need it in communities across Ireland.”

With a 12-tonne vehicle capacity, the two capacious Opel Combo and five Opel Movano crew vans have also been refrigerated by TSS Ltd and will be controlled by the dedicated network of FoodCloud staff and volunteers. The Opel FoodCloud fleet, which has a combined retail value of over €195,000 is expected to travel over 112,000km per year, fueling the food movement with the delivery of over 1,000 tonnes of otherwise wasted food.

FoodCloud is a social enterprise that connects businesses with surplus food to charities in their local communities that need it through a software platform. Some of the organisations FoodCloud already works with include The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and The Simon Community.

For more information check out http://food.cloud or to find out more about the Opel Combo and Opel Movano vans click here.

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General Mills to Restructure Global Supply Chain

North America-based international food group General Mills has announced restructuring in its global supply chain, impacting its US, Brazil, and China operations. General Mills has made a tentative decision to close its manufacturing facility in Vineland, New Jersey, and transfer production to other US facilities to eliminate excess soup capacity in its North America supply chain. The proposed closure would impact approximately 370 employees. General Mills expects the action to be completed by the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The Vineland facility has been operated by General Mills since 2001.

General Mills has reached a tentative agreement to sell its Martel, Ohio, facility to Mennel Milling Company, pending negotiations with union officials. If the decision becomes final, the sale is expected to close by the second quarter of fiscal 2017. At that time Mennel would act as a supplier to General Mills. A closure would impact approximately 180 employees. The Martel plant manufactures dry baking mix products and has been operated by General Mills since 2001.

General Mills has decided to close the Marília manufacturing facility and distribution center and transfer production out of the São Bernardo do Campo facility to other General Mills facilities in Brazil. General Mills is negotiating an exit package for the approximately 420 impacted employees with union officials for both locations. The Marília closure and the transfer of production out of São Bernardo do Campo will be completed in the first quarter of fiscal 2017. Both the Marília and São Bernardo do Campo facilities have been operated by General Mills since 2012.

General Mills has also decided to exit the fruit snacks business in China. The company will stop producing Trix products at its Nanjing, China, facility during the first quarter of fiscal 2017. General Mills will continue to make Bugles snacks in Nanjing. The decision will result in the loss of approximately 300 positions in China. General Mills has manufactured Bugles in China since 1999 and Trix since 2005.

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IMHX 2016 Showcases the Latest Materials Handling and Supply Chain Solutions

Logistics and materials handling touch everyone’s lives – whatever is purchased be it online, in store or delivered from a wholesaler. That’s why IMHX, the UK’s leading logistics exhibition taking place at Birmingham’s NEC from 13th to 16th September, is a must-attend event.

Sponsored by financial services provider Investec, IMHX 2016 will reflect every aspect of 21st century intralogistics. Present at the show will be over 100 suppliers of forklift trucks and associated products and services, over 30 supply chain and warehouse IT providers, in excess of 40 suppliers of automation solutions, over 25 companies working in packaging and well over 60 general materials handling exhibitors.

The regional heats of the RTITB Operator of the Year return to IMHX in 2016. This is held every three years to find the best forklift operator in the country.

The Design4Safety awards, organised by the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA), will also be part of IMHX 2016. The aim of the awards is to highlight the importance of product or service design in improving safety standards. Enter by visiting http://www.imhx.biz/design4safety.

Demonstration Zone and Supply Chain IT Village

There will also be a Demonstration Zone where manufacturers will be putting their trucks and equipment through their paces, showing their capabilities and versatility.

IMHX2July2016IT solutions are playing a growing role in the supply chain and in response to these developments for the first time IMHX will feature a dedicated Supply Chain IT Village. Among those exhibiting will be Proteus Software which specialises in providing Warehouse Management Systems (WMS).

David Bugden of Proteus says: “IMHX is the event for anyone involved in logistics and supply chain and this is our fifth time attending. The new IT Village provides a great platform for technology providers to meet potential customers and showcase new innovative developments.”

Future Skills Zone

Also for the first time ever this year at IMHX we are pleased to announce a Future Skills Zone highlighting the careers available to young people in Britain’s logistics sector, and featuring leading employers from across the sector.

IMHXLogoJuly2016The Future Skills Zone at IMHX will show the brightest and the best that they don’t need to choose university as their route to a good career – and that a vocational route can take them into highly skilled managerial positions.

Leading companies across the UK are crying out for ambitious and motivated young people to take on interesting and challenging roles in logistics and allied industries and those participating in the Zone include leading forklift truck manufacturers Toyota Material Handling, and Linde Material Handling, whose apprentices will be stripping down and rebuilding a vehicle, Crown and Jungheinrich.

IMHX3July2016Within the Future Skills Zone there is also a Future Skills Presentation Theatre which will feature a series of presentations from young aspiring logisticians who will provide insight into what a logistics career path can offer. Presentations from XPO Logistics and Widdop & Co are already scheduled, with others being confirmed shortly.

The former BITA Academy, now the new Forklift Training Engineering Centre (F-TEC), the industry’s training centre for apprentices and engineers, will also be providing information on apprenticeships. 

Aftersales Director for Linde Material Handling UK, Mark Sullivan, says: “As a business, it’s so important for us to invest heavily in future generations, and create a highly diverse and skilled workforce. Participating in the Future Skills Zone enables us to demonstrate the role we can play in harnessing talent. We’re delighted to be part of it.”

As you can see there is plenty going on over the four days of the show – and with over 400 exhibitors expected to attend, IMHX 2016 is on track to be the biggest ever. To find out more go to www.imhx.net.

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Visionary Culina – General Mills collaboration at Port Salford gains CILT recognition

Culinas Operations Director - Tom Middlemiss and Projects Implementation Manager James Preston receive their CILT accoladeThe visionary collaboration at Port Salford between Culina Group and General Mills was recognised at the 2016 CILT North West Annual Awards recently. The Awards were attended by leading logistics and transport professionals at a gala event at the Titanic Hotel Liverpool.

The “CILT Warehouse Operations Award” was presented to Culina Group for “World class performance in warehouse operations that demonstrate continuous improvement and productivity utilising the most appropriate equipment and software and a fully engaged workforce”.

