Refrigerated & Frozen Foodswill honor a food processor-shipper with the magazine’s second annual “Sustainable Supply Chain” award.
I want to interrupt this editor’s viewpoint to insert a shameless plug … about YOU.
Refrigerated & Frozen Foodsis preparing to honor a food processor-shipper with the magazine’s second annual “Sustainable Supply Chain” award.
This award recognizes a refrigerated or frozen food processor’s year-over-year efforts to reduce carbon footprint in transportation and warehousing activities. With its initial program last year,R&FFrecognized two companies, frozen potato processorH.J. Heinz(principally, the Ore-Ida business) and turkey processorButterball LLC. Due to overwhelming interest and several additional related improvements, I want to use this space to tell you more about our 2012 plans.
Voting: Proud of what your supply team has accomplished? We encourage food processors to nominate their logistics / supply chain departments. Alternatively, we encourage third-party carriers (truck, rail), warehouse operators and logistics consultants to nominate food processor customers.
Award criteria: We’re looking for hard examples of year-over-year improvements (2011 vs. 2010) in one or more of the following seven categories:
• front-end transportation savings (raw materials shipping, field or plant-to-plant)
• warehouse network optimization
• transportation mode savings (truck-to-rail savings)
• transportation optimization (ie., equipment upgrades, SmartWay Partnership program)
• packaging optimization (slimmer or lighter packaging, etc., to ship more per truck)
• warehouse improvements (ie., solar energy, lighting, AS/RS-related energy savings)
• extended supply chain involving third-party partners’ noteworthy efforts
Judging: Judging this year’s entries will be 30-year-plus logistics veteran Jack Ampuja, president and CEO of Supply Chain Optimizers, Buffalo, N.Y. Readers may reach Jack (profiled on page 10 of this month’s issue!) at email@example.com or (716) 689-4601.
Award & magazine coverage:R&FFwill profile its Sustainable Supply Chain honoree in its May 2102 cover feature. The magazine also will present its award – in person – during the second annual Food Logistics Forum (FLF), June 3-5 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans. FLF is sponsored by the American Frozen Food Institute and Global Cold Chain Alliance.
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By Bob Garrison
Bob Garrison came in from the cold. A founding editor of BNP Media's Refrigerated & Frozen Foods (R&FF) Bob has profiled industry-leading companies, explored corporate strategies and covered food product development trends at more than 150 leading private and CPG companies since 1989. He has chronicled the histories of leading brands and businesses, including Gorton's, ConAgra Frozen Foods (Banquet) and Swanson's frozen TV dinners. He also has interviewed or profiled such food industry leaders as Mike Harper (ConAgra), Don Tyson and frozen bagel icon Murray Lender.