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AGRO Merchants Group Expands in the Iberian Region

AGRO Merchants Group, a global leader in cold storage and logistics solutions, has announced the acquisition of Cold Land SGPS SA from funds affiliated with Inter-Risco, a premier Portuguese private equity firm, and Portugal Ventures, a venture capital and private equity firm. Cold Land is the parent company of Frissul and Frigomato, which together offer 303,200 cubic meters of storage capacity or the equivalent of 55,700 pallet positions, making it the leading cold storage operator in Portugal and a key player in the Iberian Peninsula. This latest acquisition for AGRO expands its footprint in a key strategic region and significantly broadens its capabilities and service offerings throughout the food supply chain. The current management team, led by CEO Afonso Almeida, will continue to lead the business in Portugal.

The company’s largest cold store is located in Carregado Industrial Estate in the Lisbon district. Two additional facilities are based in Aveleda and Aguda, both in the Porto area. The business is well-known for its high levels of quality, innovation and extensive expertise in value-added services, plus technology systems that enhances productivity throughout the distribution process. Product expertise includes frozen/deep-frozen such as ice cream, bread, pastries, produce and protein, as well as refrigerated products like dairy and cold meats. The company has developed a deep roster of customers across the food chain including producers, retailers, distributors and traders. Group certifications include ISO 9001, SMETA and IFS Logistics.

Strategic Goal

This latest acquisition by AGRO furthers its strategic goal to become the leading cold storage and logistics service partner serving the Iberian Peninsula. In March 2016, AGRO acquired Barcelona-based APC, a cold storage leader in Spain with two facilities totalling 55,000 pallet positions. Also in 2016, AGRO completed a state-of-the-art expansion of its Algeciras warehouse, which increased that facility’s capacity to 15,600 pallet spaces.

“Frissul and Frigomato are valuable additions to our global cold storage network given the quality infrastructure, customer base and focus, management team and high standards of service,” says Carlos Rodriguez, CEO of AGRO Merchants Group. “The Iberian Peninsula is also one of several key clusters for our group, with current operations in Algeciras and the Barcelona area and plans to expand further in the region. The addition of Frissul and Frigomato extends our geographical coverage and enhances our capability to offer full transportation and distribution solutions to existing and new customers.”

Afonso Almeida, Cold-Land CEO, comments: “I was invited by Inter-Risco to join Cold Land’s team just after they acquired Frissul. I found a fantastic company with amazing people and I always was supported by our shareholders and their teams. We are extremely proud of the work that we jointly developed over the last years and we believe that this work was recognized by the interest of AGRO Merchants Group in integrating Cold Land on its cold storage network. We believe that with this acquisition, Cold Land will continue to affirm its relevant role in the market and increase its capabilities, in a more and more logistically integrated world.”

About AGRO Merchants Group

AGRO Merchants Group owns and operates 60 facilities in 10 countries – Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, UK, Ireland, Austria, the U.S., Brazil, Chile and Australia. AGRO is focused on providing innovative cold chain solutions on a global basis by partnering with the highest quality family businesses and creating new, reliable, and integrated trade networks to help its customers grow. AGRO invests in modern assets, industry-leading technologies, and value-added service offerings to ensure the highest quality supply chain management standards in the industry.

For additional information, please visit AGRO’s website at www.agromerchants.com.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A new Warehouse Management System has been successfully implemented at Partner Logistics Wisbech.

 

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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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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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Manor Farm Counts its Chickens With Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Sysco

Food and beverage manufacturers can no longer succeed by fine-tuning a relatively straightforward process of pushing as much through the production and supply chain operations as efficiently as possible. They must be flexible to handle a much more complex product line and set of sales channels that appeal to specific niche buyers and their lifestyles.

To enable employees to succeed in this more complex environment, IT can ease the burden. Comprehensive and industry-specific enterprise resource planning (ERP) and surrounding IT infrastructure tools are not only important, but increasingly available to even smaller companies.

Significant Gaps in Data Flows

Most food and beverage manufacturers currently have significant gaps in data flows that result in waste and errors. These can lead to ineffective innovation, inadequate traceability of product sources and handling issues, and slow responsiveness to market shifts.

Sysco2March2016Food and beverage companies that evolve to a business process utilising more integrated ERP tools together with mobility, business intelligence, and collaboration tools can improve business performance and seize opportunities to gain market share.

Simply put, to stay ahead of the competition, food and beverage manufacturers must evolve with their partners to become more innovative, sustainable, and responsive.

Adaptable ERP Solution

Working with some of the largest companies within the food and drink industry for many years, like Manor Farm, Sysco has created a highly adaptable ERP solution for the food and drink industry.

In that time Sysco have built up a knowledge of the challenges the industry faces, and from that Sysco have developed a range of ‘best practice solutions’ for customers who actively want to reduce costs, manage performance and grow the business in new or existing markets.

SyscoLogoMarch2016Sysco’s experienced, dedicated ERP specialists understand the needs of the various niche sectors, whether it be meat, dairy, poultry, drinks, feed, seed, processing or distribution. Sysco’s team has worked across all of these sectors and understands all the pressures and complexities.

Sysco is the largest reseller of Microsoft Dynamics in Ireland and have the largest dedicated team. Sysco’s experience and insight helped the following Irish companies forge ahead to greener pastures – Avondale Foods, Foyle Food Group, Gleeson Group, Ampersand, Odenburg Engineering, Dawn Farm Foods, Dale Farm – saving money and improving productivity with their choice of ERP/Manufacturing software.

Contact Sysco to discuss your requirements today on Tel +353 1 6768900, E-mail marketing@sysco-software.com or visit www.sysco-software.com.

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New Sentencing Guidelines May Expose Food Professionals to Fraud Culpability

Guidelines*, which have come into effect in England and Wales, mean food industry professionals face possible custodial sentences for actions deemed to have caused harm or risk of harm to consumers. Leatherhead Food Research is advising the industry that failure to take reasonable measures to prevent supply chain fraud may constitute ‘risk of harm’ in a court of law. Responsible individuals tried on indictment could be sentenced to unlimited fines and up to two years imprisonment.

The majority of food industry suppliers operate with integrity. However, it is widely acknowledged that fraud is escalating globally and organised food crime is reported to be on the rise. There is no evidence that perpetrators deliberately sabotage food safety, but they do operate outside of the regulatory frameworks that safeguard food.