General Mills received the “CILT Environmental Improvement Award” for “Outstanding achievement in the reduction of environmental impact in transport”

“This year’s CILT North West Awards championed many of the great developments in logistics and transport taking place in the North West of England,” said Simon Reynish, Chairman, CILT North West Region.

The definition and development of the revolutionary tri modal Port Salford project has been a unique initiative. Culina Group is reinforcing its commitment to creating solutions that are best for customers, consumers and the environment. General Mills is following through with its on-going commitment to evolve “greener” business operations.

The substantial investment in Port Salford, a unique multimodal facility is providing customers of Culina and General Mills with distribution options via road, rail and water.

The ambient facility, which went live in April 2016, provides 280,000 sq. ft. of warehousing space, houses 45,000 pallet spaces and has a dedicated specialised contract packing zone.

Culina Group currently has over 50 strategically located sites across the UK and Ireland, providing 3 million sq. ft. of warehousing space, while it also operates a fleet of more than 600 trucks and 1000 trailers.

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The Nagel-Group – A Link Between Manufacturers and Retailers

Based at Versmold in Germany, the Nagel-Group is a leading specialist for food logistics operating throughout Europe and employing more than 11,000 people at 100 locations in 16 countries. In 2015, the company generated a turnover of more than Eur1.7 billion.

The company group moves food consignments of all sizes and in all temperature ranges. Among them are frozen products, meat, sweets – and of course dairy products. The Nagel-Group daily contributes to providing consumers with the right goods in the right quality at the right time.

The services range from collecting raw materials up to delivery of ready-to-use products at Distribution Centers, in the outlet or even right at the doorstep. Warehousing, picking, packing, labelling and other value added services have become an important part of the customized solutions.

As a link between manufacturers and retailers, the Nagel-Group makes a substantial contribution to providing more than 500 million consumers in Europe with daily fresh food. This is the key to success of its customers.

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Waitrose Products Now Available Worldwide Through British Corner Shop

Waitrose has become the first supermarket to sell own label products through Bristol-based British Corner Shop, the online store that delivers British food parcels worldwide, straight to the customer’s door.

It will enable Waitrose to enter entirely new territories from the 138 countries British Corner Shop regularly ships to, including two if its largest markets, the USA and Germany, neither of which is among the 60 countries the UK retailer already exports to.

The website will give shoppers global access to more than 2,000 products available from Waitrose branches and add to the 10,000 products the online service already stocks. Last year British Corner Shop shipped more than 50,000 orders overseas.

Customers will be able to choose from the supermarket’s own label products and ranges, including Waitrose Duchy Organic, Waitrose Baby, essential Waitrose and the recently launched Waitrose 1* range. There is potential for more products to be added in the future.

BritishCornerShopLogoBritish produced food and drink, including biscuits and cakes to more traditional favourites like tea and soup are expected to be among the most popular products ordered by consumers. Most missed trends now also include ‘Free From’, and organic ranges which are gaining popularity.

Waitrose commercial director, Mark Williamson, says “British Corner Shop gives a global audience access to Waitrose and provides a platform for our British suppliers to showcase the great food and drink they produce. We are proud that our brand continues to retain the loyalty and trust of customers wherever they are in the world.”

British Corner Shop managing director, Mark Callaghan, comments: “We are delighted to have agreed a deal with Waitrose. Extending the current British Corner Shop range with over 2,000 Waitrose product lines gives our customers greater choice. We know the Waitrose brand will go down well with our British Expat customer base, in particular categories such as biscuits and household are in demand, and the Waitrose Duchy Organic brand is often requested.

British Corner Shop was originally established in 1999, but acquired in 2004 by Mark Callaghan. It now employs 40people and ships packages to 138 countries. It was named in The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 which ranks Britain’s top 100 private small and medium-sized (SME) companies with the fastest-growing international sales over the last two years. British Corner Shop won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2016.

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Oakland International Shortlisted for IGD Supply Chain Innovation

Barry 2Oakland International is delighted to be a finalist in the Supply Chain Innovation Award category of the prestigious IGD Awards 2016 to be held in London on Tuesday 18th October 2016.

Responsible family business Oakland International was selected for their pioneering Distress Load Management service, whereby they reduce food losses for customers, loss adjusters and hauliers on distressed loads. A practical service providing notable environmental benefits for customers, it is capable of saving up to 80% of produce whilst nothing goes to landfill; to date successfully recovering circa 2000 tonnes of food, with any food waste forwarded to anaerobic digestion plant centres where it is then used for renewable energy.

Oakland International MD, Barry Davies, stated: “We are delighted to be a finalist in the IGD Awards. Our selection is positive recognition of Oakland’s passion, commitment and desire to embrace new and innovative technologies to ensure we remain competitive whilst reducing food losses significantly for our customers throughout our partner networks.”

Oakland’s Distress Load Management Service began in 2005 and has enjoyed positive growth year-on-year. Their advanced business approach and ongoing investment in a variety of energy efficient technologies and green initiatives, has succeeded in radically reducing their carbon footprint/energy consumption.

Barry added: “We have always adapted and embraced new ways of working, which has helped build a reputation for growth through sustainability and an appetite to continue to add value and leverage from our expertise, whilst gaining competitive advantage.”

A multi temperature supply chain specialist, Oakland International supplies UK and Irish retail, wholesale, discount and convenience markets from their UK and Ireland facilities; continuing to refine and innovate to support industry change.

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Corrugated Packaging Brings Breath of Fresh Air to Online Retailer

hellofresh080716A corrugated packaging redesign has resulted in a recyclable and cost-saving logistics solution for a leading online fresh food ingredients supplier, as well as providing a fun, interactive opening experience for the company’s millions of customers.

HelloFresh, which has grown into a multi-national online success story delivering delicious and healthy pre-packed food ingredients to homes here and overseas, was searching for a sustainable packaging solution that reflected its energetic brand image while protecting the fragile contents inside.

The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) says that supply chains continue to be scrutinised in an effort to drive down costs and meet environmental objectives. Recycled materials are becoming essential to what retailers want.

