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Riverford currently operates 65 electric vans and plans to reach 240 by 2050. Credit: Riverford

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Is an electric fleet worth it?

By William Dodds

As lowering emissions becomes an ever-more important goal for the food and drink sector, Food Manufacture speaks to Devon-based fruit and veg brand Riverford about how it approached electrified delivery and the perks of EVs.

Ella's Kitchen has partnered with Menzies Distribution for its logistics needs

Ella's Kitchen sources new logistics partner

By Gwen Ridler

Organic baby food firm Ella’s Kitchen has sourced a new logistics partner to handle distribution across the UK, following an extensive review into its future warehouse and distribution requirements.

Automatic truck handling saves dock time

Automatic truck handling saves dock time

An automatic truck loading and unloading system (ATLS) that can save valuable time within goods dispatch and inward areas of factories has been developed by Dutch firm Ancra Systems.

Respond to Food Manufacture's Supply chain and logistics survey 2017 now for your chance to win £100 of Amazon vouchers

Survey to highlight supply chain priorities

By Matt Atherton

The Food Manufacture Group is conducting an online survey to gauge the industry’s views on the ever-changing food and drink supply chain and logistics sector. Enter now for your chance to win £100 worth of Amazon vouchers.

Chilled foods are enjoying a resurgence, claims the Rick Bestwick firm

Chilled food demand hots up: cold storage specialist

By Rick Pendrous

Chilled foods continue to find favour with UK consumers, it has emerged, following news from temperature-controlled food specialist Rick Bestwick that it is handling more chilled products than ever before.

The survey will monitor the huge changes underway in the food and drink supply chain

Supply chain survey: your views are wanted

By Rick Pendrous

Time is running out for you to take part in Food Manufacture Group’s online survey of logistics and supply chain professionals and get the chance of winning £100 of Amazon vouchers.

Nick Hay called for more collaboration in supply chains

More supply chain collaboration is needed: Nick Hay

By Noli Dinkovski

Food producers are missing out on “untapped opportunities” that can only be realised by closer collaboration across the supply chain, according to the head of a logistics firm. 

CHEP will supply 100,000 pallets to Iceland's container devanning operation

Iceland signs three-year pallet deal with CHEP

By Rick Pendrous

Iceland has signed a new three-year deal with pallet provider CHEP that is expected to deliver supply chain efficiencies in the frozen food supermarket chain’s operations, both in the UK and internationally.

Norbert Dentressangle clocked up revenue of €5.1bn (£3.6bn) in the year to December 31, 2014

Norbert Dentressangle bought by US firm

By Rod Addy

Norbert Dentressangle (ND) has been acquired by US-based giant XPO Logistics for €3.2bn (£2.3bn), one of the biggest supply chain deals of recent years.

Eaton: changing behaviour will put further pressure on the supply base

Business Leaders’ Forum

Brave new retail world impacts firms

By Rick Pendrous

The changing shape of the retail environment will have a major impact on suppliers in the coming years, said industry bosses at Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum in London last month.

David Cameron claimed Britain's policy of export-orientated growth was paying off around the world

M&S Gateway logistics centre to handle ambient food

By Mike Stones

Marks & Spencer’s (M&S’s) new £200M distribution centre at the London Gateway Logistics Park – which will create up to 700 jobs – will handle ambient foods, a spokesman has told FoodManufacture.co.uk.

Staff will learn how to manage their supply chain more effectively

Morrisons sends staff to university

By Lorraine Mullaney

Morrisons has launched a foundation degree in supermarket operations, which it will be running with the Logistics Institute at Hull University Business School.

The firm's 'day-one for day-two’ strategy means that goods delivered to Culina depots on one day are distributed to retailers the next day

Culina Logistics targets big boost to food services

By Rod Addy

Culina Group is pressing ahead with ambitious plans to enhance services for food manufacturers and retailers – slashing store delivery lead times and pursuing rapid growth in fresh food and other categories.

Food and drinks firms must battle Olympic congestion to deliver on time

Race to win 2012 Olympics gold

By Rod Addy

The food and drink supply chain is gearing up to ensure consumers are kept fed and watered during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Inline for growth: rising sugar prices have helped RFG

Real Good Food ‘ripe for investment’

By Mike Stones and Freddie Dawson

Bakery, desserts and sugar distributor The Real Good Food Company (RGF) is “an attractive investment opportunity”, according to financial specialist Shore Capital, after the firm posted an interim statement.

Logistics set for more change following TDG takeover

Logistics set for more change following TDG takeover

By Rod Addy


Norbert Dentressangle's (ND's) acquisition of logistics firm TDG "changes the landscape" of UK logistics and will substantially benefit UK food and drink manufacturers, according to industry experts.

Asda seeks to boost retained shelf-life in chilled

Asda seeks to boost retained shelf-life in chilled

By Elaine Watson

Asda has identified more ways to increase the retained shelf-life of its chilled food offer by looking again at purchase order cut off times for suppliers and allocation cut off times for its depots.

Morrisons: We'll need better compliance from suppliers

Morrisons: We'll need better compliance from suppliers

By Elaine Watson

Morrisons has reduced its cost per case by 13% since 2006 and slashed its pick error rate by 66% over the past year as part of a project to propel its ageing supply chain into the 21st century.

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Culina eyes up retail primary distribution contracts

By Elaine Watson

Culina Logistics is looking to work more closely with retailers on primary distribution contracts (collecting goods from manufacturers or shared user depots on behalf of retailers for delivery into their regional distribution centres).

Culina contract packing deal significantly boosts turnover

Culina contract packing deal significantly boosts turnover

By Rod Addy

Contract packing and re-working is proving lucrative for Culina Logistics, with the firm's annual turnover from these services set to total £7-8m, having established a deal to grow this business earlier this year.

Sainsbury: suppliers must clean up their data

Sainsbury: suppliers must clean up their data

By Elaine Watson

More than 60 manufacturers are now exchanging product data with Sainsbury via the global data synchronisation network (GSDN) as part of a trial designed to tackle the delays, errors and stock shortages caused by bad data.

The real dealers

The real dealers

The 2009 Purchasing & Supply R£wards research from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) and Croner Reward shows that...