Following the 2013 meat adulteration scandal (commonly referred to as the horsemeat scandal) in Europe, new requirements related to food fraud were included in Issue 7 of the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety. Manufacturers and retailers must now reduce their potential exposure to fraud by conducting vulnerability assessments and introducing proactive measures to counter risk.

Professor Tony Hines, Director of Regulatory and Crisis Management at Leatherhead Food Research.

Professor Tony Hines, Director of Regulatory and Crisis Management at Leatherhead Food Research.

Professor Tony Hines, Director of Regulatory and Crisis Management at Leatherhead Food Research, says the situation is complex. He recommends that senior industry professionals make it their business to drive due diligence regimes and fraud mitigation strategies.

“By its very nature, food fraud undermines food safety protocols,” Professor Hines explains. “And from today, individuals who fail to maintain food safety face stiffer penalties. Senior managers and directors have a personal duty of care to reduce exposure to fraud since it can be clearly associated with causing harm or risk of harm. That means insisting on greater transparency and traceability to identify weak points in the supply chain, then implementing proactive control measures to curtail the threat.”

Leatherhead Food Research advocates robust food intelligence systems, built on the same principles as the intelligence cycles of military and government agencies. Professor Tony Hines explored this in a report for the January issue of the World Food Regulatory Review: ‘Combatting Food Fraud With Intelligent Due Diligence’. A copy of the report is available via https://www.leatherheadfood.com/combatting_food_fraud_leatherhead_wfrr.

* The Sentencing Council’s Definitive Guideline for Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences which comes into action on 1 February 2016 is available via https://www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/HS-offences-definitive-guideline-FINAL-web.pdf

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Trace One and Musgrave Group Renew Contract to Drive Further Private Label Success

Trace One has announced that Irish retail leader Musgrave Group has renewed its agreement for Trace One’s Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. Musgrave leverages Trace One PLM to effectively manage its private label ranges from ideation and specification management through to final packaging and approval. As owner of one of Ireland’s most trusted brands, SuperValu, Musgrave has established a strong reputation for local provenance and quality. The continuing deal will help Musgrave work with multiple local suppliers and seamlessly manage their brands, while preserving their reputation and growing consumer trust.

Own brand products are an important part of our business,” says Pádraigh Cronin, Group Own Brand Manager at Musgrave. “Since implementing Trace One PLM we have seen consistent 6-10% year-on-year growth in own brand sales, which now contributes 30% of Group revenue. Trace One PLM has proven to be the ideal solution for this success, allowing us to innovate and expand ranges with a strategic focus on quality and local provenance. We have built on the value of our partnership with Trace One and look forward to working with them further in the future.”

Musgrave has 259 SuperValu stores in Ireland and operates several retail chains across Europe, including Centra, Dialprix and Daybreak. Musgrave first chose Trace One PLM in 2011 to help manage its new and existing product development projects. In particular Musgrave used Trace One PLM to develop and launch the SuperValu private label range, now comprising 1,800 lines, which in 2013 contributed to SuperValu being named as Ireland’s most reputable brand. Trace One PLM has given Musgrave greater control and visibility over its product development process: consolidating product specifications across various divisions and providing a single view and format to monitor the content, labelling and status of all goods it sells. The complete transparency offered by Trace One PLM allows Musgrave to respond quickly to any potential problems with products in real-time, collaborate more effectively with local manufacturers and producers and champion provenance and quality to consumers.

“We are very pleased to be renewing our relationship with Musgrave, owner of some of the most trusted household names in European retail,” says Shaun Bossons, EVP Global Business Development at Trace One. “Trace One powers the world’s largest network for the FMCG industry with more than 20,000 companies worldwide, helping them to easily collaborate with partners, comply with the latest regulations and exceed industry standards on quality and provenance. We believe this gives us the perfect base of knowledge and talent to work with Musgrave, to help them collaborate more effectively with partners and further engage with consumers through innovative new ranges.”

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ADM Expands EMEA Supply Chain Footprint

Archer Daniels Midland Company, one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, has agreed to purchase a 50% stake in Cairo-based Medsofts Group. The new 50-50 joint venture will own and manage merchandising and supply chain operations, including: an international merchandising operation that handles more than 1.5 million metric tons of grains, oilseeds and soft commodities annually destined for the Middle East and North Africa; a local grain distribution operation, serving customers in Egypt; and an inland logistics network that links port operations to customers throughout Egypt.

In addition, the joint venture will own a 50 percent share of Nile Stevedoring & Storage Co. (NSSC), which operates one of the largest grain port facilities in Egypt. Located at the Port of Alexandria, the facility has an annual discharge capacity of more than 2 million metric tons, and includes additional land for future expansion; the joint venture parties are conducting advanced due diligence on a potential oilseed crush facility on that land.

“This is an excellent addition that helps meet several key goals for strategic expansion in our Agricultural Services business: it further diversifies and expands our merchandising footprint, it helps us grow our logistics services, and it is another important enhancement of our destination marketing capabilities, which are getting us closer to our customers as we deliver products directly to them,” says Joe Taets, president of ADM’s Agricultural Services business unit, and president of the company’s EMEA operations.

“We are continuing to invest in our global supply chain as we execute our plan for profitable growth,” he adds. “This year alone, in order to continue diversifying our footprint and enhancing our ability to connect supply and demand around the globe, ADM has opened new distribution and merchandising offices in Central America, Asia and Africa; acquired a port and shipping agency in Brazil; announced major expansions at port facilities in Argentina and Brazil; launched ARTCO Stevedoring; and acquired full ownership of strategically-located terminals on the Black Sea. These investments are expanding our reach and capabilities, and delivering value to our customers and our shareholders alike.”

Medsofts is privately held. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval. ADM is targeting closing the deal in early 2016.

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Data Management in Food & Beverage: Connecting Your Suppliers

Few industries are as dependent upon their supply chains as food and beverage manufacturers. Delivering good quality food in time to consumers requires all stakeholders in a food and beverage supply chain to be connected. In order to comply with regulations, guidelines and consumer expectations, a lot of data needs to be gathered and stored in order to gain insights into the supply chain. Companies approach this in a number of ways, including keeping paper-based records, maintaining details in Excel or even using fully-blown ERP systems to store data. However, many such solutions store data at best just one-up/one-down in the supply chain, without providing insights across the whole supply chain.