By collaborating with HelloFresh to establish a comprehensive understanding of its supply chain’s primary targets, challenges and brand aspirations, the corrugated supplier created a customised chilled ingredient case which offers space savings and greater protection during transit, inspired by the bold colours of the quality fresh produce that the client delivers.

This environmentally-minded solution for the online food retailer – the rebranded corrugated packaging is 100% recyclable –- has increased packing space by 17% and pallet fill by 13%, reducing the number of pallets shipped annually by over 3,500 – equivalent to a £50,000 saving.

The new corrugated case was created from the ‘waste area’ of the previous structure and did not require any additional board nor was there an increase in the paper weight. However, it was still able to provide greater stability to protect the ingredients while providing HelloFresh’s customers with a rewarding opening experience.

Luke Grob, Head of Product and Innovation at HelloFresh, said: “It’s essential for us to always keep our customers at the heart of everything we do. The new corrugated packaging emphasises our vision and passion for customer-centric attention to detail.”

Corrugated packaging sets a benchmark for versatility as it can be adapted to fit almost any shape and size, making it a vital logistics partner for a variety of reasons. It can address downstream issues, such as environmentally friendly serving trays for fish and chips, as well as providing the best solution for purchases to reach online shoppers in pristine condition.

The growth of e-commerce is another sector where corrugated’s flexibility comes into its own as it offers a packaging strategy for brand appeal, improved protection during transit and ultimately customer satisfaction.

CPI’s Director of Packaging Affairs, Andy Barnetson, said: “The new cases have visibly improved the brand’s equity, increased customer retention and significantly reduced the return rate on HelloFresh orders. The Corrugated Industry’s commitment to innovation and flexible packaging helps it to deliver customer-centric solutions.”

In addition to its high quality presentational characteristics and the protection corrugated offers for goods in transit, the industry is proud to use and promote a sustainable and renewable material, more than 80% of which is recycled.

HelloFresh currently operates in Germany, the United Kingdom, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Australia and the USA. HelloFresh delivered 17.0 million meals in the 3-month period up to 31 December 2015, and 7.5 million in March 2016 to over 800,000 active subscribers.

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Flexibility and Performance – The End of Line Marked ‘ACMI’

ACMI project managed and installed at the French based Coca-Cola group in Socx-Bergues, a completely automatic end-of-line system to handle a number of different packaging solutions. Such a solution is only possible thanks to the flexibility and efficiency of the palletising and stretch wrapping system projected by ACMI.

Palletising Group

ACMI installed at the CCE factory a mixed type of palletising system, which allows the handling of both packs and trays with bulk bottles on the same machine. The machine, or better still the system focuses on the palletising robot system Condor P136. The machine is fed on one side by an automatic bulk bottle channeling system and on the other by the Twisterbox continuous layer formation system. The bulk bottle channeling system is equipped with a pressureless system and special guides which maintain the integrity of the product being handled along with the label. Seeing that the Condor robot is equipped with an automatic head changeover system, the format changeover times are extremely rapid and simplified along with the function of the operator.

Trays with bulk bottles.

Trays with bulk bottles.

From the same touch-screen panel the operator can manage both the Twisterbox functions along with the format changeover functions without any mechanical intervention. This type of operational function which characterises the packaging systems projected by ACMI, represents an advantage for all those customers such as the Coca-Cola group, who need to reduce to a minimum or better still eliminate the requirement of any operator intervention thus favor a highly automated system which guarantees a high level of line efficiency.

Twisterbox System

The Twisterbox continuous layer formation system is one of the principle components of the ACMI end-of-line systems, and it represents the top of its product range: speed, performance, flexibility, precision and reduced maintenance are its points of strength. The system projected by ACMI, is one of a kind in its range, it is capable of handling with high efficiency even small unstable packs (2×2 or 3×2 configurations) without the need of any over packing, which substantially reduces packaging costs.

Wrapping

Rocket pallet stretch wrapper.

Rocket pallet stretch wrapper.

At the Socx-Bergues factory two innovative rotating table pallet stretch wrappers of the Rocket series were installed. These stretchwrappers have been constructed with SCARA robotic technology, a type of technology skillfully used by ACMI in the packaging sector which allowed excellent results to be obtained in terms of performance, maintenance and simplicity of use. The Rocket stretch wrapper works with a spool reel height of 1000 mm and is equipped with a hermetic “waterproof” system. The machine reaches very high speeds thanks to a completely electronic pre-stretching system which perfectly handles the elasticity of the film. This innovative system can achieve speeds of 400%, if the film consents it, guaranteeing excellent containment of the pallet thanks to the perfect handling of the plastic phase of the extensible material. In the Coca Cola factory the two pallet stretch wrappers absorb a production of 36.000 bottles per hour (at the filler) handling full pallets or half pallets with half trays in cartons. In order to guarantee the maximum productivity, both machines were equipped with an automatic pre-stretching group changeover system, which apart from simplifying the operators function also improves the overall efficiency of the line as it allows the machine to pass from one pre-stretching group to another in a completely automatic manner.

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Keelings Awarded Tesco Contract For Next 12 Months

Keelings Logistics Solutions has announced it has retained a 12 month contract for the management of Tesco’s Chilled and Frozen Distribution Centre in Ballymun, Ireland, following a recent Tender process.

The company has worked alongside Tesco since its first chilled distribution opened in 1998 and has retained the management of the distribution centre after Tesco opened its new Greenfield site in August 2003.

Keelings Logistic Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Keelings Group, a family business which has over 85 years growing, and fresh produce supply chain experience.  Keelings Group employs approximately 2,000 people.

Caroline Keeling, Keelings Group CEO comments: “We worked very hard to retain our partnership and we are delighted with the final outcome. It is great news for our people in Ballymun and I’d like to personally thank them all for their continued dedication to the Keelings and Tesco businesses.  We look forward to many more years of continued service.”

Sheila Gallagher, Tesco Commercial Director, says: “Tesco is very proud to work with Keelings, one of Ireland’s very successful family businesses.  Both companies have worked together over many years and we congratulate them on competitively winning our fresh and frozen warehouse operations contract.  Keelings Logistic Solutions has worked hard for Tesco and we appreciate their partnership with us.”

