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Supply Chain Solutions

Is your supply chain market-ready?

Are you operating as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible, investing in technology that will give you high returns, and running autonomous systems for the best possible production results? Reviewing your supply chain can lead to a markedly, healthier business. We can help transform your operations to ensure a consistent product quality that meets the demands of your target market and delivers sustainable, long-term growth. In today’s market, we’ve seen ten years of online growth in just six months; your business needs to be robust, adaptable and ready to grow at speed.

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We’ll help you think differently about:

Implementing emerging technologies

Our strong network of researchers and engineers enables Prof. to identify and support new food processing technologies to market. We can empower your team with the knowledge they need to adopt the latest innovations that will deliver commercial value for your business.

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Manufacturing & equipment assessment.

If you are looking to invest in new equipment or technology, we can support you through established connections with leading global suppliers. Our solutions-focused approach will ensure agile testing and speed to market. Our key areas of manufacturing expertise include breading, primary processing, cooking and packaging.

  • Advising on food factory design, process flows, and investment in automation and new tech to ensure lean manufacturing.
  • Assessing manufacturing processes to meet retail requirements and standards, including hygiene and allergen management.
  • New technology trial and validation. Starting with a viable business case, we’ll assess the risk and manage the entire project through to implementation, ensuring minimal disruption to ongoing production.
  • Sourcing equipment from leading suppliers through our global network.
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Value chain analysis.

We are experts in identifying inefficiencies within your business that can profoundly impact your costs. Waste reduction and bi-product repurposing are examples of critical areas that, once improved, can lead to significant cost savings. It’s our job to challenge your processes to ensure they are sustainable, cost-effective and world-class.

  • Waste reduction and bi-product repurposing.
  • Strategic ingredient procurement – assessing key ingredients for opportunities to buy better and cut out the middleman.
  • Raw material standardisation – achieving cost-benefits through smarter purchasing, relationship development, and process management.
  • Cost recovery and margin enhancement.
  • Labour reduction through automation.
  • Energy efficiency and sustainability.
  • Assess specifications, ensuring they complement your business, not restrict it.
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Process management.

We can undertake a general assessment of your ‘way of working’ to ensure that your technical robustness, legal compliance,
and processes are in balance.

  • Technical audits – before you go to market, pre-retailer or QSR (quick-service restaurant), we will conduct a technical review to overcome and advise on any foreseeable challenges.
  • Implementing a ‘just in time’ process to ensure you can balance stock with demand.
  • Crisis management and contingency planning – we offer a third-party service to analyse and advise on crisis-management, including assistance navigating the challenges and responsibilities during court cases and as an expert witness.
  • Food safety and security programme advisory and strategy.
  • Chain of custody audits – for example, engaging specialist third parties for organic verification.
  • Ethical standards – we’ll work with you to ensure your supply chain and processes meet the highest standards for sustainability and animal welfare.
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eCommerce

We can take your food business online from developing your eCommerce brief and online retailer strategies through to launch. We offer specialist guidance and customer solutions to ensure your business reaches its online potential.

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Supply Chain Solutions - FAQs

Supply Chain Management - FAQs

Optimising the production of consumer goods and movement across the supply chain in the most cost effective manner ensuring they are at the point of sale when you customers need them most.

End product availability is a key factor in achieving profitable business growth, rigorous control across each aspect of the supply chain is critical to meet the volume and commercial demands of your customers.

Ensures product movement of raw materials and finished product align to enable the fulfillment of customer orders and ultimately sales.

Product movement, domestically or internationally, inventory management and storage, ultimately that essential link between operations producing the products and the commercial team selling products and the goods arriving with your customer on time and in full.

Supply chain management is more encompassing across the operations, logistics management is an important function within SCM.

An example would be warehouse automation where we are increasingly seeing robotics to pick customer orders, replenish stocks or even the final delivery to consumers via drones or automated vehicles.

Its brings everything together, like a highway linking other functions together to achieve business growth aspirations. If we look at some of the challenges last year such as the suez canal, where the supply chain was interrupted major costs were incurred and stock levels impacted which in turn affected sales and business performance. Customers and consumers were impacted.

Absolutely, its a major focus today and an effective SCM program can make a significant difference to a business and their ability to win or maintain contracts.

Its the system for tracking and moving goods effectively and increasingly with enhanced transparency.

The ability to source and receive products when needed where required. Its different in the hospitality industry as volumes are generally smaller or less consistent demand so is supported by a network of distributors that play key roles. Imagine the MCG on boxing day 98k people all requiring food, drinks and even bathroom facilities, the week after the demand is significantly less so the Supply chain needs to have the capability to meet the highest demand and also the flexibility to manage lower demand levels.

Really focus in on the nature of the issue and chase it back to the root cause, its hard to compensate for an issue further up the supply chain without impacting profitability, the aim is to identify the bottleneck or weakest point and invest in address the issue at source, using industry experts.

Engage each part of the supply chain to improve communication, focus on alignment and try to secure as much of your demand as possible to reduce the impact on the business. Ensure that end users i.e. retailers understand the coming impact so they can assist also. Don’t avoid the conversation, early planning and communication is key.

Massively and still impacting, its reduced available labour for temporary workers, its increased absenteeism for standard workers and has also interrupted the flow of product and demand especially into Food service. Its lead to a refocus on security of supply and preference for locally made whilst also reflecting the change in consumer buying habits seeing an acceleration in channels such as on line. Its ultimately linked to challenges on availability from packaging, raw materials and finished products through to price increases.

These changes are likely to influence FMCG for the next 10 years, as it is driving a change in the way we source, manufacture and value food. Its also been a catalyst to the ESG agenda (Environmental, Social & Governance) which demands increased transparency across the supply chain as brands look to differentiate.

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Your Partners in Growth

Globally, the food and grocery sector is evolving at a rapid pace. Understanding these mega-trends, local market demands, and new market access opportunities across retail, B2B or D2C are what set us apart.

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