ChainpointJanuary2016A specialized online platform is needed which integrates data from stakeholders across the whole supply chain, allowing data to be shared when necessary and analysed as a whole.

Advanced mapping and business intelligence software allows you to visualize the supply chain and turn gathered data into actionable information. For each individual stakeholder, data such as yield, quality, water usage, carbon footprint, pesticide usage and other quality or environmental related KPIs can be recorded. Data management in food & beverage supply chains is key to creating insight and improving the triple bottom line.

In a recent webinar, KPMG and ChainPoint detailed the four main reasons for creating sustainable supply chains, combined with a practical example of mapping a supply chain and registering key metrics for all stakeholders using ChainPoint’s software platform. One of the unique advantages of using an online solution is its connectivity with other systems, offering multiple ways of gathering data, including using mobile apps with offline and online data capture technology.

To watch a recording of the webinar, please use the following link: http://info.chainpoint.com/request-recording

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Greenvale Ramps Up Storage to Meet Christmas Potato Rush

Greenvale, which supplies potatoes to some of the UK’s leading supermarkets, ramped up production to meet significant increase in demand from major supermarkets during December. As a nation that consumed over 120,000 tonnes of potatoes over last year’s festive period alone, Greenvale required a temporary building to enable it to increase onsite storage capacity quickly and effectively, during the food supplier’s busiest time of year.

In order to meet the increase in demand, the company approached temporary building solutions provider Spaciotempo, to supply and install a storage solution that was not only cost effective but also ensured the safe storage of potatoes. The unique brief, saw the temporary building feature a thermo-insulated roof and special black-out covers to protect the potatoes from sunlight, while the walls are made up of 40mm insulated panels, to ensure an optimum storage temperature. With installation taking less than a week, and similar timeframes predicted for the removal of the building at the end of February 2016, the building proved a fast and efficient storage solution, on demand for Greenvale.

Dan Barker, Area Sales Manager for Spaciotempo, explains why food manufacturers should look towards temporary solutions during periods of peak demand. He says: “Many food suppliers experience a number of peaks for their products throughout the year, with one of the biggest being the festive period. During such peaks businesses can often find themselves with an increase in demand for their products, but without the necessary resources, such as storage, in place to accommodate such demand.”

He continues: “The increase in demand for potatoes meant that Greenvale required a temporary building solution which could be assembled in a short time, ensuring the company could continue to meet growing demand for its product, while also ensuring minimal onsite disruption. We have worked with Greenvale for a number of years, and as a result, understand the specific requirements of the food industry.”

The temporary waterproof building, which measures 18m x 25m x 4m is used to store end-of-line packs ready for distribution and will remain onsite in March, Cambridgeshire until the end of February 2016. Similar solutions can be purchased and installed again throughout the year, as and when required by the company.

Adrian Dickson, Engineering Manager at Greenvale, says: “We supply potatoes to some of the major supermarkets in the UK and had to increase production significantly to cope with huge Christmas orders. We therefore had a temporary requirement for quite a bit more storage space on site and Spaciotempo provided the ideal solution. The building went up very quickly and we’ve added LED lighting, refrigeration and fire alarms to meet all the necessary food and drink regulations. We find that temporary solutions like this are the most cost effective, fast, and convenient way for our business to continue to optimise performance during peak periods.”

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Navman Wireless Technology Delivers Wright Result For Top British Baker

‘Out of sight, out of mind’ is not an option for today’s managers of refrigerated fleets. Valuable time-sensitive perishable cargo, combined with a strong need to increase efficiency and mitigate risk, requires that companies who transport refrigerated and frozen product, know what is happening, when, and to which of their vans and trucks, along every mile of road — all in real time.

Last year telematics specialist Navman Wireless launched a temperature monitoring and tracking solution for refrigerated transport industry, largely in response to a growing demand from managers of refrigerated fleets to find new ways to maximise efficiency and simplify records, while doing everything possible to ensure temperature-controlled goods remain within set conditions.

Wrights Food Group has been one of the early adopters of the Navman solution and says it has “significantly improved” operational efficiency across its business after fitting temperature monitoring and vehicle tracking technology to their main fleet of refrigerated trailers and trucks.

Complete Visibility

Six months after signing up with Navman, the well-known baker and food-service supplier says it is making savings in fuel and manpower as well as improving customer service, and have extended the use of the technology across its 20 strong local delivery fleet.

“The critical extra variable provided by temperature monitoring and tracking is the ability to see the so called “complete picture,” says Wrights Food Group Logistics Manager, Nic Cuthbertson. “Improving operational efficiency across our entire fleet is the main driver for investment in the technology, but it is the knowledge and visibility the system data gives us that is of critical importance.”

TeletracNavman2January2016Nic Cuthbertson says clear visibility of exactly where drivers are at any given time and accurate knowledge of trailer temperature, allows him to keep the customer ‘in the loop’ in real time, so the whole process of delivering time sensitive product is a transparent and efficient as possible. “We found that Navman offered the best combination of features and that the data was presented in a really usable way. There is also a long list of operational benefits,” he explains.

According to Nic Cuthbertson, having the knowledge of when engines are idling when they should be switched off has enabled Wrights to save a significant amount of fuel.

“The system also provides us with knowledge of when a door is open/closed, for example, and having this real-time visibility into our vehicles will also help prevent cargo theft,” he adds.

Improved Driver Behaviour

“We also wanted to reduce our environmental impact and improve driver behaviour. Previously, we sent drivers out and just assumed they were doing their jobs properly.”

With the Navman system, Nic Cuthbertson says any examples of bad driving are flagged up so he can immediately deal with problems such as harsh braking and errant behaviour.

“We have clear visibility of what routes are being taken, enabling us to improve routes, reduce delivery miles and avoid, if we can, traffic accidents and other issues. This improves our response to customers by identifying where vehicles are compared to their own loading/unloading schedule.”

Nic Cuthbertson continues: “We can also see how drivers are interpreting the working time directive by taking breaks, observing bad practice and drivers dragging the day out, allowing hours to be tightened up.”

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Partner Logistics Looks at the Bigger Picture

Over the last ten years the way the frozen food supply chain operates has changed significantly as a result of a number of factors such as increased consumer demand, a bigger focus on sustainability and pressure to keep costs low.