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Pictured at Keelings Ballymun are (left to right): Sheila Gallagher, Commercial Director at Tesco, and Caroline Keeling, Keelings Group CEO.

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Arla Foods Opens New Distribution Hub in Germany

Arla Foods has opened a new state-of-art distribution terminal with a combined 10,000 sq m warehouse with cooling areas and office buildings in Heidenau near Hamburg. The new distribution centre for Arla Foods was completed on schedule at the end of January.

The complex, which is operated by DSV Solutions, will be used by Arla Foods as the most important logistical hub for supplying the northern and eastern regions of Germany with dairy products from Arla. Warehouse capacity is already being expanded and is expected to be ready for regular operation by October 2016.

In the future, the new distribution centre in Heidenau will stock products from no less than 30 Arla dairy sites around Europe. A team of 40 employees daily moves 1,200 pallets around the incoming/outgoing goods section.

Arla Foods has been the third largest dairy company in Germany since 2012.

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New System Delivers Major Enhancements For Partner Logistics

A new Warehouse Management System (WMS) has been successfully introduced at the Partner Logistics cold store in Wisbech following a four month implementation project.

The new WMS, which is part of a group-wide ICT platform upgrade, aims to standardise the software used across all six Partner Logistics warehouses in order to improve flexibility, increase potential synergy between warehousing and transport and create opportunities to broaden the service portfolio.

Based on Microsoft Dynamics NAV, the WMS has been developed alongside Windows and Microsoft products and incorporates the latest technology. Extended logistics modules are developed and maintained by Boltrics, who are specialists in developing software for cold stores.

Peter Bryssinck, Implementation Manager at Partner Logistics, says: “We’re very pleased with the successful outcome of our WMS implementation at Wisbech. The new system is highly-advanced and will play a vital role in ensuring Partner Logistics is equipped to deal with the ever-changing demands of the frozen food market well into the future.”

The Wisbech warehouse is the second site to implement the new system, following a successful ‘Go Live’ at Partner Logistics Gloucester earlier in the year. The next sites to convert to the new system will be Leper in Belgium and Bergen op Zoom in the Netherlands this Autumn, followed by Bodegraven and Waalwijk in 2017.

Partner Logistics is a market leader in Europe for the provision of state-of-the-art, highly automated warehousing primarily for frozen foods. It operates six facilities – two in the UK, three in the Netherlands and one in Belgium. Established in 1998, Partner Logistics also works innovatively with transport partners to provide an integrated supply chain solution for clients that include Lamb Weston, Birds Eye, Pinguin and many other leading names in the frozen food industry.

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Search On For Ireland’s Top Dairy Farm

The competition to identify and reward the country’s top dairy farm has opened for 2016, with dairy co-ops throughout Ireland invited to nominate their top milk suppliers for the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards, before the closing date of Friday 13th May, 2016.

“Irish dairy produce has a superb reputation for quality in global markets,” says Jeanne Kelly, Kerrygold spokesperson.  “In Ireland, many of us take it for granted that we have countryside with so many fields of grass – but our green countryside is a tremendous asset because the pasture-based model of dairy farming is a vital ingredient for the success of the Kerrygold brand worldwide.”

National judge Professor Pat Wall from UCD says consumers in Ireland are fortunate to have access to fresh top quality milk everyday for their breakfast and for their coffee or tea.  “We are the envy of consumers in many other countries,” he remarks.  “Our farmers are not only focused on producing quality milk but are addressing animal welfare and environmental protection and our award winners are role models for all the dairy farmers of Ireland and are phenomenal ambassadors for our industry.”

“When we visit the short-listed farms every year as judges we see at first hand the genuine pride of Irish dairy farmers in what they do on a daily basis,” says Dr David Gleeson of Teagasc.  “It is a pleasure for us as judges to share in their experiences. What stands out is dedication to consistently doing the simple things right; and a heartfelt wish to carry on the tradition of the family farm, passing on the farm as good as, or better than it was before to the next generation.” A celebratory campaign, under the heading #MadeForThis, will focus on the importance of heritage and the sense of collective kinship that exists in farm communities.

The judges will initially undertake detailed assessments based on the nomination forms and technical reports spanning a full 12 month period in order to select a short-list of finalists.  The judges will then arrange to visit each of the finalist farms for an inspection.

In addition to identifying the top dairy farm, the national judges reserve the option to award specific category awards in sectors which stand out from year to year, such care for the environment or animal care and welfare.

Interestingly all of the 2015 national finalists were registered with Bord Bia’s Sustainable Assurance Scheme with pro-active farm practices related to biodiversity or conservation of wildlife, to demonstrable work on soil nutrient planning or water, extending to initiatives such as rainwater harvesting.

Nominations for the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards should be submitted from co-ops and co-op farm services managers using the official nomination form, before Friday 13th May, 2016.   Rules, nomination criteria and details about the minimum qualifying standards for entry are listed on the front of the 2016 nomination form, available at www.qualitymilkawards.ie

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Oakland International Selected as Ireland Distribution Partner by Kepak

BBQ-RIB-FLAT-LO-RESSupply chain and food distribution specialist Oakland International has been appointed by food innovator Kepak Convenience Foods to distribute their Convenience range of products for the three major retailers in Ireland.

Kepak Convenience Foods produces a variety of ‘Hot, Quick & Tasty’ convenience food products for the retail markets in Ireland, the UK and Europe including the ‘Rustlers’; ‘Feasters’ and ‘Speedy Snacks’ ranges, with Oakland engaged to undertake daily stock consolidation and retailer distribution of Kepak Convenience Foods products to Musgraves, Tesco and Dunnes stores across Ireland.

Kepak Convenience Foods Purchasing and Supply Manager, Mairead Lynch, stated: “We are confident that working with Oakland will enhance the overall offering to our customers with improved service levels through a professional and responsive approach. We look forward to building a long term partnership with Oakland for our chilled distribution.”

Richard2aOffering ambient and chilled food retail support for customers from their County Meath depot, Oakland has built a reputation for adding value, leverage and sustainable growth.

