Leading fresh prepared foods manufacturer increases annual pallet demand by 25 per cent

Coventry, April 2016 – One of the world’s largest manufacturers of own label fresh prepared foods to the retail sector has reinforced its commitment to Pooling Partners by increasing the number of pallets it uses to deliver produce to customers by 25 per cent.

The new deal with Europe’s leading integrated manufacturer and pooler of pallets increases Bakkavor’s demand from 1.6 million to two million units as part of the Group’s incremental retail growth which has seen it become market leader in 11 of its 16 UK product categories.

Pooling Partners which manufactures and repairs 20 million pallets every year has retained the contract since 2009 and offers a ‘trade direct’ palletised service to help Bakkavor cost-effectively move products such as soups, salads and dips to its retail customers.

As part of the sustainable ‘circular economy’ which retrieves, repairs and re-uses pallets, ‘trade direct’ takes pallets directly from retail units to Bakkavor at a reduced cost to speed up the process and eradicate so-called ‘empty running’, the wasteful transport miles used on the return leg.

Using Pooling Partners, Bakkavor – which has a portfolio of over 5000 different fresh food products – has reduced its rejection rate to just 1.3 per cent meaning that more fresh produce gets through to customers on time without any supply chain delays.

Terry Moore, Bakkavor’s Logistics General Manager, said: “We have been very satisfied with the Pooling Partner model of ‘trade direct’ because they manage it to minimise the rejection rate whilst ensuring we can maximise deliveries to meet time-sensitive deadlines, at a cost-effective rate.

“The company has an understanding of our business needs as we have grown and, as a manufacturer of pallets, can ensure that quality is never compromised. It is a good model and a compelling business case based upon added value rather than the typical low cost model the industry has been used to.”

Carl McInerney, UK Country Director for Pooling Partners, said: “We take a holistic approach to Bakkavor to deliver a quality product and service at a reliable and realistic price with no surprise invoices – everything is transparent about the relationship.

“Bakkavor knows that from time to time it will get pallets it cannot use, but the strategy is to minimise such instances so as to constantly keep the supply chain moving.”


Picture: (left) Terry Moore, Bakkavor’s logistics general manager with Pooling Partners business development manager Paul Harmer at Bakkavor’s Spalding manufacturing facility

About Pooling Partners

Pooling Partners is Europe’s #1 integrated full-service pooler and producer of pallets and boxes.

With a history dating back to 1891, this Dutch family business provides pallet and box pooling services across Europe and is also one of Europe’s largest producers of wooden pallets. It operates three pooling networks in demanding supply chains: the IPP Logipal pool, the European network PAKi Logistics, and its PRS Return System.

The IPP Logipal pool is a leading rental provider of pallets and boxes in fast moving consumer goods and industrial supply chains across Europe. Via an extensive service centre network customers rent IPP pool pallets to store and deliver their brands. By deploying its pooling expertise in recovery and refurbishment, customers of the IPP Logipal pool are provided with pool pallets when and wherever they need them.

The European PAKi network is the market leader in pool management of exchangeable and standardised load carriers such as Euro pallets and box pallets. Customers receive pallets at the right quality where and when they need them and return them wherever and whenever; via an extensive network of more than 10,000 pooling stations across Europe.

PRS Return System is an efficient and reliable pooling system for users of CP-type pallets in the demanding polymer and chemical sectors across Europe and Turkey. For nearly 20 years it has contributed to sustainability by strongly growing pallet re-use and reducing packaging waste.

Pooling Partners is a long-standing and leading exponent of circular economy models, promoting recovery and continual re-use of durable standard pallets and boxes in efficient and sustainable pooling systems. Its production facilities source from sustainably managed forests and produce and repair over 20 million pallets and boxes per annum from wood that is PEFC™ or FSC® certified.

The company has an annual turnover of ca. € 300 million and employs around 800 staff.

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