Partner Logistics, along with many other warehouse providers, has traditionally been independent within the supply chain, focusing on optimising its primary storage service rather than linking with others and having an overview of the supply chain as a whole.

However, the benefits that come from collaborating with other parties to offer an integrated solution are undeniable. Whilst offering an individual service made business sense ten years ago, the solutions that customers increasingly require can now be provided in the most productive way when stakeholders in the supply chain work together with a common goal and in an integrated way.

With prices currently at their lowest ever level due to the economic recession in Europe, logistics service providers are facing the constant challenge of reducing empty mileage, optimising transport movements and looking closely at network density to drive up efficiency and lower costs further. Collaboration plays a key role in overcoming these challenges as logistics providers can share vital information which leads to customers receiving the best possible supply chain solution available.

PartnerLogisticsLogoIn order to support its integrated logistics service, Partner Logistics has established an in-house supply chain development team tasked with creating partnerships and maximising the efficiency of customers’ supply chains.

It offers three added-value services for customers:

  • Transport – reducing carbon emissions and road miles through collaborating with carefully-selected transport and distribution companies to consolidate shipments.
  • Warehousing – incorporating value-added logistics service capabilities such as re-palletisation, stickering and re-packing as well as storage.
  • Supply chain development – combining transport, warehousing and value-added services to redesign and optimise the end-to-end supply chain.

By implementing solutions that utilise the above, Partner Logistics is looking to the bigger picture. For further information visit www.partnerlogistics.eu.

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Chalcroft Video Presentation: Cold store extension and packing hall

As a specialist construction company, Chalcroft, understands the needs of industries where hygiene and temperature control is business critical, including food, beverage, pharmaceutical and logistics.

Our projects range from simple refurbishment and extensions to full design and build turnkey schemes. With offices in the Midlands and East of England, we manage projects throughout the UK.

Our portfolio and collective expertise includes:

  • food factory construction and refurbishment
  • clean room construction
  • warehouse construction and refurbishment
  • temperature controlled facilities and cold store construction
  • distribution centres
  • retail and commercial schemes.

Our ethos is “construction built on teamwork” and from our very first conversation with you, we listen closely to understand your long-term vision, integrating ourselves into your team seamlessly to deliver a successful project.

We base our business on quality, trust, strong relationships and the ability to add value.

 

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Video Case Study: Gideon Hillman Consulting delivers for Bodybuilding.com

One of the stand out projects for the Warehouse Consultants at Gideon Hillman Consulting (GH) in 2015 was the design and fit-out of the new European e-fulfilment Distribution Centre for Bodybuilding.com; the world’s largest on-line retailer of sports nutrition products including powdered and liquid health supplements and bulking powders for athletes; with an annual turnover in excess on $500M.

GH were engaged by Bodybuilding.com to optimise the facility design and layouts, provide the equipment specification and the procurement of it; ensure construction Health and Safety Compliance (including supplying the Principle Contractor and CDM Coordinator) and site implementation, supplier and build co-ordination and commissioning support.

The facility, capable of processing 14,000 orders per day, includes a pedestrian zone pick operation where orders are picked to tote bins from carton live flow racking with back fill replenishment, and then placed on the conveyor to the packing area. A secondary conveyor takes the packed orders to the goods out despatch area whilst a third conveyor returns the empty totes to the picking area.

From securing a suitable vacant empty premises to despatching the first orders took Bodybuilding.com with the support of the specialist team from Gideon Hillman Consulting only 4 months.

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Tetra Pak to Improve Supply Chain Transparency Through Sedex Partnership

Tetra Pak, the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company, has informed all of its key suppliers that they will be expected to file ethical performance reports on the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex), as part of its commitment to improve supply chain transparency.

“As a global company with a large number of suppliers, we recognise the significant role we play in assuring good corporate governance and responsible sourcing,” says Sam Strömersten, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain Operations at Tetra Pak. “We already report via Sedex on our own operations, but believe it is time to go further, by asking our key suppliers to do the same.”

Tetra Pak joined Sedex as a supplier member in 2010, reporting data related to labour practices, health and safety, business ethics and environmental performance for its packaging material and closure manufacturing sites worldwide. Two years later, the company extended the practice to all of its production operations, including capital equipment and spare-parts.

In addition to offering transparent reporting, Tetra Pak has worked with Sedex to develop tailor-made training for its employees at more than 60 Tetra Pak sites.

Jonathan Ivelaw-Chapman, CEO at Sedex, says: “Tetra Pak was one of the first Sedex supplier member companies to go beyond supply chain data reporting to the training of its people. We have seen a real commitment from the management as well as employees across the organisation. The move to engage all suppliers clearly demonstrates the company’s leadership and commitment to driving improvements in ethical and responsible business practices in global supply chains.”

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Gray & Adams Delivers on a Tall Order For a Short Trailer

The UK’s number one manufacturer of refrigerated road transport equipment will unveil a ground-breaking lifting-deck urban semi-trailer at the industry’s premier showcase event next month. The 11m tri-axle trailer is being presented by Gray & Adams at the Temperature-Controlled Storage & Distribution Show, which takes place at the Peterborough Arena from 16-17 September.

It has been specially built to service a Morrisons store in Norfolk with restricted access. The extra carrying capacity offered by the second deck will allow the retailer to eliminate one delivery per day, saving the fuel and associated costs of a 250-mile round trip, as well as reducing carbon emissions.

Underlining the increasing popularity of shorter semi-trailers for urban distribution, visitors to the Gray & Adams stand (no D28) will also be able to see a 10.5m single-deck variant with command steer axle, ThermoKing Spectrum multi-temperature refrigeration and Dhollandia power closure tail-lift, in Iceland livery.

Positioned at the entrance to the Arena, meanwhile, will be two more pieces of equipment built by Gray & Adams:

  • A 13.6m single-deck reefer in the colours of Peterborough-based Chiltern Cold Storage – the high-profile operator is a committed user of Gray & Adams equipment, and
  • A multi-temperature insulated box body mounted on an 18-tonne chassis, with full-width transverse bulkhead with personnel door, and retractable Dhollandia platform tail-lift, as supplied to Enterprise Flex-E-Rent.

Gray & Adams General Sales Manager Andrew Brown confirms: “The TCS&D Show is the most important event of the year for our industry, and we’re taking the opportunity once again to demonstrate our ability to design and build products that are perfectly tailored to meet the specific requirements of our customers.