Oakland International General Manager, Richard Hill, said: “We are delighted to be asked to support Kepak Convenience Foods’ distribution in Ireland.

“Our practical know-how and success in food storage together with our broad retailer distribution network across the food industry has helped build Oakland’s strong reputation for adding value on behalf of our customers.”

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Mitigate Cross-contamination Risk With Hygienic Pallets

With food and beverage exports having doubled over the past decade, Jim Hardisty, MD of Goplasticpallets.com, provides examples of hygiene best practice in logistics.

According to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), there are nearly 30 industry groups such as the Food Storage & Distribution Federation, and the industry’s 400,000 employees feed nearly 64 million people every day from 9,500 manufacturing sites and factories.

In 2014, industry exports accounted for £18.3 billion¹ yet future manufacturing and processing industry growth prediction is set to exceed £113 billion² with over 105,000 skilled new recruits being needed by 2022.

In addition to the annual Food Safety Week campaigns, the government runs ongoing consultations within the food and drink manufacturing industry to improve food hygiene practices and consumer safety regulations. In this article we focus on hygiene best practice within the industry and the benefits of using plastic pallets and food containers.

Food Poisoning

Food poisoning affects as many as 5.5 million people in the UK every year. Most manufacturers are already aware of these concerns, and thus are increasingly turning to plastic pallets and sealable plastic containers for the arguably more economical and secure transportation solution that aids safe storage of food ingredients and fresh produce and helps to reduce waste.

Jim Hardisty, Managing Director of Goplasticpallets.com.

Jim Hardisty, Managing Director of Goplasticpallets.com.

Microorganisms can be introduced at any point in the food supply chain and are invisible to the naked eye, which is why it’s vitally important for food manufacturers to source the most hygienic pallets for handling and transporting their products. Plastic pallets are water-resistant and allow for high-pressure cleaning in between uses, which minimises the risk of infestation, odour, fungi, mould or harmful foodborne pathogens which may be found on wooden pallets.

Hygienic Plastic Pallets

Although all plastic pallets are hygienic when compared to traditional wooden pallets, at Goplasticpallets.com we offer a range of specially designed Hygienic plastic pallets that are ideal for use in food production areas and clean room environments. Our Hygienic plastic pallets are manufactured from food grade high density polyethylene (HDPE) which makes them fully compliant with EU safety legislation and suitable for food businesses to use as part of an HACCP plan. The smooth sealed surfaces of our Hygienic plastic pallets have no cavities, won’t absorb moisture and are tolerant of weak acids and alkalis.

Another great example of how our plastic products have helped to improve hygienic operations within food manufacturing is our collaboration with Forresters Chicken. The company ordered just over 2,000 of our GoS&N 64140P food containers to replace cardboard boxes used to hold products in factories and to transport chicken products to customers.

Versatile Range

Our versatile range of durable plastic stack and nesting containers are a perfect fit for the poultry company due to the smooth and straight walls for large internal capacity (10kg of product), perforations that allow for drainage and good airflow, as well as ease of cleaning.

Our Hygienic pallets have fully sealed non-absorbent surfaces and are available in a range of colours.

Our Hygienic pallets have fully sealed non-absorbent surfaces and are available in a range of colours.

Heidi Nickson, Director of Forresters Chicken said: “We are an A grade BRC approved food processing company. Top quality hygiene is key to our business success. Everything used in the factory must be food grade and either plastic or stainless steel ideally. From the moment we decided we needed plastic trays and contacted Goplasticpallets.com we have received good service from helpful staff with a product that serves our needs perfectly.”

Food Hygiene Scares

Food hygiene scares present a massive threat to food manufacturers not only in terms of the financial impact, but also in the damaging effect they can have on a company’s brand. Every day there are product recall stories in the news which can be detrimental to consumer trust and supply chain relationships. Professionals in the industry can help to avoid such negative experiences by making the decision to ’Go Plastic’ by using plastic pallets and boxes.

For further information – Tel 01323 744057, E-mail sales@goplasticpallets.com or visit www.goplasticpallets.com.

References:

  1. IGD – Key Industry Facts – igd.com/About-us/Media/Key-industry-facts.
  2. Food Manufacture – Food and drink manufacturing industry set for 3-4% growth – www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/Manufacturing/Food-and-drink-manufacturing-industry-set-for-3-4-growth.

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Foodcert – Packaging as a Quality Factor

The food industry has very high standards for the production and transport of foods. As IBCs are commonly used at the beginning of the food chain, eg for concentrates, pre-products and raw ingredients, even small impairments can have serious implications. High safety standards guarantee quality along the entire chain, from production to transport and sales.

Schütz has developed the new Foodcert IBCs and drums to match these requirements. These packaging products provide full material, product and process safety. They comply with all the specifications of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European guidelines, and include many additional factors to minimise risks. This new packaging matches today’s significantly higher requirements in the food industry, extending far beyond the usual focus on materials.

Particular preventive measures on the Cleancert line: Preproduced components, such as screw caps, for instance, are hygienically wrapped until required for final assembly. Staff wear protective clothing in accordance with detailed hygiene regulations.

Particular preventive measures on the Cleancert line: Preproduced components, such as screw caps, for instance, are hygienically wrapped until required for final assembly. Staff wear protective clothing in accordance with detailed hygiene regulations.

Certified Safety

This new IBC range is based on a complex process of certification in accordance with the industry standard FSSC 22000 (Food Safety System Certification, based on ISO 22000 in connection with ISO/TS 22002-4) for all relevant Schütz production sites worldwide. Internal audit planning ensures renewed FSSC compliance every year. Schütz follows the guidelines of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), which recognises this system certification. The GFSI is the world’s largest non-profit organisation for the improvement of food safety; it was founded in 2000 by food producers and retailers to establish international standards. The area of influence of the GFSI and its guidance document currently includes Europe, the US, South America, China and India.

Preventive Manufacturing

Complying with maximum safety requirements demands effective preventive programmes: Schütz has implemented numerous measures within the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) concept. These apply to all buildings, equipment and the entire production environment and together make a huge contribution to maintaining filling product quality.

Just-in-time production and seamless traceability: the new Foodcert IBCs conform to the wishes of consumers for food labelling stating the exact place of origin.

