Food and Drink Manufacturing

Introduction

The Food and Drink Sector is the UKs largest manufacturing industry, employing just under 500,000 across the country in every region. The food and drink manufacturing sector also forms part of a complex and diverse supply chain, with significant importance on the UK economy.

Supply Chain Relationships and Visibility

Food and Drink Manufacturing Companies will have a requirement to use third parties to deliver business critical activities – ranging from but not restricted to – Facilities Services (hard and soft FM), machinery maintenance, transport, logistics and distribution. Strong relationships between the client and service providers, suppliers, and contractors, within the supply chain are then crucial.

An effective supply chain management platform will support the relationships and give full visibility of all service providers, suppliers and contractors that can and will be deployed to deliver works. The platform will highlight all those that meet requirements, standards, rates, contracts, capabilities, and categories. This will be all in one place, as a single source truth: with information available to all key stakeholders that require this information and visibility. The information needs to be readily available and easily accessible. An effective and reputable supply chain management platform will support all these requirements with real time data.

Health & Safety and Compliance

Health & Safety and Compliance within the food and drink manufacturing industry is crucial. Service providers, suppliers and contractors that are partnered with, need to have the appropriate verifications, qualifications and insurance relating to health and safety in place.

A flexible supply chain management platform will give the key stakeholders the ability to manage the levels of health, safety and compliance required, relating to the work that is outsourced to the third party and the category each third-party operates in. The Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) element of a supply chain management platform will support this element, with a recognised verification.

Sustainability

Sustainability is a key focus within the food and drink manufacturing industry. As such, there is a need to ensure that the supply chain is also sustainable. This includes monitoring the environmental impact of the third parties involved in the supply chain, such as their carbon footprint, and ensuring that they have policies in place to reduce waste and minimize their impact on the environment.

An effective supply chain management platform will also provide tools to monitor and manage the sustainability of the supply chain. This includes tools to track and analyse the environmental impact of the third-party partners, and to encourage and incentivize them to adopt sustainable practices.

Conclusion

In conclusion, a robust supply chain management platform is essential for effective management of the food and drink manufacturing supply chain. It should provide real-time data and visibility, allow for effective management of health and safety, compliance, and sustainability, and facilitate strong relationships between the client and service providers, suppliers, and contractors. By adopting an effective supply chain management platform, companies in the food and drink manufacturing sector can improve their operational efficiency, reduce costs, and ensure that they maintain the highest standards of quality, safety, and sustainability.

 

Prosure360 is a cloud-based supply chain management platform, designed to give clients full visibility over the contractors and suppliers they work with, and greater control of the standards required from their supply chain.

Implementing Prosure360 as supply chain management platform will allow the food and drink manufacturing industry to:

  • Have complete visibility over their supply chain.
  • Access data on a central platform
  • Information relating to the supply chain in real time.
  • Categorise service providers, suppliers and contractors.
  • Accessible data for all key stakeholders
  • Set standards relating to health, safety and compliance, ESG and sustainability.
  • Flexible question sets to support procurement topics
  • Build relationships and continue to build relationships with the supply chain.

To find out more about Prosure360, please contact Matt Bown.