“We’ve seen strong demand over the last 12 months from operators commissioning urban trailers for high street deliveries and given the flexibility and efficiencies that short trailers offer, there’s every reason to expect the growth to continue. Gray & Adams leads the market in this segment, not least because our production capabilities mean we are best-placed to manufacture equipment which is invariably highly bespoke.”

Morrisons operates more than 100 Gray & Adams lifting deck trailers at standard 13.6m length, but the unit being shown in Peterborough is its first short version.

Finished in Morrisons’ latest yellow ‘skin’ livery, it is equipped with a Carrier Vector 1950 single-temperature refrigeration system, new light weight but robust glass-fibre reinforced plastic (GFRP) ECO Air tanks by BPW, and Gray & Adams’ latest-generation panel cappings. These are more aerodynamically profiled than its previous, standard one-piece cappings, so help to reduce fuel consumption as well as giving the trailer or rigid vehicle a more modern, streamlined appearance.

The new trailer will enter service immediately after the show, and make daily runs from the retailer’s regional distribution centre at Latimer Park, Kettering, to its store in Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, 125 miles away.

Morrisons Head of Engineering John Ward explains: “Access to this location is severely restricted. It’s on a busy road so we can’t reverse out and there isn’t enough room in the yard to turn round a tractor and 13.6m trailer. We’ve therefore been serving this store with four deliveries per day by single-deck urban trailers. The introduction of the new twin-deck version will allow us to take one of those vehicles off the road completely.”

John Ward continues: “We project that through fuel savings we’ll recoup the extra cost of the lifting deck in just nine months, while this radical new trailer will also help to improve our environmental profile.”

Gray & Adams pioneered the development of lifting deck technology and it sent an engineer to visit the Gorleston store with John Ward and measure up, before designing and building the trailer to meet the exact requirements of the operation.

“The Gray & Adams team have been typically professional in their approach to this project, demonstrating the reassuring attention to detail that we’ve come to expect,” adds John Ward.

The Morrisions fleet also includes more than 100 single- and dual-temperature semi-trailers at maximum, 15.65m length. Each is capable of carrying 30 pallets, four more than a standard 13.6m version.

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Morrisons Announces New Milk For Farmers Cheese and Minimum Price For Milk

Having recently created a new brand of milk, Morrisons Milk for Farmers, where 10 pence per litre goes back to Arla farmers, UK supermarket group Morrisons has now announced that it will do the same on cheese by creating a Milk for Farmers cheddar cheese priced at a retail premium of 34 pence-a-pack above the standard Morrisons cheddar price to deliver the equivalent of 10p-a-litre back to farmers who supply the milk.

Morrisons has also announced that it is going to increase its offer to its processors for the liquid milk element of its processed fresh milk to a minimum price of 26 pence a litre from later in August and through the winter.

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National Broadband Plan to Drive SMART Agriculture in Ireland

Teagasc, the Irish  Agriculture and Food Development Authority, has welcomed proposals published by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR), in Connecting Communities, the National Broadband Plan to extend high speed broadband to most rural areas. Connecting Communities anticipates if Government sanctions the plan that 96% of the land mass, covering 1.8m citizens outside of the towns and cities, including 94% of farms would have access to high speed broadband with a minimum download speed of 30Mbps and upload speed of 6Mbps.

The new Food Wise 2025 strategy for the Agricultural sector envisages an increase in Primary Agricultural production by 65% and exports by 80% to 2025, making a significant contribution to Ireland’s economic recovery.

Key to delivering this growth strategy will be the development and adoption of new technologies. Teagasc is taking a national lead in SMART Agriculture where a wide variety of data sources and sensors are distilled into useable information for farmers.

Precision agriculture brings together information from field, animal and machinery based sensors, together with localised weather forecast data, localised soil information and grass growth data gleaned from satellite imagery to assist farmers in making precise decisions in relation to inputs, technologies and management practices. Thus Precision Agriculture, by enabling better targeting of inputs and resources, can increase both a farmer’s bottom line and improve the environment.

Access to high speed broadband allows for the development of on-farm ICT solutions to be developed enabling better and faster decision making. High speed broadband also makes it easier for farmers to interact, particularly in terms of farm maps, with DAFM Scheme systems and will allow for greater opportunities for eCommerce both in terms of purchasing and selling.

This is an area of growing importance internationally. Having high speed broadband in Rural Ireland will enable Irish Family Farms to embrace and catch up with these SMART Agriculture based technologies. They will also enable commercial opportunities for Agri-tech companies to develop new products and tools, with the potential to sell both into the Irish market and overseas.

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Food Manufacturer Van Geloven Implement TXT Demand, Supply Planning and Scheduling Solution as Part of the Journey to Best Practice S&OP

Van Geloven develop and produce Abrand and private label frozen snacks and meal components for the retail and wholesale sector in Europe. There are 6 strong brands within the portfolio: Ad van Geloven, Van Lieshout Snacks, Welten Snacks, The Bourgondier, Mora and Hebro. The company has about 800 employees. Van Geloven are based in the Netherlands. Sales to the Dutch market are done through a Marketing Sales Unit (MSU) in Tilburg and to the Belgium market by a MSU in Mol. Production is executed at four locations: Tilburg, Helmond, Maastricht (all in NL) and Mol (BE).

On request of Van Geloven, EyeOn (Business planning and forecasting Consultants) evaluated the current demand and supply planning process including the planning tools within Van Geloven. EyeOn concluded that the current Van Geloven processes and systems left a lot of room for improvement. The main conclusions:

  • Lack of focus in sales forecasting on certain products and customers.
  • No focus on demand planning; only a forecast on the lowest level (article-week). Many fluctuations in the demand plan on the short term. Insufficient communication about the demand plan with sales and production.
  • Very limited functionality of the current demand planning tool (Excel based).
  • Lack of focus in supply planning on certain products. Many fluctuations in the short term plan.
  • Supply planning and detailed scheduling is done entirely manually and therefore only 5-8 weeks ahead. Limited long-term capacity planning (including the inventory planning).
  • S&OP is only used as an operational planning meeting instead of a tactical one (insufficient focus on future).
  • There is a necessity to deploy professional tools for forecasting, demand planning, and supply plan­ning. In some factories there is also a need for a real scheduling tool.