Just-in-time production and seamless traceability: the new Foodcert IBCs conform to the wishes of consumers for food labelling stating the exact place of origin.

Schütz manufactures Foodcert packaging just-in-time on the basis of individual customer orders: immediately after moulding the IBC inner bottles are transferred to final assembly and inserted. Each production step and component is clearly assigned to the relevant packaging product and is free of silicone. A barcode system identification enables seamless traceability right back to batch and process level. Schütz can also assign individual identification numbers for articles or packaging items. Finished Foodcert IBCs are loaded indoors without delay and dispatched. Pre-produced components such as screw caps, outlet valves or bung plugs are hygienically packaged and stored separately. Containers which are being dispatched later are stored in special, closed rooms. Optional plastic covers provide additional protection until the IBC is used to transport concentrates and food products.

EVOH – Protection For Consistent Quality

Schütz can also supply Foodcert IBCs with an EVOH barrier layer to protect sensitive goods, e.g. milk, fruit juices, alcoholic beverages and aromas, during transport. This enhanced protection is made possible by Security Layer Technology, where up to six functional layers can be extruded in one go. Integrated between two carrier layers, this technology offers effective protection against permeation, preventing gases, aromas, fragrances or solvents from permeating in or out of the container, stopping vitamin degradation and significantly extending the shelf-life of sensitive filling products. The EVOH barrier also allows the proportion of preservatives to be reduced and even means that the containers do not require cooling during transportation. A white or black conductive outer layer provides protection against UV radiation and light. Customers profit from the consistently high quality and storability of their products.

Schütz Packaging Systems is committed to continuous internal research activities and close cooperations with institutions and universities. This ensures that the products developed by the IBC specialist are closely aligned to the changing requirements of the food industry.

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CLD Puts Companies on Track Towards a More Efficient Supply Chain

CONTRALOAD is the Pan-European market leader in plastic pallet pooling. This includes the rental and management of plastic pallets, IBCs and drums for the B2B market (mainly the food industry). CLD also offers support services such as transport, cleaning and pallet repair of different load carriers. In addition, the group recently developed a number of new activities, such as specialized load carrier solutions for specific market applications ranging from the automotive industry to the packaging industry and even into high care areas. CLD offers a free consultancy to put companies on track towards a more efficient supply chain through load carrier optimization and tailored pooling solutions.

Q -Is CLD also involved in the IBC business?

A -Yes and it is a growing business for us. Beside pallet solutions, we also provide a range of box-solutions for a number of different industries. We have BOP- (Box on Pallet) solutions for lightweight products such as packaging, preforms, caps and closures as well as heavier bins (Magnums) for customer products ranging from packaged foods, frozen products and even car parts and we have collapsible IBCs (Arca Combo) for liquid products in the food industry such as oils, fruit juices & preparations, sauces, creams and such.

Q – Are they all the same size?

A – No, we have light and heavy solutions and they vary from 600x800mm to 1140x1140mm. If a customer would need an odd-sized bin, we would also investigate the possibilities and invest in that specific bin, if the application makes sense. It is the basis of our philosophy to adapt our offer to the real needs of our customer.

Contraload1April2016CompressedTo give you an idea, we have 210 litre conical drums which are nestable, an enormous space-saver compared to the standard steel drums whereby the use of a liner is not always necessary anymore because of our high cleaning standards. The drums are mostly used for fruit preparations, frozen products and in the beverage industry. Our Arca Combo is a 1050 litre bag-in-box solution, available with a bottom discharge valve for aseptic filling and emptying and for non-aseptic applications as well.  We also have this bin without a bottom discharge opening for the customers that prefer to empty the bin from the top like the tomato paste users. Because the Combo is collapsible, it is a space-saver and an economically interesting alternative to stainless steel tanks. Our Combo-bin is available with 3 or 5 runners at the bottom and includes a drop-door for easier filling when needed.  Another special product is our lightweight foldable Orca, a 1000 litre bag in bag solution that CLD helped to design.  This bag is ideal for products that need to be heated before discharging, like butter-oil in the chocolate industry, but it can also be used in many other industries and for long distance transport where the filling of 20ft and 40ft containers needs to be optimized and packaging weight and waste reduction are essential.

Contraload3April2016Q – Does CLD also provides a complete bag in box solution?

A- Certainly, because we are a one stop solution shop! Together with our liner and valve partners we have decades of liquid liner experience. We can provide you with liners for every IBC we have and for 95% of the liquids on the market. Steamable valves, Free flow gusset technology, high barrier foils, flex-crack proof liners, you name it, we have it and at a very competitive price!

Q- Anything new on the horizon?

A -YES, many things, but coming into the market soon are our brand new top decks, 800x1200mm and 1000x1200mm, made from plastic and stainless steel. This product is the ultimate solution for many packaging companies struggling with wooden top decks. No more nails, wood chips, dangerous strapping, etc. We have a returnable strong solution that we will pool alongside our pallets, but can be bought as well.

Do you have more questions? Please contact CONTRALOAD at info@contraload.com; Tel UK +441212701007; France +33561337690; Iberia +34628705154; Europe +3232059020.

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Food Fraud, Safety and the Challenges of Global Trading Under the Spotlight at Foodex 2016

Foodex, the UK’s premier trade event for the food and drink processing, packaging, ingredients and logistics industries, will play host to an extensive seminar programme this April. Visitors are invited to join the likes of Bernard Matthews, Food Standards Agency, 2 Sisters Food Group and the Food & Drink Exporters Association who will take to the stage to discuss the latest industry trends and issues impacting the bakery, beverage, dairy, fresh, ingredients, logistics, meat and seafood sectors.

Safety, Security and the Big Food Waste Debate

With food safety, security and the big food waste debate making headlines, visitors to the Centre Stage at Foodex can discover insight and advice from leading industry experts. Highlighting the scale of the food safety challenge posed by campylobacter, Britain’s number one cause of food poisoning, Jeremy Hall, Group Technical Director, Bernard Matthews and Richard Griffiths, Communications Director, British Poultry Council will offer advice on how the industry can work together to more effectively meet the challenge.

