Supply Chain Management

Kimberly Coffin discusses how food supply network risks are managed


Re-evaluating how to view supply chain risk

By Kimberly Coffin

Kimberly Coffin, global technical director at LRQA, explains why the way food supply network risks are managed must change amid geopolitical disruptions and an ever-changing supply climate.

It's just over a year ago since Russia invaded Ukraine sending shockwaves across Europe. Credit: Getty / Toshe_O

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War in Ukraine: what’s at stake for UK food producers?

By Elena Frandino

The Ukrainian conflict has amplified food supply chain pressures and critical raw material shortages. Once-reliable imports started fading, manufacturers had no choice but to rethink their business strategies to remain viable and sustainable, writes Elena...

Food firms should open up about their needs: logistics boss


Food firms should be open about their needs: logistics boss

By Noli Dinkovski

Food manufacturers should be open about their needs to third-party logistics firms if they want to receive the best market insight and value, the newly-appointed boss of NFT Distribution Operations has claimed.

The food supply chain could become more efficient by reducing waste at farms, claimed WRAP

Food waste on farms costs supply chain £30M

By Gwen Ridler

The UK food supply chain become could become more efficient and competitive and save the industry £30M a year by tackling food waste on farms, according to a new report from waste organisation the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

The imported contaminated eggs scandal could have been avoided with better supply chain management, claimed Adjuno

Contaminated egg scandal ‘could have been avoided’

By Gwen Ridler

The fipronil imported egg scandal – which saw at least 700,000 eggs contaminated with the insecticide enter the UK – could have been avoided with stronger supply chain management, claims consultancy Adjuno.

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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.

Tesco’s chicken recalls could create rising tensions between retailers and suppliers: Crimson & Co

Tesco recall highlights supply chain issues

By Gwen Ridler

Tesco’s recent recall of two chicken products, reportedly the first case of campylobacter found in cooked chicken, risks creating tension between suppliers and retailers, warned business consultancy Crimson & Co.

ERP raises supply chain efficiency

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ERP raises supply chain efficiency

By Rick Pendrous

Fresh produce supplier to high street restaurant chains, Reynolds Catering Supplies, based at Waltham Cross, near London, is using Infor’s M3 enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to raise order handling efficiency.

Wincanton has taken over the Britvic logistics contract

Britvic signs transport contract with Wincanton

By Rick Pendrous

Britvic, one of the UK’s leading branded soft drinks businesses, has placed a new contract for national transport operations for an undisclosed value, managing over 100,000 deliveries a year, with third-party logistics (3PL) firm Wincanton.

Direct to consumer channels could boost manufacturers’ sales by 5%, claimed LCP Consulting. LCP’s Will Shepherd pictured

Direct to consumer channel could boost sales

By Gwen Ridler

Food manufacturers could boost their revenues by 5% by opening direct to consumer (DTC) supply channels, according to a new report from a global supply chain management consultancy. 

The Groceries Supply Code of Practice covers 10 large grocery retailers

Groceries Code comes under scrutiny

By Rick Pendrous

The UK food supply chain is coming under scrutiny at two events examining transparency, competition and focusing on the roles of Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) and the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP).

Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon should be given wider powers, says the National Farmers Union

Groceries adjudicator needs more powers: NFU

By Gwen Ridler

The Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) needs greater powers to crack down on unfair trading practices following “the increasing consolidation of suppliers and processors”, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Tesco is closing two of its distribution centres with the net loss of 500 jobs

Tesco closes two distribution centres

By Rick Pendrous

Tesco is to close two of its distribution centres, with the net loss of around 500 jobs, in a move designed to simplify its supply chain operations and management structure across all distribution operations and meet changing consumer demand.

Bibby will handle all Tangerine’s warehousing and distribution requirements

Bibby wins contract to distribute Tangerine’s sweets

By Rick Pendrous

Confectionery maker Tangerine has signed a “multi-million pound contract” with third-party logistics (3PLs) company Bibby Distribution for the transportation of the firm’s range of sweets to wholesalers and supermarkets across the UK.

Just 42% of manufacturers are prepared for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, EEF claims

Many firms unprepared for next Industrial Revolution

By Matt Atherton

More than half of British food and drink manufacturers risk missing out on the Fourth Industrial Revolution – known as 4IR – warns a report from EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

Time to invest

Time to invest

By Alyson Magee

Rising labour costs and the need to become more flexible to meet changing customer demands is driving investment.

GCA Christine Tacon's remit is being reviewed

GCA remit extension would ‘paralyse’ progress: FDF

By Matt Atherton

Extending the Groceries Code Adjudicator’s (GCA’s) powers would be unimaginably complex and would “paralyse the progress” that’s already been made, claimed the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Collaboration between supply chain partners could be more beneficial than once thought

Food supply chain collaboration pays off

By Michelle Knott

Collaboration and openness between supply chain partners could prove more rewarding than transactional relationships, Michelle Knott discovers.

Food supply chain set for roller coaster ride

Grocery supply chain is set for roller coaster rise

By Rick Pendrous

Amazon looks set on making a major land grab for Britain's food and drink market. Having embarked on a raft of new initiatives, covering everything from a collaborative venture with Morrisons to moves into home food deliveries in London, the online...

Hain Daniels has expanded its fleet from Ryder

Hain Daniels increases its contract hire fleet

By Rick Pendrous

The Hain Daniels Group has boosted its chilled distribution fleet by adding 10 trucks and seven trailers from Ryder, increasing its contract hire fleet to 22 trucks and 10 trailers.

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. 

Thomas Dakin gin - one of Quintessential Brands's products

Novel packaging suppliers are becoming ‘brand champions’

By Paul Gander

Innovative proposals from packaging suppliers are now more likely to be welcomed by customers, especially where those suppliers act as well-informed ‘brand champions’, tailoring their proposals, one drinks industry insider claims.

Technology is being used to improve transparency

Food chain transparency is the goal

By Michelle Knott

The 2013 Horsemeat Scandal Created A Demand For Better Supply Chain Transparency. Michelle Knott Explains What This Means In Practice

Fowler Welch reports changes in distribution needs from its food clients

Logistics in a new retail landscape

By Paul Gander

With growing online sales, is it time for manufacturers to adapt their own planning and logistics to accommodate them? asks Paul Gander

Most M&S’s food suppliers can expect unannounced food audits: Paul Willgoss

M&S reveals unannounced food audits

By Nicholas Robinson

Marks & Spencer is preparing to roll out unannounced audits to the majority of its food suppliers in a bid to further strengthen its supply chain integrity against fraudsters looking to cash in on vulnerable companies.

Supermarkets' unannounced supplier hygiene audits are becoming more common

Supermarkets step up unannounced supplier audits

By Rick Pendrous

Unannounced hygiene audits of supermarkets’ food and drink suppliers are becoming increasingly common, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Professor Chris Elliott, who carried out the investigation into the 2013 horsemeat contamination...

Collaboration would lead to transport savings

Meeting the multi-channel challenge

By Michelle Knott

Efficient food and drink fulfilment across multiple channels is one of the biggest problems facing suppliers today, says Michelle Knott


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