Points of Improvement

From this evaluation, Van Geloven defined five points of improvement to lead to the following deliverables:

  • New forecast and demand planning process to:
    • provide the right information at the right time
    • facilitate the correct alignment between demand (sales) and supply (production).
  • Selection of the best fit for purpose forecasting tool, including the imple­mentation and training of user(s).
  • New supply planning process for supply planning and scheduling, including:
    • correct setting of planning param­eters and usage.
    • supply planning KPI dashboard.
  • Tactical S&OP process that de­scribes roles and responsibilities, standard agenda and standard set of reports.
  • Selection of the best fit for purpose supply planning tool, based on the functional requirements regarding sup­ply planning and supply scheduling.

In order to deliver against the five points of improvement Van Geloven embarked on a journey which is still in progress today. A critical part of that journey was the selection and deployment of a Demand and Supply Planning tool. Van Geloven chose TXT.

TXT2July2015With the help of EyeOn, Van Geloven carried a detailed vendor selection process. This started with a long list of potential vendors who responded to an RFI. Following this a slightly shorter list of vendors were asked to present their offerings for the purpose of final shortlisting. Next, Van Geloven issued some ‘Use Cases’ to the remaining vendors.

The ‘Use Cases’ detailed specific situations and challenges that Van Geloven dealt with on a day to day basis, vendors had to demonstrate how they would deal with these scenarios. Following the presentation of the ‘Use Cases’ Van Geloven then had site reference visits before final proposals and contract.

Three Critical Areas

So why were TXT selected? TXT were the strongest in three critical areas, functionality, people and budget.

“Specific food industry functionality has to be a given, as do budgetary constraints, but people can make or break a project. What impressed us most about the TXT people was they understood our business, listened and would bring a lot of experience to the project,” says Barbara Van den Berg, the Van Geloven Project Manager.

“In the ‘Use Cases’ they brought solid solutions to the issues we presented them with. It was clear from the outset that we were going to be able to work well together as a team and deliver this project. That is exactly what has happened” continues Van den Berg.

Specific Challenges

To help overcome specific challenges, Van Geloven are implementing TXT’s Demand Planning, Supply Planning and Scheduling solution.

The TXT solution supports Van Geloven in the demand planning process and the generation of high quality forecasts in an environment where up to 40% of demand is promo­tionally driven. This is further compli­cated by identical products being sold in different markets with different iden­tifying codes per country, and when on or off promotion. TXT brings all of this together as part of a collaborative process in the short term forecast, and produces a statistical promotional forecast in the longer term where market intelligence is lacking.  “Producing a high quality forecast against our volatile promotional demand was a key factor in the success of this project and TXT delivered a solid solution” comments Van den Berg.

The Demand Plan

The Demand plan is an input to the Supply Planning and Scheduling, which is also managed within TXT. The solution generates an optimal plan to meet demand and balance in­ventory within the real capacity, shelf life and other constraints within a multi-site and multi-level food manu­facturing organisation. This includes managing a considerable amount of inter site demand and short term man power in a volatile environment. Plans cover a 26 week operational horizon, a 24 month long term horizon and are produced in a timely manner.

TXT3July2015The software also provides detailed scheduling by day, hour and minute, up to a 12 week horizon (dependent on site). Orders within the multi stage production processes are placed in feasible sequence by the TXT algorithm, accounting for due dates, changeovers, capacity and preceding/ succeeding orders/operations.

Key Objective

The key objective of the schedule is to meet all planned due dates while minimising down time, costs and respecting all defined constraints. Operators are also defined for each production line giving Van Geloven visibility of labour requirements on a line by line, day by day, hour by hour basis. The TXT solution therefore covers and joins up the whole Supply Chain from long term grouped level forecasts down all the way to produc­tion schedules by SKU, by line, by hour and minute.

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Increase in Irish Farm Income in 2014

A preliminary estimate of the Teagasc National Farm Survey results show that Irish family farm income increased by 6% in 2014, bringing the average income figure for the farming sector to €26,974.

Dr Thia Hennessy, Head of the Teagasc National Farm Survey, says: “The value of farm output decreased in 2014, but farmers benefitted from very good weather conditions as well as a recovery from the fodder crisis in the previous year and the total costs of production were down by 6%”. She also notes that “it was a particularly good year for dairy farmers with average income reaching the unprecedented high of €68,887. Although milk price declined slightly in 2014, production levels were up and costs of production were down significantly.”

“However, many farmers were penalised for over quota production in the last year of the milk quota and they will be paying for that through superlevy bills in 2015,” she adds.

“It was a mixed year for cattle farmers,” says Brian Moran of Teagasc’s National Farm Survey. “Cattle rearing farms, those involved in the production of young animals, saw their incomes increase by 8 percent, largely on the back of falling production costs. However, cattle fattening units suffered from lower animal slaughter prices in 2014. The average annual slaughter price was down 11 percent and income on these farms fell by 12% in 2014”, he said.

The €26,974 figure is the average income for the full population of approximately 80,000 farms which includes many part-time and small farm holdings. Income varies considerably by farm size and system with the average income on dairy farms almost €69,000 in 2014 compared to an average of just over €10,000 on Cattle Rearing farms. Less than 20 percent of Ireland’s farms earned an income of €50,000 or more, while 40% earned less than €10,000.

Strong lamb prices and production combined with reduced input expenditure increased the average income on sheep farms by 24 percent in 2014. However, it should be noted that incomes on sheep farms fell considerably in 2013 and the 24 percent increase in 2014 is still not sufficient to ensure a full recovery to the 2012 levels.

Good growing conditions led to increased cereal yields in 2014, however falling prices meant that average tillage farm incomes remained more or less unchanged at €28,468.

Just over half of all farm households have an off-farm income source and almost 30% of farmers work off the farm. The rate of off farm employment peaked in 2006 and was in decline up to 2013. The number of farm households with off-farm employment increased in 2013 and 2014.

Farming continues to remain highly reliant on direct payments. The average direct payment per farm was €18,859 comprising 70 percent of farm income in general and over 100 percent on cattle and sheep farms.

The full report is available athttp://www.teagasc.ie/publications/

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Nestlé Pledges to Reduce Food Loss and Waste

Nestlé has pledged to reduce food loss and waste in a new initiative launched at a SAVE FOOD event in its headquarters in Switzerland, attended by industry, research, government and civil society representatives.