Food and drink fraud will also be one of the topics up for discussion when Andy Morling, Head of the Food Crime Unit, Food Standards Agency is joined by Professor Tony Hines of Leatherhead Food Research and Professor Lisa Jack of the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies at the University of Portsmouth, to chart the progress made so far in combatting food and drink fraud as well as highlighting the high risk areas that lie ahead.

Food safety will also be up for discussion at Foodex 2016 with Bertrand Emond of Campden BRI who will explain the importance of businesses assessing their food safety culture.

A session on anaerobic digestion titled ‘AD: An opportunity too good to waste’ will see Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA), Richard Gueterbock, Marketing Director at Clearfleau Limited and a panel of experts discuss the way forward for turning waste into energy and biofertiliser.

Richard Gueterbock will return to the Centre Stage on the final day of the show (20 April) to discuss the opportunity to transform food residue into energy to cut costs and increase on-site efficiency. Joined by Michael Hogg, Energy and Sourcing Manager for Argent Energy Ltd, the session will explore renewable solutions and how new technology can turn waste into profit.

FoodexLogoFebruary2016Day two of Foodex (19 April 2016) will see Business Broadcaster Steph McGovern host a panel of industry experts who will discuss the pressing issues and key trends from across the sector. The panel, which includes Nigel Jenny of the Fresh Produce Consortium, Gavin Partington, British Soft Drinks Association and Ian Wright, Food & Drink Federation, will address what matters most to the food and drink industry, as well as offering visitors a chance to put forward their own questions to the panel.

Current challenges and opportunities in food, unlocked through ingredient innovation will also be up for discussion when experts from Campden BRI take to the Centre Stage. Joe McGurk, Senior Scientist is set to explore novel and emerging ingredients for overcoming industry challenges and driving food innovation. Rachel Gwinn, Food Production Development Scientist will follow with a session to identify on-trend ingredients and key considerations for regulatory constraints, product characteristics, and more.

Launching exclusively at Foodex 2016, the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) will reveal its ‘Feeding London in 2030’ report. With exclusive highlights from the landmark study, including the critical role of the logistics sector for food manufacturing, food service wholesale and food retail, visitors have the first chance to claim a copy of the report.

Additional topics up for discussion on the Centre Stage include how to successfully launch a new brand from concept to shop shelf, apprenticeships and how to plug the skills gap, the pitfalls and potential of global trading and global warming: is the meat industry to blame?

Great New Idea

In addition to a wide range of interactive debates and seminars, the show will feature the Great New Idea competition. Exhibitors will be asked to submit a new product/idea that has been launched within the industry in the past six months for the opportunity to win the Best New Idea Award. Visitors will place their votes online leading up to the show, with the finalists taking to the stage to present their innovations to judges and an audience before the winner is announced.

The full seminar schedule is now available online. Please visit http://www.foodex.co.uk/live-events/centre-stage to read more about the speakers and topics set to be discussed at the show in April.

 

Foodex 2016 is co-located with the Farm Shop & Deli Show, National Convenience Show and Food & Drink Expo. To register for free, receiving entry to all co-located shows, visit www.foodex.co.uk.

 

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Culina Group anchors in at Port Salford

Culina Great Bear Port SalfordContinuing its rapid growth trajectory, and success story as leading UK transport and logistics innovator, on 4th April 2016, Culina Group opened for business as anchor occupier at Port Salford National Import Centre the UK’s first Tri-modal logistics facility.

Great Bear Distribution who joined the Culina Group last month through acquisition will be managing warehousing and distribution of a range of ambient brands from the showpiece 280,000sq ft. facility.

Great Bear is now the ambient division of Culina Group.  The new Port Salford facility will be fully branded as Great Bear and offers 45,000 pallet spaces, 30 loading doors, 30,000 sq. ft. of contract packing and 130 trailer parking spaces whilst also creating 280 jobs in the area.

“Port Salford is a truly cutting edge facility, and one that Culina Group and Great Bear are really proud to be initiating”, said Thomas Van Mourik, Culina CEO,

“This development is not just changing the dynamics of UK Transport and Logistics by dramatically improving direct supply chain routes across England and Scotland, but it’s also resulting in significant carbon emission reductions and environmental savings,”

“Port Salford is taking a revolutionary approach to logistics in the UK and it’s our great people who are going the make it a success. These are really exciting times for all of us”

From the outset General Mills (UK/Ireland) is in situ as a Culina Group / Great Bear client. Its brands such as, Old El Paso, Green Giant, Betty Crocker, and Nature Valley, will be arriving by short sea freight from Europe, saving a significant amount of road haulage miles per year whilst at the same time providing a “future proof” solution to market trends.

Port Salford is a massive investment by Peel Ports Group, which will create 1,600,000 sq. ft. of warehousing. Its unique location will allow direct vessel access from the new Liverpool2 Terminal at the Port of Liverpool, due to open later this year.

This is all part of the bigger global plan by Peel Ports to develop Liverpool as a deep water container terminal and a key Atlantic Gateway.

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Foodex Returns to the NEC With Action Packed Feature Programme

Foodex 2016, the UK’s premier trade event for the food and drink processing, packaging, ingredients and logistics industries, returns to the NEC in Birmingham from 18-20 April 2016 with an action packed feature programme. Visitors will have the opportunity to join lively debates, plenary sessions and interactive masterclasses while seeing who’s crowned the winner in a number of highly regarded industry competitions.

The show will play host to the Great New Idea competition. Exhibitors will be asked to submit a new product/idea that has been launched within the sector in the last six months for the opportunity to win the Best New Idea Award, which will be presented live at the show. The award will be voted for by visitors leading up to the show online, with the finalists taking to the stage to present their innovations to judges and an audience before the winner is announced.

Exhibitors who have entered for the Great New Idea competition include Zenith Contract Services with its seamless flooring; Mono Equipment with its Universal Confectionery Depositor; J&N Food Equipment with its food processing equipment; IC Lighting with its Foodspace LED Tube; and AIB International with its Baking Process Kill Step Calculators.