SAVE FOOD works closely with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to create awareness of and help prevent food loss.

Food loss and waste is a major worldwide problem. About one third of global food production is wasted – where perfectly edible foodstuffs are thrown into the trash – or lost – where food spills, spoils, bruises or wilts before it reaches the consumer.

This can reduce farmers’ incomes and the amount of food that is available for consumption, which in turn can lead to increases in the cost of food. It also generates greenhouse gas emissions and results in inefficiently used water and land.

“We have been reducing food loss and waste in our operations across the world for decades. We are now formally strengthening this commitment, going beyond our own operations to work together with all stakeholders for greater impact,” says Pascal Gréverath, Head of Environmental Sustainability at Nestlé.

The initiative, part of Nestlé’s Creating Shared Value commitment to ‘improve resource efficiency in its operations’, will address food loss and waste through measures like responsible sourcing and zero waste for disposal.

Zero waste for disposal means that no waste will go to landfill or be incinerated without energy being recovered from the process. Nestlé has committed to achieve this in all of its sites worldwide by 2020.

Nestlé will also educate consumers and employees on reducing food waste and engage with key stakeholders – such as regulators and scientists – to develop and implement solutions to the problem.

The company is actively contributing to the development of a global standard by The World Resources Institute (WRI) to measure food loss and waste throughout the food value chain.

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Next Generation Hygienic Pallet Launched!

Goplasticpallets.com has introduced to its range a new, improved version of its Hygienic pallet, which has been optimised for superior performance in automated conveyor systems.

Jim Hardisty, Managing Director of Goplasticpallets.com, says: “Our Hygienic plastic pallet has been a popular favourite with the food and pharmaceutical industries since its UK launch in 2001, so we’re delighted to be able to offer this new version, which heralds the next generation of plastic pallet!”

The new Hygienic pallet comes with a number of enhanced features. Rounded corners on all sides ensure the smoothest transition through automated conveyor systems and minimise the risk of pallets getting trapped and damaged – as is often the case with wooden pallets.

A curved sloping ramp up and down the internal blocks prevents fork arms from misaligning the pallet.

A curved sloping ramp up and down the internal blocks prevents fork arms from misaligning the pallet.

Curved sloping ramps on both sides of the perimeter base allow pallet trucks to easily access and leave the pallet, even when it is empty. This feature is a huge safety benefit as it means that hand pallet trucks can more easily secure and move the pallet without dragging it across the floor.

In addition, special angles on each of the four corners make stretch wrapping palleted goods much simpler.

Manufactured from the highest food grade virgin HDPE, the new Hygienic pallet has totally smooth, sealed surfaces and is fully compliant with EU safety legislation. Free from joints, slots and other cavities, the Hygienic pallet has been specially designed to prevent the accumulation of dirt and dust, ensuring optimum hygiene conditions are maintained throughout the entire handling process.

Rounded corners on all sides ensure a smooth transition through automated conveyor systems.

Rounded corners on all sides ensure a smooth transition through automated conveyor systems.

The unique design also means that the new Hygienic pallet is quick and easy to clean. And, like all medium and heavy duty plastic pallets, it is strong and robust offering a reliable, consistent performance throughout its long working life.

The new Hygienic pallet measures 1200mm (L) x 1000mm (W) and is available in seven striking colours as standard – red, green, yellow, blue, beige, grey and white. Additional colours, including two-colour options and printed branding for personalisation are also available for large orders.

Be the first in the UK to experience the benefits of the new Hygienic pallet and call Goplasticpallets.com today on 01323 744057 or email sales@goplasticpallets.com.

Alternatively browse the UK’s largest range of plastic pallets at www.goplasticpallets.com.

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Next generation joins distribution firm Oakland International

Family business and specialist Ireland and UK supply chain operator, Oakland International, has appointed second-generation family member Luke Attwell to their senior management team to take the roll of Project Coordinator.

Joining in early 2014, Luke initially worked within Operations Administration to experience the many different factors that contribute to Oakland’s notable customer service levels and to gain a solid knowledge and understanding of all departments within the business. The son of co-owners, managing director Dean and marketing director Sallie Attwell, Luke’s knowledge of the business improved hugely, and the experience it provided offered him the opportunity to build strong bonds with Oakland’s extensive team.

Said Luke: “My role as yet isn’t set in stone, with the possibility it may expand over the next few months, but at the moment I’m working on projects looking into cost savings for the business. As I move around, talking with staff in various departments, I plan to gain as much knowledge of the business as I can.

“A lot of what I am doing now is shadowing my Dad in commercial meetings and assessing what he does well and what I could possibly do better. To be totally honest I’m really enjoying the feeling that I’m making a positive contribution to the family business, adding my thoughts to the processes and systems in place. Working alongside my parents also offers the opportunity to work in a graduate level role whilst helping to progress the business and build on the knowledge gained from my degree.”

Studying Business Management and Entrepreneurship at Chester University, Luke gained valuable life experience as well as his Honours degree. As he studied, the allure of working in the family business began to grow, with a passion and desire to use his knowledge to make a positive impact on the business when he graduated.

Oakland’s Marketing Director, and mum, Sallie Attwell, said: “As parents we were delighted Luke wanted to join the family business and we know he will make a valuable contribution to the Oakland team today and in the future.

Luke1 (2)“Luke has worked within the business for a number of years during the school and university holidays, leading teams on the co-pack lines at Christmas and supporting the warehouse and office teams whenever needed; and as a result he has a sound foundation and robust understanding of our business.”

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NiceLabel selected among 100 leading software and technology providers key to supporting the global food and beverage supply chain

Ljubljana (Slovenia), 16.12.2014 – NiceLabel has FL100_image
been chosen to the FL 100+, Food Logistics magazine’s annual list of the top 100-plus software and technology providers to the food and beverage industry. The goal of the list is to ultimately serve as a resource guide for the stakeholders in the global food and beverage supply chain.

Food Logistics this week released the eleventh annual FL100+ list of software and technology providers that hold influential roles in the global food and beverage supply chain. Their products benefit the industry in multiple ways, from reducing food waste and extending shelf life, to facilitating safe and sanitary transportation of product while assuring regulatory compliance.