Foodex will also once again play host to the National Meat Products and Premier Young Butcher competitions in conjunction with the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders (NFMFT). Sponsored by AHDB Beef & Lamb, AHDB Pork, Cambrian Training, Institute of Meat, Quality Meat Scotland, RAPS (UK), Weddel Swift and the Worshipful Company of Butchers, the Premier Young Butcher 2016 competition will welcome butchery apprentices from across the UKto compete by producing and displaying innovative Ready to Eat, Stuffed Roast, Seam Butchery, Barbecue and Kitchen Ready products.

FoodexLogoFebruary2016The National Meat Product Competition 2016 will also return for the sixth consecutive event for its biggest and best instalment yet. It will feature 20 categories and will see, for the first, time the inclusion of charcuterie in addition to the standard favourites of sausages, bacon, burgers, ready meals and pies. The competition, open to all independent butchers, farm shops and food processors, provides entrants with a significant opportunity to showcase their products and reap the rewards of local publicity to stimulate sales from customers both old and new. On the third and final day, visitors can take part in the Forklift Operator of the Year competition, in association with RTITB.

In addition to the industry respected competitions, visitors will have access to a rich programme of content both at Foodex as well as co-located shows Food & Drink Expo, Farm Shop & Deli Show and the National Convenience Show. With over 100 sessions and 250 speakers confirmed, visitors can hear from the industry’s leading experts on a wide range of topics including food and drink fraud, protecting supply chains and opportunities and threats in exporting.

Highlighting one of the biggest, ongoing issues facing the industry, the skills gap will be addressed at the Foodex Future Skills Summit. A number of leading experts will gather to address the challenges facing the industry and what can be done to encourage fresh talent to climb the ranks. Key spokespersons will join the panel consisting of Jon Poole, CEO of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and representatives from the National Skills Academy with further keynote speakers to be announced soon.

Foodex2February2016With an exciting range of competitions and seminars taking place at the shows, visitors will also be invited to join the Food Storage & Distribution Federation, on Tuesday 19 March from 9 am until the show doors open at 10.30 am, to hear more about the federation’s initiatives and key events that are in place for 2016. From specialist seminars and vocational training to member networking events and government lobbying, the federation will showcase its hard work to educate and support its members and the wider temperature-controlled food storage and distribution industry across all areas of the business.

Visitors will also be able to explore a number of the latest innovations from Denmark. Foodex will welcome, for the first time, the likes of Cabinplant, who create tailor-made weighing and packaging solutions for the food industry and Jimco, who specialise in air and water purification, to the Pavilion of Denmark. There will be seven Danish companies in total exhibiting at Foodex 2016.

Dan Dixon, Event Director, says: “This year’s show has a fantastic programme with a whole host of new and returning features. At Foodex 2016, there truly is something for everybody. I’m thoroughly looking forward to hearing from the likes of the Food & Drink Federation and viewing the latest innovations from the competition entrants.”

To vote, visit: http://www.foodex.co.uk/products/category-a-great-new-idea.

Foodex 2016 is co-located with the Farm Shop & Deli Show, National Convenience Show and Food & Drink Expo. To register for free, receiving entry to all co-located shows, visit: www.foodex.co.uk.

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After a Record-breaking 2015 UPN is Growing From Strength to Strength

As it maintains a trajectory of continued strong growth, 2015 has been a year of new records for UPN, outgrowing the pallet sector not only in percentage terms but also in actual pallet business growth. UPN services continue to maintain over 99% service level performance even with the additional 20%+ volume growth seen in 2015.

“As we enter 2016 UPN is growing from strength to strength following what was a fantastic 2015. Overall year on year UPN business growth has been an impressive 20%,” says UPN MD David Brown. “We have continued to see our membership grow and grow, with high quality new additions and indeed one addition already in 2016. With 24 new members joining in 2015 UPN has now built up its nationwide membership to a record 90+ members.”

UPN’s growth has enabled the company to consolidate in key operational areas and to provide even greater levels of service across the board.

David Brown, Managing Director of UPN.

David Brown, Managing Director of UPN.

Ongoing Flexibility, Efficiency, and Capacity

UPN have recently agreed to extend its lease for its Fradley Park location. The decision has been made to provide the UPN operation with ongoing flexibility, efficiency, and capacity, as its business continues its growth trajectory. This significant announcement provides really exciting opportunities for UPN.

“This important lease extension provides the platform for UPN to continue to grow our network with the comfort of the knowledge that in the right location, we definitely have the ongoing capacity for significant growth,” say David Brown. “This move gives UPN capacity, space, and flexibility that some of our competitors will be envious of.”

UPN are also planning for further expansion of its hub infrastructure with an additional 55,000 square feet extension. This will take its total to over 250,000 square feet and a nightly capacity of more than 11,000 pallets.

Launch of SmartPOD

In January of this year UPN launched SmartPOD, its third generation multi-platform App for Live Signature Capture.

In January of this year UPN launched SmartPOD, its third generation multi-platform App for Live Signature Capture.

In January of this year UPN launched SmartPOD, its third generation multi-platform App for Live Signature Capture. UPN were the first Pallet Network to have Live Signature Capture. The launch of SmartPOD has maintained the company’s reputation as a pallet sector IT innovator.

SmartPOD is now available for both Apple and for Android smart phones. Bespoke to UPN, SmartPOD is an industry-leading App tailored specifically to the UPN operation enables all members to now achieve 100% live signature capture. The new SmartPOD App is available for both Android and Apple smart phones. Uploaded proof of delivery can now be available within seconds of the delivery being made. All signatures obtained at the point of delivery are uploaded to UPN central servers in real-time.

“UPN now have a great team in place across all elements of our business,” adds David Brown. “Our membership is strong, growing, and unified. Our IT infrastructure and systems are second to none, 2016 really is going to be a big year for UPN!”

Tremendous Growth

United Pallet Network has enjoyed tremendous growth since entering the UK market place in 2001 and now has a nationwide UK network of over ninety members.

The UPN network delivers a seamless delivery and collection service across the UK and Europe. UPN has evolved over more than a decade to provide truly first class delivery for palletised freight. UPN services are underpinned by the most advanced IT systems including the Pallet Network sectors first successful real-time signature capture system.

For further information visit www.u-p-n.co.uk.

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