“The impact of software and technology on the global food supply chain is truly profound,” emphasizes Lara L. Sowinski, Editor-in-Chief at Food Logistics. “Software solution providers, equipment manufacturers and numerous technology innovations are supporting growth in our industry while concurrently lowering operating costs, improving productivity and enhancing visibility from farm to fork. The FL100+ allows us to accommodate and showcase the growing number of companies active in this space.”

“We are honored to have been selected among the 100 food-allergen-labeling-touch
leading technological companies supporting the global food and beverage supply chain,” said Ken Moir, NiceLabel Marketing Director. “NiceLabel’s solutions help food and beverage suppliers of any size directly increase their supply chain efficiency and agility: small businesses benefit from our easy-to-use solutions, while NiceLabel enables larger corporate customers to consolidate labeling, collaborate with their business partners and use their supply chain to provide strategic advantage.”

Earlier this year, NiceLabel developed a free solution to help food suppliers achieve compliance with EU Food Labeling Regulation 1169/2011; the deadline was due on December 13th, however, the solution is still available at www.nicelabel.com/allergens.

Companies who earned a spot on the FL100+ list are featured in the current issue of Food Logistics, as well as at the magazine’s website.

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Teagasc and GII Agree New Joint Farm Development Programme

A New Joint Farm Development Programme has been agreed and launched between Glanbia Ingredients Ireland (GII) and Teagasc (Irish agriculture and food development authority). This three year development programme, running to 2017 , is aimed at the 4,400 GII milk suppliers – many of whom have ambitions expansion plans – and is designed to assist participating GII suppliers achieve profitable and sustainable expansion in the post-quota era. The new programme is the seventh in a series of joint initiatives between the two organisations stretching back to the early 1990’s.

The programme will help ensure that participating GII suppliers are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to sustainably and profitably develop their dairy farm businesses, following quota removal in April 2015.

Dairy farmers, who wish to expand, are doing so from a strong base but will require additional knowledge and support, which is available from both Teagasc and GII to enable them make the necessary changes for a profitable and sustainable future.

The objectives of the new joint initiative are to: improve cost control and farm profitability, increase grass growth and utilisation, improve herd fertility, increase milk solids production, improve milk quality and maximise compliance with the GII Open Source Sustainability standard. A cornerstone of the new initiative will be a network of ‘Monitor Farms’ which are currently being identified. These Monitor Farms will provide local performance data which will assist GII suppliers in managing their own farms.  In addition, it is envisaged that these new Monitor Farms will act as venues for increased engagement with those GII suppliers who are not members of Teagasc facilitated discussion groups. The new programme will continue to support the delivery of a network of discussion groups by Teagasc Advisers.

GII Chief Executive, Jim Bergin comments: “GII recognises the great service provided by Teagasc and its Dairy Advisers to our suppliers. We were keen to continue our relationship with Teagasc especially given the changes which will occur over the next number of years. We want to encourage more of our suppliers to get involved in this new programme and will be looking to our new team of Farm Development Managers to work closely with their Teagasc Advisory colleagues. Our suppliers have significant dairy expansion ambitions and I believe that by working with Teagasc, those ambitions can be sustainably achieved.”

Professor Gerry Boyle, Director of Teagasc, recognises the importance of working with GII to increase the likelihood of the adoption of research proven practices by its milk suppliers: “Uniformity and consistency of advice is critical; poorly aligned and confusing messages slow down practice adoption by farmers. We believe that it is vitally important that industry, which has to market the products produced, has an input to the advisory effort in the area. By working together we can harness the strengths of both Teagasc and GII to help ensure that all GII suppliers benefit from future opportunities.”

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Pictured at the Launch of a New Joint Farm Development Programme between Teagasc and Glanbia Ingredients Ireland were: (l to r) Pat Ryan, Glanbia; Tom O’Dwyer, Head of Dairy KT Department, Teagasc; Richard O’Brien, Dairy Adviser, Teagasc; Prof Gerry Boyle, Teagasc Director; Jim Bergin, Chief Executive of Glanbia Ingredients Ireland; John Moloney, Regional Advisory Manager Waterford/Kilkenny Teagasc ;and John Fitzgerald, Glanbia.

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Nestlé Inaugurates Major Dairy Farming Institute in China

Nestlé has inaugurated the Dairy Farming Institute in Northeast China, in one of the company’s biggest dairy investments that will help modernize Chinese dairy farming practices to enable farmers to meet the country’s fast-growing milk demand in a sustainable manner in the years ahead. The institute, located in Shuangcheng in Heilongjiang Province, is part of Nestlé’s long-running efforts to share its technical knowhow and to modernise dairy farming around the world through training, responsible practices and partnering with stakeholders, including governments and universities.

“We have a history of developing milk districts and the Nestlé Dairy Farming Institute is an extension of this,” says John Cheung, Nestlé China Chairman and Chief Executive.

The institute reflects Nestlé’s belief that for a company to be successful over the long term and create value for shareholders, it must create value for society.

With dairy operations in China for over 25 years, Nestlé has already established three milk districts in China, in Shuangcheng, Laixi in Qingdao and Hulunbeier in Inner Mongolia.

Nestlé is investing around SFr30 million (Eur25 million) in the Dairy Farming Institute.

China is one of the fastest growing markets for milk products globally and the market could almost double in volume by 2020 from current levels.

“Milk is becoming a vital part of the Chinese diet, so the institute represents our commitment to helping China move its dairy sector to the next stage of development in a sustainable and efficient manner,” says Hans Joehr, Nestlé’s Head of Agriculture.

The principles and practices for Sustainable Dairy farming, within the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform (SAI), will serve as a basis for the institute’s teaching curriculum and training activities; in addition to the expertise of Nestlé and its partners.

The SAI principles and practices are aimed at responsible production of safe, quality-assured dairy products. They cover a wide range of dairy management disciplines, including animal health and welfare, milking hygiene, animal nutrition, environmental protection, and socio-economic management.

The institute will include classrooms, laboratories, dormitories, and three different sized training farms to facilitate the training courses. The institute expects to train around 700 students annually through 17 different course offerings.

The Dairy Farming Institute’s business partners are Alltech, Alta Genetics, Avery, Boehringer Ingelheim, East Rock, Elanco, Foester Technik, GEA, Goke•Storty, IFCN, Land O’Lakes, SCR, Zoetis, as well as our academic partners at the University of Wisconsin Madison and Northeast Agricultural University in Heilongjiang Province. Other partners are likely to join in the future.

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